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As a pastor, I’m awed by what I saw when the Methodist church split in NC” via NewsObserver.com (PDF). Opinion piece on UMC disaffiliations in North Carolina. (Added 11-29-2022)

Global Methodist presentation and affiliation vote” via Vaughn Stafford presentation to a disaffiliated church in Oneonta, AL on the GMC and a vote to join. (Added 11-29-2022)

The nondenominationalizing of American Christianity” by Bill Leonard via Baptist News Global. “Nondenominational communions often seem more connected to local or regional ministries than with national ecclesial bureaucracies whose histories, dogmas and hierarchies may seem suspect, autocratic or irrelevant, assessments often shared by liberals and conservatives alike, for distinct reasons.” (Added 11-29-2022)

Post by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook. A long-time Alaska lay leader reflects on the The Confessing Movement within the UMC ceasing operations on December 31, 2022. (Added 11-29-2022)

Disaffiliation Process” via Wapakoneta First UMC (YouTube). A West Ohio Conference congregation’s leaders discuss the state of their local disaffiliation process. (Added 11-29-2022)

United Methodist Church Disaffiliation” via CBS 17 (YouTube). Raleigh, NC local coverage. (Added 11-29-2022)

What should churches do if they do not achieve the two-thirds majority needed to leave the UMC?” via Dalton & Tomich (YouTube). A law firm representing disaffiliating churches gives options for churches who fail to achieve a 2/3 church conference vote. (Added 11-29-2022)

How Do We ‘Re-invent’ United Methodism? What about Love?” by Richard Bryant via UM Insight. “We don’t make the world more Christian. It’s nearly impossible to discern the difference between making the world more Christian and Christian nationalism.” “The world doesn’t need to be transformed by Methodists.” (Added 11-29-2022)

Finishing Strong” by Jay Therrell via WCA. “Earlier this month, all five U.S. jurisdictions in The United Methodist Church elected new bishops. With these elections, all pretense toward a “big tent” ideal has been abandoned. These bishops are by far the most liberal elected to date (not one traditionalist was elected).” (Added 11-29-2022)

Forum of the Future of The United Methodist Church” via United Media Channel TV (Facebook). This November 25 panel in the Philippines included Bishop Christian Alsted, Nordic-Baltic Episcopal Area (Northern Europe), Bishop Rodolfo Juan, President PCC College of Bishops, Bishop Thomas Bickerton, President UMC Council of Bishops, Rev. Dr. Betty Kazadi Musau, Congo Central Conference. (Added 11-28-2022)

Philippines Central Conference elects Painit as bishop” by Gladys Mangiduyos via UMNS. ““Everybody has a space at the table of grace,” Painit said. “To grant each one a space, everyone must be listened to, especially the small voices which are not really heard.” (Added 11-28-2022)

Estrella elected Philippines Central’s first female bishop” by Gladys Mangiduyos via UMNS. “She and other new bishops are coming aboard as the denomination deals with the continuing fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising congregational disaffiliations amid a denominational splintering. Estrella said that the people called United Methodists will always be “stronger together as we remain in Christ and live out Christ’s redeeming and transforming love wherever we are.” (Added 11-28-2022)

Philippines Central Conference elects Acdal as bishop” by Gladys Mangiduyos via UMNS. “’The church cannot afford to be divided,’ he said before the elections. Acdal admitted seeing huge hurdles in facing the threats of division within The United Methodist Church but emphasized that he would do everything he could to sustain unity in the Philippines’ annual conferences.” (Added 11-28-2022)

Why are some churches leaving — and others staying with — the United Methodist Church?” by Isabella Volmert via The Dallas Morning News. “In the two conferences that include the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a combined 89 congregations have voted in favor of leaving, causing heartbreak within the community. However, some Methodist congregations have viewed the process as a decision to stay and look forward to the denomination’s next chapter.” (Added 11-28-2022)

What’s Up with the UMC?” via Divided Methodism (YouTube). A compilation of heresy in the United Methodist Church. (Added 11-27-2022)

Post via Rico Esguerra via Facebook. Shares results of recent episcopal elections in the Philippines: “Congratulations Bishop Rodel Maquiraya Acdal, Bishop Ruby-Nell Estrella. and Bishop Israel Maestrado Painit. God bless you all and the United Methodist Church in the Philippines.” (Added 11-27-2022)

Post via Baguio Episcopal Area (Philippines Central Conference UMC) via Facebook. “Garnering 361 Votes during the 6th Ballots, Rev. Dr. Rodel Acdal was elected and declared as the new Bishop of the Philippines Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.” (Added 11-27-2022)

God’s Faithfulness Frames Special Session” by Doreen Gosmire via Dakotas Conference (UMC). On the eighteen approved disaffiliations: “Presenting the resolution, discussion, and voting for each congregation expanded to approximately 25 minutes for each church. After spending 90 minutes on the four churches seeking disaffiliation in the Northeast District, a motion to suspend the rules, present the resolutions, hold a discussion, and vote on the ratification of all the congregations in a district was given.” (Added 11-27-2022)

Why are Methodist churches leaving the denomination?” by Kait Newsum via WHNT. “Several Methodist churches across Alabama and the country are choosing to leave the denomination – with one even putting a restraining order on itself – which may have you scratching your head.” (Added 11-27-2022)

Overheard: Ruby-Nell M. Estrella was elected as a bishop in the Philippines. (Added 11-27-2022)

Methodists Approve Disaffiliation” by Cal Bryant via Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald. NC Conference: ““While portrayed as a traditionalist/progressive split, both traditionalist and progressive United Methodists are staying and remaining committed to the mission of The United Methodist Church.” (Added 11-27-2022)

What to Know about the United Methodist Breakup in North Carolina and Where It Goes from Here” via The News and Observer (paywall). (Added 11-27-2022)

Alabama United Methodist churches join split from national denomination” by Harry Butler via Gadsden Times. “The familiar United Methodist logo of the Cross and the Flame is about to go out for many churches.” Includes a list of several disaffiliated churches. (Added 11-23-2022)

UMC conference rejects 3 Arkansas churches’ disaffiliation requests: ‘Uncharted territory‘” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. “[Bishop] Mueller suggested that those churches have the right to resubmit the disaffiliation agreement, calling the disaffiliation rejections “uncharted territory.” (Added 11-23-2022)

www.leaveumcnow.com “Lifetime Methodists who feel a moral obligation to inform fellow Methodists about the failings by the incorrigible United Methodist Church.” Includes a list of disaffiliated churches. (Added 11-23-2022)

What is the Church’s position on homosexuality?” via UMC.org. This article has been updated to reflect recent events. “Based on what is known about the delegations to the next General Conference, however, even given attrition in some because of disaffiliations, it still seems unlikely that the current policies regarding human sexuality will be substantially altered.” (Added 11-23-2022)

Beginning Again: A Guide to Staying in The United Methodist Church” via UMC.org. A guide created by Steve Harper for Florida and Western North Carolina is offered by the UMC to guide those who want to stay in the UMC in spite of the fact that their congregation has disaffiliated. (Added 11-23-2022)

United Methodist split update: Clearbranch votes to go; Trinity Homewood stays” by Greg Garrison via AL.com. “Monday’s vote by Clearbranch brought the total to 159 out of 638 congregations in the North Alabama Conference that have voted to disaffiliate, said Clearbranch Senior Pastor Vaughn Stafford.” (Added 11-24-2022)

Over 200 United Methodist churches separate from conference over LGBTQIA+ policies” by Gilbert Biaz via WRAL News. Coverage of the North Carolina disaffiliations. (Added 11-23-2022)

Nearly one-third of churches split from regional Methodist church body amid ongoing schism about sexuality” by Jon Brown via Fox News. National coverage of the high number of disaffiliations in. theNorth Carolina Conference. (Added 11-23-2022)

Hostage Situation: Day Five” by Randy Burbank. A satirical take on the Arkansas conference denying disaffiliation to three congregations after the D.S.’s certified the votes. (Added 11-23-2022)

Giving Thanks” by Keith Boyette via Global Methodist Church. Status of the GMC at eight months old. (Added 11-23-2022)

Charting a New Direction for the UMC (Part Two)” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. “The 2022 jurisdictional conferences provided an illuminating look at the current reality of the UM Church in the U.S., as well as some of the potential directions the denomination might take into the future.” (Added 11-22-2022)

Baylor’s Truett Seminary Names Apologist for Breakaway Methodist Group to Chair Wesleyan Studies Program” by Mark Wingfield via Baptist News Global (via UM Insight). “An apologist for a breakaway group of conservative Methodists has been named professor of Christian theology and the first person to hold a new chair in Wesleyan studies at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary.” (Added 11-22-2022)

Jonesboro church disaffiliation not ratified by conference” by Gretchen Hunt via The Sun (Jonesboro, AR). Local reaction includes Pastor John Miles and the Stay UMC group. (Added 11-22-2022)

35 Arkansas churches get approved disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church” by Abby Johnson via KNWA. Local coverage. (Added 11-22-2022)

Tweet by Jeremy Smith (Seattle). “I love the twisted knots Traditionalists are wrapping themselves in. If you celebrated the Florida Clergy Session voting down a slate of candidates because they could, you should also celebrate the Arkansas annual conference voting as they did. It’s the same thing. #UMC #GMChurch” (Added 11-22-2022)

Methodist Fundamentalists and Modernists: A New Look at an Unfinished Controversy” by Matthew Sichel via Firebrand Magazine. History of the conflict between conservatives and progressives in Methodism: It’s doctrinal, not just cultural. (Added 11-22-2022)

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back” by Jay Therrell via WCA. An updated list of which conferences are taking a punitive approach to disaffiliation. (Added 11-22-2022)

An Open Letter to Traditionalists, Centrists & Progressives from Lonnie Brooks & Jay Therrell” by Jay Therrell and Lonnie Brooks via YouTube. A joint statement calling for a higher standards in Methodist disagreements. Print Version here. (Added 11-21-2022)

Book offers clarity on United Methodist doctrine” by David Field via UMNS (commentary). “Changing the doctrinal standards is in fact very difficult under United Methodist polity, but will the standards just be ignored? That’s another doubt that has been raised.” (Added 11-21-2022)

Delegates approve report calling for unity” via The Central Conference of Southern and Central Europe. “The report goes on to state that in matters of human sexuality, each country should follow local convictions and laws, and no external pressure should be exerted. This also does not apply in the case that a future General Conference should decide on a more liberal regulation.” (Added 11-21-2022)

Amid church exits, work starts on record-low budget” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. “As the number of church disaffiliations rises, United Methodist financial leaders have started preparing what will be the denomination’s lowest budget sent to General Conference in nearly 40 years.” (Added 11-21-2022)

3 Church Disaffiliations Blocked” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. “During an emotional, day-long Nov. 19 meeting, the conference voted against ratifying disaffiliation for First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro, Searcy First United Methodist Church and Cabot United Methodist Church.” (Added 11-21-2022)

It Feels Kind of Personal: Thoughts on the Implementation of Paragraph 2553” by Beth Ann Cook via PeopleNeedJesus.net. “Passing 2553 was us at our best. What I saw in Arkansas was not.” (Added 11-21-2022)

AP soft-pedals big story: USA progressives winning (sort of) the United Methodist war” by Terry Mattingly via Get Religion. “It would be bad strategy, at this point, to say that fears on the right have been justified.” (Added 11-21-2022)

UMC pastor files complaint against election of openly gay leader to bishop hierarchy” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. Coverage of the complain against Western Jurisdiction bishops for consecrating Cedrick Bridgeforth as a bishop. (Added 11-21-2022)

A word of encouragement from UMC pastors in the North Alabama Conference” via StayUMC YouTube. North Alabama Clergy offer a video greeting in support of the UMC. (Added 11-21-2022)

Proceedings of the Special Session of the Arkansas Conference – November 19, 2022” via Arkansas Conference (UMC). While the video from the Arkansas Conference has been made private, this print description of what happened has been added to the conference website. (Added 11-21-2022)

5 Nash churches split from United Methodists” by Corey Friedman via The Enterprise (North Carolina). ““The United Methodist Collective is a hybrid mission congregation created to provide connection and resources related to worship, discipleship, mission, sacraments and pastoral care for people living in areas where there may no longer be a United Methodist church after the disaffiliation process is complete,” a Saturday news release from the conference explains.” (Added 11-21-2022)

Some churches seek split from United Methodist Church” by Reggie Ponder via The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, NC). “For me it was under Biblical authority,” Bundy said. “I feel that the UMC has been hijacked — and I guess that’s a strong word — but hijacked by a liberal group, and every year there is something else that is put into question.” (Added 11-21-2022)

Over 100 Indiana United Methodist Churches Leave as Social Issues Wedge a Divide” via The Indianapolis Star (paywall). Coverage of the November 19 disaffiliation votes in the Indiana Conference. (Added 11-21-2022)

249 Eastern North Carolina United Methodist churches vote to leave denomination” via Carolina Coast Online. “Rev. Dr. Smith called for a ruling by Bishop Fairley as to whether the Conference could approve disaffiliation agreements for churches that were not based on Discipline Paragraph 2553, which specifically is about disagreement on matters of human sexuality. Bishop Fairley has 30 days after the special session to make a ruling, which will then go to the denomination’s Judicial Council.” (Added 11-21-2022)

First United Methodist Church Jonesboro’s disaffiliation denied” by Andrew Mobley via KATV. “According to leaders, since the ratification was voted down during the special session, the issue of disaffiliation returns to the local church, which can make its decision and send a letter to the board of trustees. The board of trustees will then “act in authority.”” (Added 11-21-2022″

Texas Megachurch White’s Chapel Departs UMC To Anchor New Methodist ‘College’” by Emily Miller and BeLynn Hollers via Roy Report. “He sees the Global Methodist Church as more conservative and the existing UMC as more progressive “than those of us that are kind of moderate.” Many, if not most, of the bigger United Methodist churches, Renner said, have congregants all across the political spectrum.” (Added 11-21-2022)

A Message from Brother John” by John Miles via Facebook. A brief video from the pastor of Jonesboro First sharing the news the Arkansas Conference denied the congregation disaffiliation. (Added 11-21-2022)

Alma, Arkansas Methodist church split from denomination approved” by Robert Medley via Fort Smith Times Record. “Methodists talked Saturday about feeling hurt, heartbreak and even anger, as they prepared for a possible parting of ways with churches leaving keeping their own houses of worship as well as debt.” (Added 11-20-2022)

NC United Methodists agree to let churches leave the denomination over homosexuality” by Martha Quillin via The News and Obverver. “The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church approved a split on Saturday that clears the way for nearly a third of its churches to separate from the denomination over its attitudes toward homosexuality.” (Added 11-20-2022)

Indiana Churches Exit United Methodists amid rift” via Indianapolis Star (paywall). Coverage of Indiana’s November 19 disaffiliation votes. (Added 11-20-2022)

Arkansas United Methodist conference rejects disaffiliation requests from Cabot, Searcy, Jonesboro” by Frank Lockwood via Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The church conference votes at Cabot, Searcy First, and Jonesboro First (79,%, 71%, and 69%, respectively) were rejected by the Arkansas Conference. (Added 11-20-2022)

Nearly 1/3 United Methodist churches approved to leave denomination in Eastern Carolina” by WITN. North Carolina coverage. (Added 11-20-2022)

27 Arkansas churches disaffiliate from United Methodist Church” via THV11. Coverage that fails to mention the churches not approved for disaffiliation. (Added 11-20-2022)

Conference votes against ratifying disaffiliation for Jonesboro First United Methodist Church” via KAIT. “According to leaders during the session, since the ratification was voted down during the special session the matter of disaffiliation returns to the local church. The local church can then decide what to do and send a letter to the board of trustees. The board of trustees will then “act in authority” (Added 11-20-2022)

United Methodist Church in Indiana splits” by Rosa Salter Rodriguez via The Journal-Gazette. “Scores of Indiana congregations left the United Methodist Church on Saturday, concluding years of dispute over the denomination’s stand on homosexuality.” (Added 11-20-2022)

Letter to Delegates” via StayUMC. A letter to delegates of the Arkansas Conferences requested them to vote against the disaffiliation agreement between certain congregations and the conference trustees. (Added 11-19-2022)

Tweet Thread by Brian Felker Jones. Context on the unusual Arkansas Conference vote to deny disaffiliation to some churches. (Added 11-19-2022)

Overheard: The Arkansas Conference of the UMC DENIED disaffiliation to three large congregations in Jonesboro, Searcy, and Cabot after they completed the necessary steps and voting. See video here. (Added 11-19-2022)

Special Session of Annual Conference” by Katie Swisher via Indiana Conference (UMC). A list of disaffiliated churches approved November 19. (Added 11-19-2022)

Jurisdictional Conference Reveals the Myth of the ‘Big Tent’” by Chet Harris via East Ohio WCA. “The United Methodist Church has failed on every account and effectively removed the center pole from the Big Tent, causing it to tumble down on traditionalists, smothering us with words void of meaning such as ‘agape’ love, acceptance, and a true welcome to the table.” (Added 11-19-2022)

Tweet by Rob Renfroe. On disaffiliations: “We have 294 in the que for the Texas AC to be approved Dec 3.” (Added 11-19-2022)

Tweet by Erik Meade. “Well the website of United Women of Faith (Which is what UMW now calls themselves) gives the impression of some vague spirituality combined with a (progressive?) political activist group. https://uwfaith.org” [Screen shot describes United Women in Faith as a “Christian organization that welcomes spiritual women of all faiths.” (Added 11-19-2022)

Post by Jimmy Boone via Facebook. A tally of how many UM churches have disaffiliated. (Added 11-19-2022)

Harvest Church could close, and members evicted, lawsuit claims” by Ken Curtis and Caddisy Lee via WTYV. Harvest Church (Dothan, AL) filed suit against United Methodist Church leadership on November 10 in fear the denomination will take over its Fortner Street campus. (Added 11-19-2022)

Post by Warren Lathem via Facebook. “Reportedly 437 UM Churches disaffiliated today in 3 Annual Conferences. 1. I understand more fully the frantic panic evidenced by some bishops. 2. If Annual Conferences could actually be gracious the numbers would greatly increase. 3. Actions have consequences, especially episcopal actions. 4. In spite of the horrendous and unfair exit policies, hundreds more will be leaving before the opportunity expires in December 2023.” (Added 11-19-2022)

Overheard: West Ohio congregations disaffiliating today represent 8% of churches, 18% of attendance, and 16% of apportionments. This is described as a first wave with a larger, second wave to follow. (Added 11-19-2022)

[Updated & Corrected] Overheard: Special annual conference sessions happen today for Dakotas [18 churches disaffiliating], Arkansas [38 churches disaffiliating], Indiana [105 churches disaffiliating], West Ohio [80 churches disaffiliating], and North Carolina [249 churches disaffiliating]. (Counts approximate.) Texas and Northwest Texas meet on December 3. The Kentucky Conference meets December 4. The North Alabama Conference meets December 10. (Added 11-19-2022)

GMC Thursday Night Live State of the Church 2022 with Rev. Dr. Sterling Allen & Rev. Keith Boyette” via Youtube. The Transitional Connectional Officer of the Global Methodist Church shares the state of the seven-month-old denomination. (Added 11-19-2022)

United Methodist Leaders ‘Further Support White Supremacy’” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. “This is what we can expect from its leaders for the foreseeable future: sanctimonious rhetoric about opposing racism, arrogant nationalism, white supremacy, and ethnocentrism in others, combined with being perfectly happy to use all of those as tools to protect their own privileges and power.” (Added 11-18-2022)

Post by Council of Bishops UMC (Facebook). “Rev. Stefan Zürcher was today elected as new bishop of The United Methodist Church in the Southern and Central Europe Central Conference.” (Added 11-18-2022)

Finding ‘God’s next’ for United Methodism” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Coverage of the Space at the Table event in Texas. (Added 11-18-2022)

Baylor University’s Truett Seminary Appoints Dr. Jason Vickers as The William J. Abraham Chair of Wesleyan Studies” via Baylor.edu. Leah Hidde-Gregory quoted: “We are thrilled that the Chair of the Wesleyan Catechism Task Force for the newly formed Global Methodist Church will be spearheading educational efforts among Methodists (and other Wesleyans) at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary.” (Added 11-18-2022)

Tweet by John Lomperis. “UMC bishops…

  1. Tell orthodox #UnitedMethodist s “Look at what the Discipline says; so stay + give us $$$!”
  2. Tell liberal members “Look at how we’re ignoring Discipline; so stay + give us $$$!”
  3. Tell those leaving “you MUST give us lots of $$$!”
    what’s common factor?” (Added 11-18-2022)

Post by Keith Boyette via Facebook. “I arrived in Isabela Province, The Philippines on Thursday, November 17. I am staying with Gideon Salatan at his farm near Cordon. Tomorrow, I will share the keynote address at the convening conference of the Covenant Philippines Provisional Annual Conference of the Global Methodist Church. Praise God for His wonderful, amazing works.” (Added 11-18-2022)

Tweet Thread by Michael Adam Beck. Fresh expressions director at United Theological Seminary recounts backlash experienced following his public move to a theologically “inclusive space” in order to support his LGBTQ daughter. (Added 11-18-2022)

Local Methodist Churches React to the Denominational Schism” by Doug Marrin via The Sun Times News. Local Michigan coverage features two congregations on opposite sides. (Added 11-18-2022)

Regionalization and Connectionalism: Healthy Regionalism amid Waning Globalization” by David Scott via UM & Global. Final part of a series on the history of regionalization in the church. (Added 11-18-2022)

United Methodists Gather To Hope, Create Space At The Table” via North Texas Conference Communications. Coverage of. a “Space at the Table” event hosted by Lovers Lane UMC. This article also appears in UM Insight. (Added 11-18-2022)

Complaint filed against gay bishop’s consecration” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. ““We are troubled by those who took this complaint public and are garnering signatures,” Oliveto said in a statement to UM News on behalf of the Western Jurisdiction bishops. She leads the Mountain Sky Conference and currently serves as president of the jurisdiction’s bishops.” (Added 11-18-2022)

Jonesboro churches’ vote to disaffiliate leaving some spiritually homeless” by Cory Evans via KATV. “Hope there are folks inside that building that voted to stay with the building, and we will join with them and start a new, strong, and vibrant Methodist church,” Hall said. (Added 11-18-2022)

Confessing Movement Newsletter: Final Edition” via The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church (PDF). The Confessing Movement reflects upon its 27 year history as it ceases operation at the end of 2022. (Added 11-17-2022)

Bishop Elections show #UMC future despite unjust laws” by Jeremy Smith (Seattle). “And though a Black, queer candidate was a top vote-getter on NEJ ballots, the jurisdiction got locked in a gridlock and delayed the election of their second bishop until 2024. Drama indeed!” On the recent complaint: “the retributive form of Methodism they are living into is a privilege of the past.”(Added 11-17-2022)

Bishop McKee Has Called A Special Session On March 4” via North Texas Conference. Matters before the session to include: (1) “Voting on the North Texas Conference Board of Trustees’ recommendations for the churches disaffiliating per the provisions of ¶2553. (2) Considering changes to the mandatory property insurance program. (Added 11-17-2022)

Message from Bishop Schol: Follow-up from Clergy Gathering” via Eastern PA Conference (UMC). “Regarding disaffiliation, the clergy have been cooperative and collegial. We began with more than 25 churches seeking disaffiliation. After considering various options, including covenants, there are 11 churches that are proceeding with the disaffiliation process. By mid-December, all voting will be concluded with disaffiliation, and we will keep you updated about the number of churches who vote to disaffiliate.” (Added 11-17-2022)

Is this a time for innovation within The United Methodist Church?” by DG Hollums via UMNS (Commentary). “Could now be the time we’ve been waiting for to breathe radical love and inclusivity into the fruit of The United Methodist Church?” (Added 11-17-2022)

The Bishop of Oxford’s Surprising Case for Same-Sex Marriage is Flawed” by Ian Paul via Premiere Christianity. A professor answers a Church of England bishop on the topic of same-sex marriage. (Added 11-17-2022)

Post by Matthew Sichel via Facebook. “We will continue to die until we recognize that Christianity is not “nice people in nice churches doing nice things to make the world a nicer place.” Christianity is the radical proclamation that God in Christ is redeeming the world.” (Added 11-16-2022)

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson to serve Boston Area” via New England Conference. “The Council of Bishops has approved the recommendation from the Northeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops (COB) and The Committee on the Episcopacy (COE) that Retired Bishop Peggy A. Johnson serve as Interim Bishop for the New England Annual Conference (NEAC) beginning January 1, 2023, through August 31, 2024.” (Added 11-16-2022)

Space at the Table Conference” via Lovers Lane UMC (YouTube). An event in Dallas focused on the future of the UMC, features Mike Slaughter, separate panels of professors, youngish clergy, and bishops. Will Willimon interview. (Added 11-16-2022)

UPDATED: Special Called Session via Arkansas Conference. Updated list now includes all 38 congregations to be voted for disaffiliation. (Added 11-16-2022)

A Delegate’s Reflection on the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference” by Andy Adams. “…by the end of the conference I was genuinely happy for the joy and unity that the 85% had together even though I knew in my heart that there was no place for me or for other traditionalists in the future they envisioned.” (Added 11-16-2022)

The 2022 Elections are a Bellwether for the future of the United Methodist Church” by Scott Field via Northern Illinois WCA. Includes “The Future UMC Sets Its Course” by Chris Ritter. (Added 11-16-2022)

With All Deliberate Speed (IGRC Version)” by Bob Phillips via Facebook. “The door slams shut in November 2023, with no exceptions and no appeals. Don’t be derailed by a system that seems to be all ‘deliberate’ and no ‘speed.’ Seek the best of both, without faulting individuals or presuming to know the motives or heart of others. This also is a time for witness in the rigorous grace all exhibit in this time.” (Added 11-16-2022)

Whatever Happened to John Wesley’s Methodism?” by Carl Trueman via World. “If you cannot agree on what it means to be a human being, you really cannot agree on anything.” (Added 11-16-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. “Signs of the Times: The #UMC Confessing Movement will cease operation at year’s end. The Reconciling Ministries Network is expanding with a new mission statement and VBS curriculum.” (Added 11-16-2022)

Reconciling Ministries Re-tools Itself for ‘Growing Constituency‘” by Ophelia Hu Kenney via UM Insight. Larger website, new mission statement. Preparing a Reconciling VBS curriculum to be launched in 2024. Original Post Here. (Added 11-16-2022)

“‘Is the United Methodist Church Really…’ (Part Six)” via UM Communication. Q&A’s about disaffiliation from a UMC perspective. (Added 11-16-2022)

Post by Art Collins via Facebook. “I received The Confessing Movement’s newsletter today that said they were shutting down their org by the end of the year. The great doctrinal fight within The UMC is giving way to new priorities among the many people interested in Methodist renewal.” (Added 11-15-2022)

Bishop election and future issues” by Klaus Ulrich Ruof via Central and Southern Europe Central Conference. “At the time of the Central Conference meeting, a panel has made recommendations to enable the Annual Conferences to maintain communion as a church despite differing beliefs and practices within their conferences.” (Added 11-15-2022)

An Update on General Conference Visas” by David Scott via UM & Global. The news is general good for the prospect of visas for GC2024. (Added 11-15-2022)

United Methodist exodus continues, 58 Louisiana churches set to leave” via FISMtv. Outside coverage of UMC Schism from a Christian source. (Added 11-15-2022)

Nearly 60 More Churches Leave the UMC” by Amanda Casanova via Christian Headlines. Outside coverage of recent UMC events and disaffiliations. (Added 11-15-2022)

The United Methodist Church via Wikipedia. The article on the UMC has been updated with information on the ongoing schism in the UMC with a new section headed “2020-2022 Schisms.” (Added 11-15-2022)

Breakaway votes to be scheduled in two area United Methodist churches” by Jeff Long via Southeast Missourian. Local coverage: “The leadership boards of two area churches, pastored by the Rev. Kevin Barron, have decided unanimously in the last week to seek congregational votes aimed at discovering whether members wish to leave the United Methodist Church (UMC), the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States.” (Added 11-15-2022)

Dozens More Churches Leave United Methodists Over LGBTQ Agenda” by Steve Warren via Charisma News. Outside coverage of recent disaffiliation votes. (Added 11-15-2022)

58 Louisiana churches leave United Methodist Church amid schism over homosexuality” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. ” Although progressives have failed to end the denomination’s longstanding ban on the blessing of same-sex marriage and gay ordination, many who hold positions of power within UMC have refused to enforce or follow the rules, prompting many conservatives to leave the denomination.” (Added 11-15-2022)

Africa Initiative Condemns Gay Bishop’s Election” via Juicy Ecumenism. IRD shares a press release by the Africa Initiative on the election of Cedrick Bridgeforth as a #UMC bishop in conflict with church law. (Added 11-15-2022)

A New Direction for the UMC?” by Tom Lambrecht via Firebrand Magazine. “The 2022 jurisdictional conferences provided an illuminating look at the current reality of the UM Church in the U.S., as well as some of the potential directions the denomination might take into the future.” (Added 11-15-2022)

The Congregational Vote and additional steps local churches need to take when leaving the UMC” via Dalton & Tomich. Details about the process of congregational voting. Clean up the membership roll before the vote. Treat the vote like a campaign. (Added 11-15-2022)

Vestavia Hills United Methodist, others ask to disaffiliate from denomination: update on split” by Greg Garrrison via AL.com. Coverage of a wave of disaffiliations in North Alabama. (Added 11-15-2022)

Church Theft” by Paige Patterson. Former SBC Seminary President: “Do not claim any longer to be a Methodist while rejecting the most sublime commitments and theology of John Wesley! And when the subject arises, utter a positive word for the White’s Chapel Methodist Church and the courage and conviction they have shown in their public stand!” (Added 11-15-2022)

United Methodist Church bringing 2024 General Conference to Charlotte amidst schism” via WCNC. Local coverage of UMC GC2024 coming to Charlotte, NC. (Added 11-14-2022)

Post by Vaughn Stafford via Facebook. Lists recent North Alabama disaffiliation votes and their outcomes, a full list of 88 disaffiliated North Alabama Conference churches and thirty more that will vote this coming week. (Added 11-14-2022)

Where to — and Under What Leadership?” via Central Conference of Southern and Central Europe (UMC). An article on the November 16-20 sessions of the European Central Conferences. (Added 11-14-2022)

Alabama-West Florida Conference ratifies disaffiliations in special-called session” via Alabama-West Florida Conference (UMC). A list of 35 disaffiliations approved on November 12. (Added 11-14-2022)

Post by Angela Pleasants via Facebook. “It saddens me the behavior I see in reaction to one another [GMC/UMC folks], but I also realize we are all dealing with soul wounds. Soul wounds are the emotional hurt that has not been healed and is displayed in various ways. We may turn the pain in on ourselves or outward towards others.” (Added 11-14-2022)

There Is No Tent Left” by Randy Burbank. “Any traditionalist Wesleyan-Hearted follower of Jesus who thinks they can remain within the UMC and still be true to Jesus, you really need to think again.” (Added 11-14-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley. “Learned today of Anglican congregation possibly becoming Global Methodist. Very unusual but as denominational loyalties collapse for individuals so too maybe for congregations.” (Added 11-14-2022)

Africa Initiative Condemns Election of Gay Bishop” via Press Release (PDF). “Kindly remember that not doing anything about the ongoing violations of our church’s doctrines and moral standards is actually doing something, and your silence implies your complicity.” (Added 11-14-2022)

White’s Chapel UMC Megachurch in Southlake Voted for Disaffiliation with United Methodist Church” by John Villar via Christianity Daily. Outside coverage of White’s Chapel’s exit. (Added 11-13-2022)

Response to GMC Pastor Letter” by Tom Berlin. “Many United Methodists disagree on the inclusion of gay persons related to marriage rites and credentialing for ministry. In these conversations it remains important to avoid false accusations and misrepresentations.” (Added 11-13-2022)

A Queer Methodist Tradition” by Caralynn Hampson via Yet Alive. “John Wesley ministered to Thomas Blair; a man accused of sodomy. I think the best rendition of this story is found in a 1976 edition of Blair Blurbs, the newsletter for the Gay United Methodist Caucus, “Blair Blurbs is named after a young man whom John Wesley counseled, against the wishes of the townspeople. The young man, Blair, was accused of homosexuality.” (Added 11-13-2022)

Tweet by Talbot Davis. “No amount of emotional appeal or rhetorical force by long talkers will ever make this logic untrue in #umc: ‘How can one part of a church believe one thing and another part of the church believe the exact opposite [& still] be a ‘United’ church?’” (Added 11-13-2022)

58 Louisiana churches leave United Methodist Church denomination amid national schism” by Gabriella Killett via NOLA.com. Louisiana coverage of the Methodist split. (Added 11-13-2022)

The Big Tent has Collapsed” by Jay Therrell via WCA. “The so-called big tent has collapsed, and it’s only going to get worse. After General Conference in 2024, I’m afraid theological conservatives remaining inside the UMC will realize they’re trapped in a church that has no intent to honor them except by cashing their checks.” (Added 11-13-2022)

New Methodist bishop seeks unity, faces challenges of UMC split” via The Clarion-Ledger (Paywall). New bishop of the Mississippi Annual Conference (UMC) faces challenges. (Added 11-12-2022)

LGBTQ-friendly votes signal progressive shift for Methodists” by Peter Smith via Associated Press. “The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop.” (Added 11-12-2022)

A Slow-Motion Schism” via The Sentinel (Lewistown, PA). “‘We feel like to stay the same in our mission and theology, we need to change denominations,’ said the Rev. Steve Cordle, lead pastor of Crossroads Church. Based in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, it’s one of the largest congregations in the conference. It’s considering going independent or joining the Global Methodist Church.” (Added 11-12-2022)

Special Called Session” via Arkansas Conference (UMC). The 27 completed disaffiliation agreements to be approved at a November 19, 2022 Special Session. (Added 11-12-2022)

Post via Florida WCA Facebook. Announcing a Transitional Conference Advisory Team and Transitional Annual Conference for GMC churches in Florida. (Added 11-11-2022)

And the Tent Keeps Getting Smaller: More from the Southeastern Jurisdiction” by Randy Burbank. “Centrists and Progressives want us to remain UMC, by the illusion of The Big Tent. Come 2024, that Tent will vanish, like David Copperfield’s elephant.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Interim Bishop Pens Pastoral Letter on Bishop Carcaño” by Bishop Dyck via UM Insight. “She is still on suspension although her suspension is being reviewed by the Committee on Investigation (which is the entity that suspended her after the first 60 days).” (Added 11-11-2022)

Webinar to Explore How United Methodism Will Have A ‘New Beginning’” via UM Insight. “A New Beginning: An Inclusive United Methodism.” Scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 19 by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy and Friends (UMARC)” (Added 11-11-2022)

Regionalization and Connectionalism: The Era of Globalization and World Christianity” by David Scott via UM & Global. Third in a series on the history of regionalization. (Added 11-11-2022)

Global Regionalization Aims to Give U.S. Church Same Privilege as International Conferences” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “The Wesleyan Covenant Association and the Global Methodist Church would like to lead delegates to parrot convenient cultural caricatures of what theology and discipleship look like in Africa, Europe, and the Philippines,”he stated. “These resolutions rejected that strategy.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Grassroots Resolutions Point Toward UMC’s Future” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “Southeastern Jurisdiction was the only session where the resolution authored by the “queer” group encountered heavy resistance.” (Added 11-11-2022)

The Church of the Sexual Revolution: Today’s theological fault lines mostly concern matters of earthly morality” by Carl Trueman via Wall Street Journal (opinion). “In the early 20th century, debates about Christian orthodoxy took place within an America where the basic elements of Christian moral teaching were generally accepted. Today, such thinking stands at odds with the politics of identity that dominates elite institutions. That sets the scene for external culture war and internal civil war.” Penny Cost is mentioned in the first paragraph. (Added 11-11-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. “I was told to expect at least 1 complainant to be an active bishop (not usually involved in such). I don’t see that yet. Unlike with Oliveto, the BOD is now explicit that bishops may not consecrate a practicing gay bishop, even if elected. This charge is not against Bridgeforth.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. On the complaint against Western Bishops: “Among the signatories, there is heavy representation from Episcopal areas where the bishop is not friendly to traditionalist leaving under Par. 2553. It’s no small detail that this complaint originated in South Carolina. #UMC” (Added 11-11-2022)

Global Methodist Church Organization. Transitional Conference Advisory Teams are created in areas that may become provisional conferences (see list). A list of provisional annual conferences is provided here. (Added 11-11-2022)

Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop of the Greater NW Area” by Kristen Caldwell via Greater Northwest Area (UMC). A profile of United Methodism’s second openly gay bishop. (Added 11-11-2022)

Bishop Rapanut ready to be an authentic leader within the church” via Desert Southwest Conference (UMC). Newly elected bishop: “When someone passes away, the community holds a wake or a season of grieving, Rapanut said. They sit together, reconnect and build ties. Some of that work will be necessary as the church says goodbye to those who don’t feel they can be connected to this denomination any longer. He said he’ll call upon his relational gifts to help move that process along.” (Added 11-11-2022)

North Carolina Chapter Statement on Disaffiliation” via Methodist Federation for Social Action. “We continue to remain in affiliation with the United Methodist Church and call upon our church to embrace this reflection of the Kingdom of God in all its fullness, so that we may be the beacon of hope for all persons as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Texas megachurch votes to leave ‘broken’ UMC” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. “Today, we are experiencing the UMC as a broken institution. As well, the alternatives we have been given don’t seem to align with our context or our theology. These are reasons we are exploring a ‘realignment,’” explained White’s Chapel. (Added 11-11-2022)

The Hypocrisy of “United Methodist Loyalty” Rants” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. “This is the sort of thing that characterizes the most extreme dictatorships or dystopian fiction. Indeed, in the Northeastern Jurisdiction, New York clergy delegate Chongho Kim decried the ‘Leading with Integrity’ resolution as ‘totalitarianism’ intended to intimidate people, as well as ‘white liberal racism.”” (Added 11-11-2022)

Last Stand for Traditional Northeastern United Methodists at the NEJ?” by Dan Fuller via Juicy Ecumenism. A traditionalist delegate to thee North Eastern Jurisdiction 2022 conference reflects on the experience. Includes some details on the stalemate that led to one less bishop being elected than previously planned. (Added 11-11-2022)

A Complaint Against the Western Jurisdiction” via WJComplaint.com. A complaint against the Western Jurisdiction college of bishops for consecrating a gay bishop in violation of The Book of Discipline. (Added 11-10-2022)

The schism among Methodists / Another large Protestant church has paid the price for pushing the gender agenda” (English Translation) by Imrich Gazda. Original post. A Slovak publication covers the UMC split. (Added 11-10-2022)

Interview with Simon Mafunda (Wesleyan Covenant Association)” via PlainSpoken Podcast (YouTube). Jeffrey Rickman interviews Simon Mafunda, an organizer for the WCA in Africa. (Added 11-10-2022)

Global Methodist Church: Description and Discussion at Taylor Chapel with Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison” via Taylor Chapel, IN (YouTube). “Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison, an Indiana organizer for the Global Methodist Church, explains the purpose and aims of this new denomination at a presentation held at Taylor Chapel in Fort Wayne, IN on November 8, 2022.” (Added 11-10-2022)

The Methodist and Baptist battles over LGBTQ inclusion this week trace a common road back to … Samford” by Mark Wingfield via Baptist News Global. “Samford has produced Al Mohler, the extremely conservative president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and arch opponent of anything LGBTQ-related. Yet Samford also produced Bridgeforth, who went on to earn a master’s degree from Claremont School of Theology and a doctorate from Pepperdine University, on his way to becoming a United Methodist pastor and nonprofit leader.” (Added 11-10-2022)

Revenge-return by Bishop Gene Robinson, seen from two radically different viewpoints” by Julia Duin via Get Religion. Episcopalian Fallout: “According to Walton’s report, the new leaders of their former church seem to have taken a perverse pleasure in destroying everything The Falls Church once stood for.” (Added 11-10-2022)

A Tradition of Anti-Traditionalists” by Mark Baurlein via First Things. “What this bias has produced is two generations of college teachers who don’t realize their bias. They got a narrow education that they trusted was the broadest one.” (Added 11-10-2022)

Episode 108: Bishop Cynthia Fiero Harvey” via Pod Have Mercy (Chapelwood, Houston) YouTube. Bishop Harvey discusses taking over as leader of the Texas Conference embroiled in disaffiliations… how to serve large areas that have become “United Methodist deserts.” (Added 11-10-2022)

Summary of Jurisdictional Conference Outcomes” via Reconciling Ministries Network. “For the witness of individuals like Helen Ryde, Rev. Katie McKay Simpson, and Rev. Stan Copeland, and to RMN volunteer teams around the country who made collaborative strides for justice: we express our deep thanks.” (Added 11-9-2022)

UMC Regional Body Promotes Openly Gay Reverend to Office of Bishop” by Amanda Casanova via Christian Headlines. Outside coverage of Bridgeforth election/consecration. (Added 11-9-2022)

Church That Made Gay Man a Bishop Accused of Letting ‘Inmates Run Asylum’” by Anna Skinner via Newsweek. John Lomperis quoted in a national article on the election of Cedrick Bridgeforth. (Added 11-9-2022)

Episcopal Assignments Show Effects of Reduced Resources” via UM Insight. “Assignments reported in each jurisdiction have shown the influence of reduced financial resources for the expenses of paying bishops and maintaining their offices. Thus more bishops have been asked to cover broader areas than previously assigned.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Name that Bishop” by Rob Renfroe via Good News. A collection of provocative statements made by UM bishops. (Added 11-9-2022)

Living with Hope in This Odd Space” by Jack Harnish via Michigan Conference. “The spirit and actions of this conference give us a glimpse of what that church might be like—a church committed to racial justice, inclusivity, and vital witness for Jesus Christ. As easy as it would be to focus on our losses, this conference looked forward with a sense of unity and courage.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Fall 2022 Update on the United Methodist Church by Dr. James Howell” by Myers Park UMC (YouTube). “Over the past several weeks, Dr. Howell has received several questions about what’s happening in the United Methodist Church. We can be assured that we are a church that will stay United Methodist, truly united, better together. We actually rejoice in difference and are blessed to be in a big tent church. (Added 11-9-2022)

Church Homosexuality Debate : Louisiana Megachurch To Leave UMC As 47 Churches In The State Have Voted To Disaffiliate” via Believers Portal. Outside coverage of disaffiliations. (Added 11-9-2022)

What United Methodist ‘Centrists’ Accomplished” by Arthur Collins via Juicy Ecumenism. “We are leaving quietly and ceding control to those who remain. Nope. The people who will have done this to the UMC are the people in the middle, the people who thought they could combine progressive leadership with a firm base of traditionalist belief and practice.” (Added 11-9-2022)

First Methodist Monroe votes to disaffiliate” by Loryn Kykendall via the Ouachita Citizen. On the 88% vote: “We did not leave the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Church left us,” Mercer said. “There were multiple bishops who are elected for life and are over geographical areas that have been breaking the discipline related to human sexuality.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Explanation of how the Nov. 2022 election of Bishops impact churches who want to leave the UMC” via Dalton & Tomich (YouTube). “Dan Dalton explains the short-term and long-term impact of the recently elected bishops, their assignments, and what these new bishops mean for local churches that are looking to disaffiliate from their annual conference with in the United Methodist Church in June 2023 at the next annual conference.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Anderson Hills Voting Results” via Anderson Hills Church. Large West Ohio Conference church voted 91% to disaffiliate and subsequently joined the Foundry Network. (Added 11-9-2022)

Hopes for a New Church” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.org. “There will be plenty of fortified giants waiting for us on the other side. While the future will be not be all milk and honey, it may be worthwhile to restate these hopes:” (Added 11-9-2022)

Who Shall We Become?” by Jefferson Furtado via Cross Vocational. SEJ Delegate: “Even though I celebrate the election of Bishops Berlin, Shelton, and Desse (and pray for their fruitful ministry among us), I deeply grieve the painful reality that our election process seems to force marginalized communities to objectify and fight against each other in order to have space within our denomination.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Tweet by Tyler Cantrell. “‘Don’t judge us by the extremes.’ Issues like this one have been my primary concern about the #UMC. It’s not the extremes when it’s a Bishop. It’s dishonest to say this isn’t happening. It’s sad to hear some colleagues rationalizing it when I know at their core they don’t agree.” (Added 11-9-2022)

United Methodist Church announces date, location for thrice-postponed General Conference” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service. “The announcement still leaves a number of questions unanswered, including whether clergy and lay delegates elected to the 2020 General Conference will serve in 2024, or if the denomination’s regional annual conferences will elect new delegates to serve, as they would have for the regularly scheduled 2024 General Conference.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Can churches balance diversity, inclusion with being biblical, spirit-filled?” by Todd Brady via Christian Post. “As an outsider of the Baptist flavor, it seems to me that so many of my Methodist brothers and sisters are leaving the UMC because they do not believe that McAlilly’s statement is true. They do not believe that the UMC is biblical. For them, it seems that the UMC is more interested in being diverse and inclusive than biblical and spirit-filled.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Post by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook. A Western Jurisdiction delegate talks about the unusual closed session: “I was very much mindful of what happened in China at the hands of the Red Guard during the horrific Cultural Revolution when we were haunted by pictures of crowds of the Red Guards standing over other people forced to cower in the dirt while the Red Guards demanded they confess and be self critical without ever presenting any evidence that the one being subject to the process was guilty of any offense.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Leaning Into Our Mission” by Keith Boyette via GMC. “The GM Church is now six months old. We are leaning into the mission God has entrusted to us. We are committed to five missional priorities.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Overheard: The complaint against Western bishops will be joined by at least one institutionalist, non-retired/retiring #UMC bishop. (dded 11-9-2022)

Overheard: Charges are being prepared against Western Jurisdiction bishops for violating Par. 415.6 (a 2019 addition to the Book of Discipline). “Bishops are prohibited from consecrating bishops who are self-avowed practicing homosexuals, even if they have
been duly elected by the jurisdictional or central conference.” This provision was not in place when Bishop Oliveto was elected and consecrated. (Added 11-8-2022)

New Wave of United Methodist Bishops Elected” via Good News. Compilation of UMNS coverage on the class of incoming bishops and the new episcopal assignments. (Added 11-8-2022)

United Methodists elect married gay clergyman among 13 new bishops who represent many other firsts” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “The election of Cedrick Bridgeforth marks the second time The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction has elected an LGBTQ clergyperson despite the denomination’s ban on gay ministers.” (Added 11-8-2022)

UMC body elects openly gay bishop in defiance of denomination’s rules” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. “Although efforts by theological progressives to change the denomination’s rules have consistently failed, many have openly refused to enforce the standards regarding marriage and ordination.” (Added 11-8-2022)

United Methodists to meet in 2024 on dividing up church property” by Mark Kellner via Washington Times. “It’s unclear whether the UMC document known as the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” will come up for a vote in 2024.” (Added 11-8-2022)

Bishop Harvey Calls for Pause on Matters Related to Disaffiliation During Advent” via Louisiana Conference. “From November 20, 2022 – January 1, 2023, I am calling for a pause on all meetings and conversations related to matters of disaffiliation.” (Added 11-8-2022)

White’s Chapel in Southlake votes 93.6% to disaffiliate from United Methodist Church” via Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Coverage of White’s Chapel, a UMC megachurch, disaffiliating from the UMC. (Added 11-8-2022)

Southlake megachurch votes in favor of disaffiliation from United Methodist Church” by Dallas Morning News. Coverage of White’s Chapel’s exit from the UMC by an overwhelming margin. (Added 11-8-2022)

Up Next: Episcopal Elections in Central and Southern Europe and the Philippines” by David Scott via UM & Global. “Episcopal elections always have implications beyond the boundaries in which candidates are elected, and in some instances, this is especially so.” (Added 11-8-2022)

Kentucky Global Methodist Church Organizes via Facebook. Dr. Mike Powers has been selected as the organizer of the TCAT (Transitional Conference Affiliation Team). (Added 11-8-2022)

When Words Mean Nothing” by Warren Lathem via Facebook. “…there are dozens of documented statements by UM Bishops which are far removed from the theology and doctrine contained in our historic documents.” The Big Tent will not embrace traditionalists. (Added 11-8-2022)

Post by Mark Tooley. IRD Intern Grayson Jang is compiling a list of disaffiliated churches. 700 so far… (Added 11-8-2022)

Western elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop” by Kristen Caldwell via UMNS. The election of United Methodism’s second openly gay bishop. (Added 11-8-2022)

An Important Update from the Church Conference & Vote” via White’s Chapel. Very large, moderate UMC congregation in Southlake, TX: “After long months of prayer, discernment, and conversation, tonight, our church voted by an overwhelming majority (93.6%) to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. In total, 2,505 members voted: 2,338 for disaffiliation and 160 against (with 7 abstaining).” See also: “Why Discernment” which describes the aims of the Methodist Collegiate Church. (Added 11-8-2022)

Rev. Katie McKay Simpson: A Moment of Collective Confession” via Louisiana Conference YouTube. A group of progressive SCJ delegates apologize to the Western Jurisdiction for actions of the traditionalist-majority 2016 SCJ Conference questioning the legality of Karen Oliveto’s election to the episcopacy. This apology was played for the session of the Western Jurisdiction. (Added 11-8-2022)

Scenes from 2022 U.S. Jurisdictional Conferences” via UM Insight. Photo and video highlights. (Added 11-8-2022)

Take Authority” by Carolyn Moore via WCA. “So the fuss in the UMC right now is over whether a pastor has to give up their ordination when they leave this denomination. The answer is no. They give up their membership in their Annual Conference, but not their ordination, unless that is their choice. Much like our baptism, an authentic ordination (a conferring of spiritual authority) is given by God.” (Added 11-8-2022)

The Crisis of Theological Education” by Ken Collins via Firebrand Magazine. “Theological education rightfully belongs to the entire church—to the whole body of Christ—as the early church so clearly recognized.” (Added 11-8-2022)

A Radical Proposal for Recovery of Doctrine in the Global Methodist Church” by Keith Sweat. Do away with the UMC Doctrinal Standards and recover the full 39 Articles as a starting point. (Added 11-8-2022)

Jurisdictions see shift in bishops, more cooperation” by Heather Hahn, Sam Hodges, Tom Kim via UMNS. “All five jurisdictions approved similarly worded petitions that aspire to a future United Methodist Church “where LGBTQIA+ people will be protected, affirmed, and empowered in the life and ministry of the church.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Jurisdictional Conferences and the Future of the UMC with Jay Therrell” via Holy Conversations Podcast (WCA). The president of WCA interviewed about the outcome of the recent Jurisdictional Conferences. (Added 11-7-2022)

The Church Will Be Preserved…” by Jack Harnish. “This week, one of my former churches closed and another one voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. I am not sure that sets any kind of record, but it does lead me to reflect on 50 years of ministry.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Loans Available for Exiting United Methodist Churches” by Jeffrey Walton via Juicy Ecumenism. Shares a presentation by Norwood Davis of the Wesleyan Investment Foundation. (Added 11-7-2022)

Africans react to election of Bishop Bridgeforth via Facebook. Forbes Matonga shared the news of the UMC’s second openly gay bishops. The comments from African United Methodists capture the divide in the UMC. (Added 11-7-2022)

Africa Initiative Calls for the Election of New Bishops in the Central Conferences of Africa” via by Jerry Kulah via Good News. A statement questioning why every part of the UMC except Africa is electing new bishops. (Added 11-7-2022)

Breakdown: Holy/Unholy Conferencing (5/x)” by Josh McClendon. On the recent jurisdictional conferences: “This church… that was built by a great many good and God-fearing Methodists, past and present, is in a state of hijacking.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Tweet by Reconciling Ministries Network. Shares Izzy Alvaran’s travel to the Philippines to organize for the election of three new filipino bishops. (Added 11-7-2022)

Tweet by Erik Meade. “I wonder if @RevAdamHamilton still believes the message he has been giving about the future of the #UMC given the doings of the jurisdictional conferences this week.” (Added 11-7-2022)

What is going on right under your nose” by Scott Knowlton. “What happens in the Western Jurisdiction matters to United Methodists in Short Gap, West Virginia, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. Do not let them tell you it does not.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Disaffiliation Information Zoom Meeting November 1, 2022” via Texas Conference UMC (YouTube). What to do after you disaffiliate from the Texas Conference of the UMC. (Added 11-7-2022)

150-year-old Watson church votes to leave United Methodist denomination in historic split” by Ellyn Couvillion via The Advocate. Baton Rouge coverage. (Added 11-7-2022)

Let’s Queer Up this Kingdom” by Kiri Anne Ryan Bereznai via YouTube. “Here’s my speech from the 2022 North Central Jurisdiction Conference of the United Methodist Church, on my experience of the impact of transphobia in the church.” See also. (Added 11-7-2022)

Post by Vaughn Stafford via Facebook. Lists recent North Alabama disaffiliation votes and their outcomes, a full list of 88 disaffiliated North Alabama Conference churches and thirty more that will vote this coming week. (Added 11-14-2022)

“Where to — and Under What Leadership?” via Central Conference of Southern and Central Europe (UMC). An article on the November 16-20 sessions of the European Central Conferences. (Added 11-14-2022)

“Alabama-West Florida Conference ratifies disaffiliations in special-called session” via Alabama-West Florida Conference (UMC). A list of 35 disaffiliations approved on November 12. (Added 11-14-2022)

Post by Angela Pleasants via Facebook. “It saddens me the behavior I see in reaction to one another [GMC/UMC folks], but I also realize we are all dealing with soul wounds. Soul wounds are the emotional hurt that has not been healed and is displayed in various ways. We may turn the pain in on ourselves or outward towards others.” (Added 11-14-2022)

“There Is No Tent Left” by Randy Burbank. “Any traditionalist Wesleyan-Hearted follower of Jesus who thinks they can remain within the UMC and still be true to Jesus, you really need to think again.” (Added 11-14-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley. “Learned today of Anglican congregation possibly becoming Global Methodist. Very unusual but as denominational loyalties collapse for individuals so too maybe for congregations.” (Added 11-14-2022)

“Africa Initiative Condemns Election of Gay Bishop” via Press Release (PDF). “Kindly remember that not doing anything about the ongoing violations of our church’s doctrines and moral standards is actually doing something, and your silence implies your complicity.” (Added 11-14-2022)

“White’s Chapel UMC Megachurch in Southlake Voted for Disaffiliation with United Methodist Church” by John Villar via Christianity Daily. Outside coverage of White’s Chapel’s exit. (Added 11-13-2022)

“Response to GMC Pastor Letter” by Tom Berlin. “Many United Methodists disagree on the inclusion of gay persons related to marriage rites and credentialing for ministry. In these conversations it remains important to avoid false accusations and misrepresentations.” (Added 11-13-2022)

“A Queer Methodist Tradition” by Caralynn Hampson via Yet Alive. “John Wesley ministered to Thomas Blair; a man accused of sodomy. I think the best rendition of this story is found in a 1976 edition of Blair Blurbs, the newsletter for the Gay United Methodist Caucus, “Blair Blurbs is named after a young man whom John Wesley counseled, against the wishes of the townspeople. The young man, Blair, was accused of homosexuality.” (Added 11-13-2022)

Tweet by Talbot Davis. “No amount of emotional appeal or rhetorical force by long talkers will ever make this logic untrue in #umc: ‘How can one part of a church believe one thing and another part of the church believe the exact opposite [& still] be a ‘United’ church?’” (Added 11-13-2022)

“58 Louisiana churches leave United Methodist Church denomination amid national schism” by Gabriella Killett via NOLA.com. Louisiana coverage of the Methodist split. (Added 11-13-2022)

“The Big Tent has Collapsed” by Jay Therrell via WCA. “The so-called big tent has collapsed, and it’s only going to get worse. After General Conference in 2024, I’m afraid theological conservatives remaining inside the UMC will realize they’re trapped in a church that has no intent to honor them except by cashing their checks.” (Added 11-13-2022)

“New Methodist bishop seeks unity, faces challenges of UMC split” via The Clarion-Ledger (Paywall). New bishop of the Mississippi Annual Conference (UMC) faces challenges. (Added 11-12-2022)

“LGBTQ-friendly votes signal progressive shift for Methodists” by Peter Smith via Associated Press. “The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop.” (Added 11-12-2022)

“A Slow-Motion Schism” via The Sentinel (Lewistown, PA). “‘We feel like to stay the same in our mission and theology, we need to change denominations,’ said the Rev. Steve Cordle, lead pastor of Crossroads Church. Based in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, it’s one of the largest congregations in the conference. It’s considering going independent or joining the Global Methodist Church.” (Added 11-12-2022)

“Special Called Session” via Arkansas Conference (UMC). The 27 completed disaffiliation agreements to be approved at a November 19, 2022 Special Session. (Added 11-12-2022)

Post via Florida WCA Facebook. Announcing a Transitional Conference Advisory Team and Transitional Annual Conference for GMC churches in Florida. (Added 11-11-2022)

“And the Tent Keeps Getting Smaller: More from the Southeastern Jurisdiction” by Randy Burbank. “Centrists and Progressives want us to remain UMC, by the illusion of The Big Tent. Come 2024, that Tent will vanish, like David Copperfield’s elephant.” (Added 11-11-2022)

“Interim Bishop Pens Pastoral Letter on Bishop Carcaño” by Bishop Dyck via UM Insight. “She is still on suspension although her suspension is being reviewed by the Committee on Investigation (which is the entity that suspended her after the first 60 days).” (Added 11-11-2022)

“Webinar to Explore How United Methodism Will Have A ‘New Beginning’” via UM Insight. “A New Beginning: An Inclusive United Methodism.” Scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 19 by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy and Friends (UMARC)” (Added 11-11-2022)

“Regionalization and Connectionalism: The Era of Globalization and World Christianity” by David Scott via UM & Global. Third in a series on the history of regionalization. (Added 11-11-2022)

“Global Regionalization Aims to Give U.S. Church Same Privilege as International Conferences” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “The Wesleyan Covenant Association and the Global Methodist Church would like to lead delegates to parrot convenient cultural caricatures of what theology and discipleship look like in Africa, Europe, and the Philippines,”he stated. “These resolutions rejected that strategy.” (Added 11-11-2022)

“Grassroots Resolutions Point Toward UMC’s Future” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “Southeastern Jurisdiction was the only session where the resolution authored by the “queer” group encountered heavy resistance.” (Added 11-11-2022)

“The Church of the Sexual Revolution: Today’s theological fault lines mostly concern matters of earthly morality” by Carl Trueman via Wall Street Journal (opinion). “In the early 20th century, debates about Christian orthodoxy took place within an America where the basic elements of Christian moral teaching were generally accepted. Today, such thinking stands at odds with the politics of identity that dominates elite institutions. That sets the scene for external culture war and internal civil war.” Penny Cost is mentioned in the first paragraph. (Added 11-11-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. “I was told to expect at least 1 complainant to be an active bishop (not usually involved in such). I don’t see that yet. Unlike with Oliveto, the BOD is now explicit that bishops may not consecrate a practicing gay bishop, even if elected. This charge is not against Bridgeforth.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. On the complaint against Western Bishops: “Among the signatories, there is heavy representation from Episcopal areas where the bishop is not friendly to traditionalist leaving under Par. 2553. It’s no small detail that this complaint originated in South Carolina. #UMC” (Added 11-11-2022)

Global Methodist Church Organization. Transitional Conference Advisory Teams are created in areas that may become provisional conferences (see list). A list of provisional annual conferences is provided here. (Added 11-11-2022)

“Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop of the Greater NW Area” by Kristen Caldwell via Greater Northwest Area (UMC). A profile of United Methodism’s second openly gay bishop. (Added 11-11-2022)

“Bishop Rapanut ready to be an authentic leader within the church” via Desert Southwest Conference (UMC). Newly elected bishop: “When someone passes away, the community holds a wake or a season of grieving, Rapanut said. They sit together, reconnect and build ties. Some of that work will be necessary as the church says goodbye to those who don’t feel they can be connected to this denomination any longer. He said he’ll call upon his relational gifts to help move that process along.” (Added 11-11-2022)

“North Carolina Chapter Statement on Disaffiliation” via Methodist Federation for Social Action. “We continue to remain in affiliation with the United Methodist Church and call upon our church to embrace this reflection of the Kingdom of God in all its fullness, so that we may be the beacon of hope for all persons as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” (Added 11-11-2022)

“Texas megachurch votes to leave ‘broken’ UMC” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. “Today, we are experiencing the UMC as a broken institution. As well, the alternatives we have been given don’t seem to align with our context or our theology. These are reasons we are exploring a ‘realignment,’” explained White’s Chapel. (Added 11-11-2022)

“The Hypocrisy of “United Methodist Loyalty” Rants” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. “This is the sort of thing that characterizes the most extreme dictatorships or dystopian fiction. Indeed, in the Northeastern Jurisdiction, New York clergy delegate Chongho Kim decried the ‘Leading with Integrity’ resolution as ‘totalitarianism’ intended to intimidate people, as well as ‘white liberal racism.”” (Added 11-11-2022)

“Last Stand for Traditional Northeastern United Methodists at the NEJ?” by Dan Fuller via Juicy Ecumenism. A traditionalist delegate to thee North Eastern Jurisdiction 2022 conference reflects on the experience. Includes some details on the stalemate that led to one less bishop being elected than previously planned. (Added 11-11-2022)

“A Complaint Against the Western Jurisdiction” via WJComplaint.com. A complaint against the Western Jurisdiction college of bishops for consecrating a gay bishop in violation of The Book of Discipline. (Added 11-10-2022)

“The schism among Methodists / Another large Protestant church has paid the price for pushing the gender agenda” (English Translation) by Imrich Gazda. Original post. A Slovak publication covers the UMC split. (Added 11-10-2022)

“Interview with Simon Mafunda (Wesleyan Covenant Association)” via PlainSpoken Podcast (YouTube). Jeffrey Rickman interviews Simon Mafunda, an organizer for the WCA in Africa. (Added 11-10-2022)

“Global Methodist Church: Description and Discussion at Taylor Chapel with Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison” via Taylor Chapel, IN (YouTube). “Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison, an Indiana organizer for the Global Methodist Church, explains the purpose and aims of this new denomination at a presentation held at Taylor Chapel in Fort Wayne, IN on November 8, 2022.” (Added 11-10-2022)

“The Methodist and Baptist battles over LGBTQ inclusion this week trace a common road back to … Samford” by Mark Wingfield via Baptist News Global. “Samford has produced Al Mohler, the extremely conservative president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and arch opponent of anything LGBTQ-related. Yet Samford also produced Bridgeforth, who went on to earn a master’s degree from Claremont School of Theology and a doctorate from Pepperdine University, on his way to becoming a United Methodist pastor and nonprofit leader.” (Added 11-10-2022)

“Revenge-return by Bishop Gene Robinson, seen from two radically different viewpoints” by Julia Duin via Get Religion. Episcopalian Fallout: “According to Walton’s report, the new leaders of their former church seem to have taken a perverse pleasure in destroying everything The Falls Church once stood for.” (Added 11-10-2022)

“A Tradition of Anti-Traditionalists” by Mark Baurlein via First Things. “What this bias has produced is two generations of college teachers who don’t realize their bias. They got a narrow education that they trusted was the broadest one.” (Added 11-10-2022)

“Episode 108: Bishop Cynthia Fiero Harvey” via Pod Have Mercy (Chapelwood, Houston) YouTube. Bishop Harvey discusses taking over as leader of the Texas Conference embroiled in disaffiliations… how to serve large areas that have become “United Methodist deserts.” (Added 11-10-2022)

“Summary of Jurisdictional Conference Outcomes” via Reconciling Ministries Network. “For the witness of individuals like Helen Ryde, Rev. Katie McKay Simpson, and Rev. Stan Copeland, and to RMN volunteer teams around the country who made collaborative strides for justice: we express our deep thanks.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“UMC Regional Body Promotes Openly Gay Reverend to Office of Bishop” by Amanda Casanova via Christian Headlines. Outside coverage of Bridgeforth election/consecration. (Added 11-9-2022)

“Church That Made Gay Man a Bishop Accused of Letting ‘Inmates Run Asylum’” by Anna Skinner via Newsweek. John Lomperis quoted in a national article on the election of Cedrick Bridgeforth. (Added 11-9-2022)

“Episcopal Assignments Show Effects of Reduced Resources” via UM Insight. “Assignments reported in each jurisdiction have shown the influence of reduced financial resources for the expenses of paying bishops and maintaining their offices. Thus more bishops have been asked to cover broader areas than previously assigned.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“Name that Bishop” by Rob Renfroe via Good News. A collection of provocative statements made by UM bishops. (Added 11-9-2022)

“Living with Hope in This Odd Space” by Jack Harnish via Michigan Conference. “The spirit and actions of this conference give us a glimpse of what that church might be like—a church committed to racial justice, inclusivity, and vital witness for Jesus Christ. As easy as it would be to focus on our losses, this conference looked forward with a sense of unity and courage.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“Fall 2022 Update on the United Methodist Church by Dr. James Howell” by Myers Park UMC (YouTube). “Over the past several weeks, Dr. Howell has received several questions about what’s happening in the United Methodist Church. We can be assured that we are a church that will stay United Methodist, truly united, better together. We actually rejoice in difference and are blessed to be in a big tent church. (Added 11-9-2022)

“Church Homosexuality Debate : Louisiana Megachurch To Leave UMC As 47 Churches In The State Have Voted To Disaffiliate” via Believers Portal. Outside coverage of disaffiliations. (Added 11-9-2022)

“What United Methodist ‘Centrists’ Accomplished” by Arthur Collins via Juicy Ecumenism. “We are leaving quietly and ceding control to those who remain. Nope. The people who will have done this to the UMC are the people in the middle, the people who thought they could combine progressive leadership with a firm base of traditionalist belief and practice.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“First Methodist Monroe votes to disaffiliate” by Loryn Kykendall via the Ouachita Citizen. On the 88% vote: “We did not leave the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Church left us,” Mercer said. “There were multiple bishops who are elected for life and are over geographical areas that have been breaking the discipline related to human sexuality.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“Explanation of how the Nov. 2022 election of Bishops impact churches who want to leave the UMC” via Dalton & Tomich (YouTube). “Dan Dalton explains the short-term and long-term impact of the recently elected bishops, their assignments, and what these new bishops mean for local churches that are looking to disaffiliate from their annual conference with in the United Methodist Church in June 2023 at the next annual conference.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“Anderson Hills Voting Results” via Anderson Hills Church. Large West Ohio Conference church voted 91% to disaffiliate and subsequently joined the Foundry Network. (Added 11-9-2022)

“Hopes for a New Church” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.org. “There will be plenty of fortified giants waiting for us on the other side. While the future will be not be all milk and honey, it may be worthwhile to restate these hopes:” (Added 11-9-2022)

“Who Shall We Become?” by Jefferson Furtado via Cross Vocational. SEJ Delegate: “Even though I celebrate the election of Bishops Berlin, Shelton, and Desse (and pray for their fruitful ministry among us), I deeply grieve the painful reality that our election process seems to force marginalized communities to objectify and fight against each other in order to have space within our denomination.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Tweet by Tyler Cantrell. “‘Don’t judge us by the extremes.’ Issues like this one have been my primary concern about the #UMC. It’s not the extremes when it’s a Bishop. It’s dishonest to say this isn’t happening. It’s sad to hear some colleagues rationalizing it when I know at their core they don’t agree.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“United Methodist Church announces date, location for thrice-postponed General Conference” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service. “The announcement still leaves a number of questions unanswered, including whether clergy and lay delegates elected to the 2020 General Conference will serve in 2024, or if the denomination’s regional annual conferences will elect new delegates to serve, as they would have for the regularly scheduled 2024 General Conference.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“Can churches balance diversity, inclusion with being biblical, spirit-filled?” by Todd Brady via Christian Post. “As an outsider of the Baptist flavor, it seems to me that so many of my Methodist brothers and sisters are leaving the UMC because they do not believe that McAlilly’s statement is true. They do not believe that the UMC is biblical. For them, it seems that the UMC is more interested in being diverse and inclusive than biblical and spirit-filled.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Post by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook. A Western Jurisdiction delegate talks about the unusual closed session: “I was very much mindful of what happened in China at the hands of the Red Guard during the horrific Cultural Revolution when we were haunted by pictures of crowds of the Red Guards standing over other people forced to cower in the dirt while the Red Guards demanded they confess and be self critical without ever presenting any evidence that the one being subject to the process was guilty of any offense.” (Added 11-9-2022)

“Leaning Into Our Mission” by Keith Boyette via GMC. “The GM Church is now six months old. We are leaning into the mission God has entrusted to us. We are committed to five missional priorities.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Overheard: The complaint against Western bishops will be joined by at least one institutionalist, non-retired/retiring #UMC bishop. (dded 11-9-2022)

Overheard: Charges are being prepared against Western Jurisdiction bishops for violating Par. 415.6 (a 2019 addition to the Book of Discipline). “Bishops are prohibited from consecrating bishops who are self-avowed practicing homosexuals, even if they have
been duly elected by the jurisdictional or central conference.” This provision was not in place when Bishop Oliveto was elected and consecrated. (Added 11-8-2022)

“New Wave of United Methodist Bishops Elected” via Good News. Compilation of UMNS coverage on the class of incoming bishops and the new episcopal assignments. (Added 11-8-2022)

“United Methodists elect married gay clergyman among 13 new bishops who represent many other firsts” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “The election of Cedrick Bridgeforth marks the second time The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction has elected an LGBTQ clergyperson despite the denomination’s ban on gay ministers.” (Added 11-8-2022)

“UMC body elects openly gay bishop in defiance of denomination’s rules” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. “Although efforts by theological progressives to change the denomination’s rules have consistently failed, many have openly refused to enforce the standards regarding marriage and ordination.” (Added 11-8-2022)

“United Methodists to meet in 2024 on dividing up church property” by Mark Kellner via Washington Times. “It’s unclear whether the UMC document known as the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” will come up for a vote in 2024.” (Added 11-8-2022)

“Bishop Harvey Calls for Pause on Matters Related to Disaffiliation During Advent” via Louisiana Conference. “From November 20, 2022 – January 1, 2023, I am calling for a pause on all meetings and conversations related to matters of disaffiliation.” (Added 11-8-2022)

“White’s Chapel in Southlake votes 93.6% to disaffiliate from United Methodist Church” via Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Coverage of White’s Chapel, a UMC megachurch, disaffiliating from the UMC. (Added 11-8-2022)

“Southlake megachurch votes in favor of disaffiliation from United Methodist Church” by Dallas Morning News. Coverage of White’s Chapel’s exit from the UMC by an overwhelming margin. (Added 11-8-2022)

“Up Next: Episcopal Elections in Central and Southern Europe and the Philippines” by David Scott via UM & Global. “Episcopal elections always have implications beyond the boundaries in which candidates are elected, and in some instances, this is especially so.” (Added 11-8-2022)

Kentucky Global Methodist Church Organizes via Facebook. Dr. Mike Powers has been selected as the organizer of the TCAT (Transitional Conference Affiliation Team). (Added 11-8-2022)

“When Words Mean Nothing” by Warren Lathem via Facebook. “…there are dozens of documented statements by UM Bishops which are far removed from the theology and doctrine contained in our historic documents.” The Big Tent will not embrace traditionalists. (Added 11-8-2022)

Post by Mark Tooley. IRD Intern Grayson Jang is compiling a list of disaffiliated churches. 700 so far… (Added 11-8-2022)

“Western elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop” by Kristen Caldwell via UMNS. The election of United Methodism’s second openly gay bishop. (Added 11-8-2022)

“An Important Update from the Church Conference & Vote” via White’s Chapel. Very large, moderate UMC congregation in Southlake, TX: “After long months of prayer, discernment, and conversation, tonight, our church voted by an overwhelming majority (93.6%) to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. In total, 2,505 members voted: 2,338 for disaffiliation and 160 against (with 7 abstaining).” See also: “Why Discernment” which describes the aims of the Methodist Collegiate Church. (Added 11-8-2022)

“Rev. Katie McKay Simpson: A Moment of Collective Confession” via Louisiana Conference YouTube. A group of progressive SCJ delegates apologize to the Western Jurisdiction for actions of the traditionalist-majority 2016 SCJ Conference questioning the legality of Karen Oliveto’s election to the episcopacy. This apology was played for the session of the Western Jurisdiction. (Added 11-8-2022)

“Scenes from 2022 U.S. Jurisdictional Conferences” via UM Insight. Photo and video highlights. (Added 11-8-2022)

“Take Authority” by Carolyn Moore via WCA. “So the fuss in the UMC right now is over whether a pastor has to give up their ordination when they leave this denomination. The answer is no. They give up their membership in their Annual Conference, but not their ordination, unless that is their choice. Much like our baptism, an authentic ordination (a conferring of spiritual authority) is given by God.” (Added 11-8-2022)

“The Crisis of Theological Education” by Ken Collins via Firebrand Magazine. “Theological education rightfully belongs to the entire church—to the whole body of Christ—as the early church so clearly recognized.” (Added 11-8-2022)

“A Radical Proposal for Recovery of Doctrine in the Global Methodist Church” by Keith Sweat. Do away with the UMC Doctrinal Standards and recover the full 39 Articles as a starting point. (Added 11-8-2022)

“Jurisdictions see shift in bishops, more cooperation” by Heather Hahn, Sam Hodges, Tom Kim via UMNS. “All five jurisdictions approved similarly worded petitions that aspire to a future United Methodist Church “where LGBTQIA+ people will be protected, affirmed, and empowered in the life and ministry of the church.” (Added 11-7-2022)

“Jurisdictional Conferences and the Future of the UMC with Jay Therrell” via Holy Conversations Podcast (WCA). The president of WCA interviewed about the outcome of the recent Jurisdictional Conferences. (Added 11-7-2022)

“The Church Will Be Preserved…” by Jack Harnish. “This week, one of my former churches closed and another one voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. I am not sure that sets any kind of record, but it does lead me to reflect on 50 years of ministry.” (Added 11-7-2022)

“Loans Available for Exiting United Methodist Churches” by Jeffrey Walton via Juicy Ecumenism. Shares a presentation by Norwood Davis of the Wesleyan Investment Foundation. (Added 11-7-2022)

Africans react to election of Bishop Bridgeforth via Facebook. Forbes Matonga shared the news of the UMC’s second openly gay bishops. The comments from African United Methodists capture the divide in the UMC. (Added 11-7-2022)

“Africa Initiative Calls for the Election of New Bishops in the Central Conferences of Africa” via by Jerry Kulah via Good News. A statement questioning why every part of the UMC except Africa is electing new bishops. (Added 11-7-2022)

“Breakdown: Holy/Unholy Conferencing (5/x)” by Josh McClendon. On the recent jurisdictional conferences: “This church… that was built by a great many good and God-fearing Methodists, past and present, is in a state of hijacking.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Tweet by Reconciling Ministries Network. Shares Izzy Alvaran’s travel to the Philippines to organize for the election of three new filipino bishops. (Added 11-7-2022)

Tweet by Erik Meade. “I wonder if @RevAdamHamilton still believes the message he has been giving about the future of the #UMC given the doings of the jurisdictional conferences this week.” (Added 11-7-2022)

“What is going on right under your nose” by Scott Knowlton. “What happens in the Western Jurisdiction matters to United Methodists in Short Gap, West Virginia, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. Do not let them tell you it does not.” (Added 11-7-2022)

“Disaffiliation Information Zoom Meeting November 1, 2022” via Texas Conference UMC (YouTube). What to do after you disaffiliate from the Texas Conference of the UMC. (Added 11-7-2022)

“150-year-old Watson church votes to leave United Methodist denomination in historic split” by Ellyn Couvillion via The Advocate. Baton Rouge coverage. (Added 11-7-2022)

“Let’s Queer Up this Kingdom” by Kiri Anne Ryan Bereznai via YouTube. “Here’s my speech from the 2022 North Central Jurisdiction Conference of the United Methodist Church, on my experience of the impact of transphobia in the church.” See also. (Added 11-7-2022)

Post by Vaughn Stafford via Facebook. Lists recent North Alabama disaffiliation votes and their outcomes, a full list of 88 disaffiliated North Alabama Conference churches and thirty more that will vote this coming week. (Added 11-14-2022)

Where to — and Under What Leadership?” via Central Conference of Southern and Central Europe (UMC). An article on the November 16-20 sessions of the European Central Conferences. (Added 11-14-2022)

Alabama-West Florida Conference ratifies disaffiliations in special-called session” via Alabama-West Florida Conference (UMC). A list of 35 disaffiliations approved on November 12. (Added 11-14-2022)

Post by Angela Pleasants via Facebook. “It saddens me the behavior I see in reaction to one another [GMC/UMC folks], but I also realize we are all dealing with soul wounds. Soul wounds are the emotional hurt that has not been healed and is displayed in various ways. We may turn the pain in on ourselves or outward towards others.” (Added 11-14-2022)

There Is No Tent Left” by Randy Burbank. “Any traditionalist Wesleyan-Hearted follower of Jesus who thinks they can remain within the UMC and still be true to Jesus, you really need to think again.” (Added 11-14-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley. “Learned today of Anglican congregation possibly becoming Global Methodist. Very unusual but as denominational loyalties collapse for individuals so too maybe for congregations.” (Added 11-14-2022)

Africa Initiative Condemns Election of Gay Bishop” via Press Release (PDF). “Kindly remember that not doing anything about the ongoing violations of our church’s doctrines and moral standards is actually doing something, and your silence implies your complicity.” (Added 11-14-2022)

White’s Chapel UMC Megachurch in Southlake Voted for Disaffiliation with United Methodist Church” by John Villar via Christianity Daily. Outside coverage of White’s Chapel’s exit. (Added 11-13-2022)

Response to GMC Pastor Letter” by Tom Berlin. “Many United Methodists disagree on the inclusion of gay persons related to marriage rites and credentialing for ministry. In these conversations it remains important to avoid false accusations and misrepresentations.” (Added 11-13-2022)

A Queer Methodist Tradition” by Caralynn Hampson via Yet Alive. “John Wesley ministered to Thomas Blair; a man accused of sodomy. I think the best rendition of this story is found in a 1976 edition of Blair Blurbs, the newsletter for the Gay United Methodist Caucus, “Blair Blurbs is named after a young man whom John Wesley counseled, against the wishes of the townspeople. The young man, Blair, was accused of homosexuality.” (Added 11-13-2022)

Tweet by Talbot Davis. “No amount of emotional appeal or rhetorical force by long talkers will ever make this logic untrue in #umc: ‘How can one part of a church believe one thing and another part of the church believe the exact opposite [& still] be a ‘United’ church?'” (Added 11-13-2022)

58 Louisiana churches leave United Methodist Church denomination amid national schism” by Gabriella Killett via NOLA.com. Louisiana coverage of the Methodist split. (Added 11-13-2022)

The Big Tent has Collapsed” by Jay Therrell via WCA. “The so-called big tent has collapsed, and it’s only going to get worse. After General Conference in 2024, I’m afraid theological conservatives remaining inside the UMC will realize they’re trapped in a church that has no intent to honor them except by cashing their checks.” (Added 11-13-2022)

New Methodist bishop seeks unity, faces challenges of UMC split” via The Clarion-Ledger (Paywall). New bishop of the Mississippi Annual Conference (UMC) faces challenges. (Added 11-12-2022)

LGBTQ-friendly votes signal progressive shift for Methodists” by Peter Smith via Associated Press. “The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop.” (Added 11-12-2022)

A Slow-Motion Schism” via The Sentinel (Lewistown, PA). “‘We feel like to stay the same in our mission and theology, we need to change denominations,’ said the Rev. Steve Cordle, lead pastor of Crossroads Church. Based in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, it’s one of the largest congregations in the conference. It’s considering going independent or joining the Global Methodist Church.” (Added 11-12-2022)

Special Called Session” via Arkansas Conference (UMC). The 27 completed disaffiliation agreements to be approved at a November 19, 2022 Special Session. (Added 11-12-2022)

Post via Florida WCA Facebook. Announcing a Transitional Conference Advisory Team and Transitional Annual Conference for GMC churches in Florida. (Added 11-11-2022)

And the Tent Keeps Getting Smaller: More from the Southeastern Jurisdiction” by Randy Burbank. “Centrists and Progressives want us to remain UMC, by the illusion of The Big Tent. Come 2024, that Tent will vanish, like David Copperfield’s elephant.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Interim Bishop Pens Pastoral Letter on Bishop Carcaño” by Bishop Dyck via UM Insight. “She is still on suspension although her suspension is being reviewed by the Committee on Investigation (which is the entity that suspended her after the first 60 days).” (Added 11-11-2022)

Webinar to Explore How United Methodism Will Have A ‘New Beginning’” via UM Insight. “A New Beginning: An Inclusive United Methodism.” Scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 19 by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy and Friends (UMARC)” (Added 11-11-2022)

Regionalization and Connectionalism: The Era of Globalization and World Christianity” by David Scott via UM & Global. Third in a series on the history of regionalization. (Added 11-11-2022)

Global Regionalization Aims to Give U.S. Church Same Privilege as International Conferences” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “The Wesleyan Covenant Association and the Global Methodist Church would like to lead delegates to parrot convenient cultural caricatures of what theology and discipleship look like in Africa, Europe, and the Philippines,”he stated. “These resolutions rejected that strategy.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Grassroots Resolutions Point Toward UMC’s Future” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “Southeastern Jurisdiction was the only session where the resolution authored by the “queer” group encountered heavy resistance.” (Added 11-11-2022)

The Church of the Sexual Revolution: Today’s theological fault lines mostly concern matters of earthly morality” by Carl Trueman via Wall Street Journal (opinion). “In the early 20th century, debates about Christian orthodoxy took place within an America where the basic elements of Christian moral teaching were generally accepted. Today, such thinking stands at odds with the politics of identity that dominates elite institutions. That sets the scene for external culture war and internal civil war.” Penny Cost is mentioned in the first paragraph. (Added 11-11-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. “I was told to expect at least 1 complainant to be an active bishop (not usually involved in such). I don’t see that yet. Unlike with Oliveto, the BOD is now explicit that bishops may not consecrate a practicing gay bishop, even if elected. This charge is not against Bridgeforth.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. On the complaint against Western Bishops: “Among the signatories, there is heavy representation from Episcopal areas where the bishop is not friendly to traditionalist leaving under Par. 2553. It’s no small detail that this complaint originated in South Carolina. #UMC” (Added 11-11-2022)

Global Methodist Church Organization. Transitional Conference Advisory Teams are created in areas that may become provisional conferences (see list). A list of provisional annual conferences is provided here. (Added 11-11-2022)

Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop of the Greater NW Area” by Kristen Caldwell via Greater Northwest Area (UMC). A profile of United Methodism’s second openly gay bishop. (Added 11-11-2022)

Bishop Rapanut ready to be an authentic leader within the church” via Desert Southwest Conference (UMC). Newly elected bishop: “When someone passes away, the community holds a wake or a season of grieving, Rapanut said. They sit together, reconnect and build ties. Some of that work will be necessary as the church says goodbye to those who don’t feel they can be connected to this denomination any longer. He said he’ll call upon his relational gifts to help move that process along.” (Added 11-11-2022)

North Carolina Chapter Statement on Disaffiliation” via Methodist Federation for Social Action. “We continue to remain in affiliation with the United Methodist Church and call upon our church to embrace this reflection of the Kingdom of God in all its fullness, so that we may be the beacon of hope for all persons as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” (Added 11-11-2022)

Texas megachurch votes to leave ‘broken’ UMC” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. “Today, we are experiencing the UMC as a broken institution. As well, the alternatives we have been given don’t seem to align with our context or our theology. These are reasons we are exploring a ‘realignment,’” explained White’s Chapel. (Added 11-11-2022)

The Hypocrisy of “United Methodist Loyalty” Rants” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. “This is the sort of thing that characterizes the most extreme dictatorships or dystopian fiction. Indeed, in the Northeastern Jurisdiction, New York clergy delegate Chongho Kim decried the ‘Leading with Integrity’ resolution as ‘totalitarianism’ intended to intimidate people, as well as ‘white liberal racism.”” (Added 11-11-2022)

Last Stand for Traditional Northeastern United Methodists at the NEJ?” by Dan Fuller via Juicy Ecumenism. A traditionalist delegate to thee North Eastern Jurisdiction 2022 conference reflects on the experience. Includes some details on the stalemate that led to one less bishop being elected than previously planned. (Added 11-11-2022)

A Complaint Against the Western Jurisdiction” via WJComplaint.com. A complaint against the Western Jurisdiction college of bishops for consecrating a gay bishop in violation of The Book of Discipline. (Added 11-10-2022)

The schism among Methodists / Another large Protestant church has paid the price for pushing the gender agenda” (English Translation) by Imrich Gazda. Original post. A Slovak publication covers the UMC split. (Added 11-10-2022)

Interview with Simon Mafunda (Wesleyan Covenant Association)” via PlainSpoken Podcast (YouTube). Jeffrey Rickman interviews Simon Mafunda, an organizer for the WCA in Africa. (Added 11-10-2022)

Global Methodist Church: Description and Discussion at Taylor Chapel with Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison” via Taylor Chapel, IN (YouTube). “Rev. Dr. Scott Pattison, an Indiana organizer for the Global Methodist Church, explains the purpose and aims of this new denomination at a presentation held at Taylor Chapel in Fort Wayne, IN on November 8, 2022.” (Added 11-10-2022)

The Methodist and Baptist battles over LGBTQ inclusion this week trace a common road back to … Samford” by Mark Wingfield via Baptist News Global. “Samford has produced Al Mohler, the extremely conservative president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and arch opponent of anything LGBTQ-related. Yet Samford also produced Bridgeforth, who went on to earn a master’s degree from Claremont School of Theology and a doctorate from Pepperdine University, on his way to becoming a United Methodist pastor and nonprofit leader.” (Added 11-10-2022)

Revenge-return by Bishop Gene Robinson, seen from two radically different viewpoints” by Julia Duin via Get Religion. Episcopalian Fallout: “According to Walton’s report, the new leaders of their former church seem to have taken a perverse pleasure in destroying everything The Falls Church once stood for.” (Added 11-10-2022)

A Tradition of Anti-Traditionalists” by Mark Baurlein via First Things. “What this bias has produced is two generations of college teachers who don’t realize their bias. They got a narrow education that they trusted was the broadest one.” (Added 11-10-2022)

Episode 108: Bishop Cynthia Fiero Harvey” via Pod Have Mercy (Chapelwood, Houston) YouTube. Bishop Harvey discusses taking over as leader of the Texas Conference embroiled in disaffiliations… how to serve large areas that have become “United Methodist deserts.” (Added 11-10-2022)

Summary of Jurisdictional Conference Outcomes” via Reconciling Ministries Network. “For the witness of individuals like Helen Ryde, Rev. Katie McKay Simpson, and Rev. Stan Copeland, and to RMN volunteer teams around the country who made collaborative strides for justice: we express our deep thanks.” (Added 11-9-2022)

UMC Regional Body Promotes Openly Gay Reverend to Office of Bishop” by Amanda Casanova via Christian Headlines. Outside coverage of Bridgeforth election/consecration. (Added 11-9-2022)

Church That Made Gay Man a Bishop Accused of Letting ‘Inmates Run Asylum’” by Anna Skinner via Newsweek. John Lomperis quoted in a national article on the election of Cedrick Bridgeforth. (Added 11-9-2022)

Episcopal Assignments Show Effects of Reduced Resources” via UM Insight. “Assignments reported in each jurisdiction have shown the influence of reduced financial resources for the expenses of paying bishops and maintaining their offices. Thus more bishops have been asked to cover broader areas than previously assigned.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Name that Bishop” by Rob Renfroe via Good News. A collection of provocative statements made by UM bishops. (Added 11-9-2022)

Living with Hope in This Odd Space” by Jack Harnish via Michigan Conference. “The spirit and actions of this conference give us a glimpse of what that church might be like—a church committed to racial justice, inclusivity, and vital witness for Jesus Christ. As easy as it would be to focus on our losses, this conference looked forward with a sense of unity and courage.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Fall 2022 Update on the United Methodist Church by Dr. James Howell” by Myers Park UMC (YouTube). “Over the past several weeks, Dr. Howell has received several questions about what’s happening in the United Methodist Church. We can be assured that we are a church that will stay United Methodist, truly united, better together. We actually rejoice in difference and are blessed to be in a big tent church. (Added 11-9-2022)

Church Homosexuality Debate : Louisiana Megachurch To Leave UMC As 47 Churches In The State Have Voted To Disaffiliate” via Believers Portal. Outside coverage of disaffiliations. (Added 11-9-2022)

What United Methodist ‘Centrists’ Accomplished” by Arthur Collins via Juicy Ecumenism. “We are leaving quietly and ceding control to those who remain. Nope. The people who will have done this to the UMC are the people in the middle, the people who thought they could combine progressive leadership with a firm base of traditionalist belief and practice.” (Added 11-9-2022)

First Methodist Monroe votes to disaffiliate” by Loryn Kykendall via the Ouachita Citizen. On the 88% vote: “We did not leave the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Church left us,” Mercer said. “There were multiple bishops who are elected for life and are over geographical areas that have been breaking the discipline related to human sexuality.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Explanation of how the Nov. 2022 election of Bishops impact churches who want to leave the UMC” via Dalton & Tomich (YouTube). “Dan Dalton explains the short-term and long-term impact of the recently elected bishops, their assignments, and what these new bishops mean for local churches that are looking to disaffiliate from their annual conference with in the United Methodist Church in June 2023 at the next annual conference.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Anderson Hills Voting Results” via Anderson Hills Church. Large West Ohio Conference church voted 91% to disaffiliate and subsequently joined the Foundry Network. (Added 11-9-2022)

Hopes for a New Church” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.org. “There will be plenty of fortified giants waiting for us on the other side. While the future will be not be all milk and honey, it may be worthwhile to restate these hopes:” (Added 11-9-2022)

Who Shall We Become?” by Jefferson Furtado via Cross Vocational. SEJ Delegate: “Even though I celebrate the election of Bishops Berlin, Shelton, and Desse (and pray for their fruitful ministry among us), I deeply grieve the painful reality that our election process seems to force marginalized communities to objectify and fight against each other in order to have space within our denomination.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Tweet by Tyler Cantrell. “‘Don’t judge us by the extremes.’ Issues like this one have been my primary concern about the #UMC. It’s not the extremes when it’s a Bishop. It’s dishonest to say this isn’t happening. It’s sad to hear some colleagues rationalizing it when I know at their core they don’t agree.” (Added 11-9-2022)

United Methodist Church announces date, location for thrice-postponed General Conference” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service. “The announcement still leaves a number of questions unanswered, including whether clergy and lay delegates elected to the 2020 General Conference will serve in 2024, or if the denomination’s regional annual conferences will elect new delegates to serve, as they would have for the regularly scheduled 2024 General Conference.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Can churches balance diversity, inclusion with being biblical, spirit-filled?” by Todd Brady via Christian Post. “As an outsider of the Baptist flavor, it seems to me that so many of my Methodist brothers and sisters are leaving the UMC because they do not believe that McAlilly’s statement is true. They do not believe that the UMC is biblical. For them, it seems that the UMC is more interested in being diverse and inclusive than biblical and spirit-filled.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Post by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook. A Western Jurisdiction delegate talks about the unusual closed session: “I was very much mindful of what happened in China at the hands of the Red Guard during the horrific Cultural Revolution when we were haunted by pictures of crowds of the Red Guards standing over other people forced to cower in the dirt while the Red Guards demanded they confess and be self critical without ever presenting any evidence that the one being subject to the process was guilty of any offense.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Leaning Into Our Mission” by Keith Boyette via GMC. “The GM Church is now six months old. We are leaning into the mission God has entrusted to us. We are committed to five missional priorities.” (Added 11-9-2022)

Overheard: The complaint against Western bishops will be joined by at least one institutionalist, non-retired/retiring #UMC bishop. (dded 11-9-2022)

Overheard: Charges are being prepared against Western Jurisdiction bishops for violating Par. 415.6 (a 2019 addition to the Book of Discipline). “Bishops are prohibited from consecrating bishops who are self-avowed practicing homosexuals, even if they have
been duly elected by the jurisdictional or central conference.” This provision was not in place when Bishop Oliveto was elected and consecrated. (Added 11-8-2022)

New Wave of United Methodist Bishops Elected” via Good News. Compilation of UMNS coverage on the class of incoming bishops and the new episcopal assignments. (Added 11-8-2022)

United Methodists elect married gay clergyman among 13 new bishops who represent many other firsts” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “The election of Cedrick Bridgeforth marks the second time The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction has elected an LGBTQ clergyperson despite the denomination’s ban on gay ministers.” (Added 11-8-2022)

UMC body elects openly gay bishop in defiance of denomination’s rules” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. “Although efforts by theological progressives to change the denomination’s rules have consistently failed, many have openly refused to enforce the standards regarding marriage and ordination.” (Added 11-8-2022)

United Methodists to meet in 2024 on dividing up church property” by Mark Kellner via Washington Times. “It’s unclear whether the UMC document known as the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” will come up for a vote in 2024.” (Added 11-8-2022)

Bishop Harvey Calls for Pause on Matters Related to Disaffiliation During Advent” via Louisiana Conference. “From November 20, 2022 – January 1, 2023, I am calling for a pause on all meetings and conversations related to matters of disaffiliation.” (Added 11-8-2022)

White’s Chapel in Southlake votes 93.6% to disaffiliate from United Methodist Church” via Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Coverage of White’s Chapel, a UMC megachurch, disaffiliating from the UMC. (Added 11-8-2022)

Southlake megachurch votes in favor of disaffiliation from United Methodist Church” by Dallas Morning News. Coverage of White’s Chapel’s exit from the UMC by an overwhelming margin. (Added 11-8-2022)

Up Next: Episcopal Elections in Central and Southern Europe and the Philippines” by David Scott via UM & Global. “Episcopal elections always have implications beyond the boundaries in which candidates are elected, and in some instances, this is especially so.” (Added 11-8-2022)

Kentucky Global Methodist Church Organizes via Facebook. Dr. Mike Powers has been selected as the organizer of the TCAT (Transitional Conference Affiliation Team). (Added 11-8-2022)

When Words Mean Nothing” by Warren Lathem via Facebook. “…there are dozens of documented statements by UM Bishops which are far removed from the theology and doctrine contained in our historic documents.” The Big Tent will not embrace traditionalists. (Added 11-8-2022)

Post by Mark Tooley. IRD Intern Grayson Jang is compiling a list of disaffiliated churches. 700 so far… (Added 11-8-2022)

Western elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop” by Kristen Caldwell via UMNS. The election of United Methodism’s second openly gay bishop. (Added 11-8-2022)

An Important Update from the Church Conference & Vote” via White’s Chapel. Very large, moderate UMC congregation in Southlake, TX: “After long months of prayer, discernment, and conversation, tonight, our church voted by an overwhelming majority (93.6%) to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. In total, 2,505 members voted: 2,338 for disaffiliation and 160 against (with 7 abstaining).” See also: “Why Discernment” which describes the aims of the Methodist Collegiate Church. (Added 11-8-2022)

Rev. Katie McKay Simpson: A Moment of Collective Confession” via Louisiana Conference YouTube. A group of progressive SCJ delegates apologize to the Western Jurisdiction for actions of the traditionalist-majority 2016 SCJ Conference questioning the legality of Karen Oliveto’s election to the episcopacy. This apology was played for the session of the Western Jurisdiction. (Added 11-8-2022)

Scenes from 2022 U.S. Jurisdictional Conferences” via UM Insight. Photo and video highlights. (Added 11-8-2022)

Take Authority” by Carolyn Moore via WCA. “So the fuss in the UMC right now is over whether a pastor has to give up their ordination when they leave this denomination. The answer is no. They give up their membership in their Annual Conference, but not their ordination, unless that is their choice. Much like our baptism, an authentic ordination (a conferring of spiritual authority) is given by God.” (Added 11-8-2022)

The Crisis of Theological Education” by Ken Collins via Firebrand Magazine. “Theological education rightfully belongs to the entire church—to the whole body of Christ—as the early church so clearly recognized.” (Added 11-8-2022)

A Radical Proposal for Recovery of Doctrine in the Global Methodist Church” by Keith Sweat. Do away with the UMC Doctrinal Standards and recover the full 39 Articles as a starting point. (Added 11-8-2022)

Jurisdictions see shift in bishops, more cooperation” by Heather Hahn, Sam Hodges, Tom Kim via UMNS. “All five jurisdictions approved similarly worded petitions that aspire to a future United Methodist Church “where LGBTQIA+ people will be protected, affirmed, and empowered in the life and ministry of the church.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Jurisdictional Conferences and the Future of the UMC with Jay Therrell” via Holy Conversations Podcast (WCA). The president of WCA interviewed about the outcome of the recent Jurisdictional Conferences. (Added 11-7-2022)

The Church Will Be Preserved…” by Jack Harnish. “This week, one of my former churches closed and another one voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. I am not sure that sets any kind of record, but it does lead me to reflect on 50 years of ministry.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Loans Available for Exiting United Methodist Churches” by Jeffrey Walton via Juicy Ecumenism. Shares a presentation by Norwood Davis of the Wesleyan Investment Foundation. (Added 11-7-2022)

Africans react to election of Bishop Bridgeforth via Facebook. Forbes Matonga shared the news of the UMC’s second openly gay bishops. The comments from African United Methodists capture the divide in the UMC. (Added 11-7-2022)

Africa Initiative Calls for the Election of New Bishops in the Central Conferences of Africa” via by Jerry Kulah via Good News. A statement questioning why every part of the UMC except Africa is electing new bishops. (Added 11-7-2022)

Breakdown: Holy/Unholy Conferencing (5/x)” by Josh McClendon. On the recent jurisdictional conferences: “This church… that was built by a great many good and God-fearing Methodists, past and present, is in a state of hijacking.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Tweet by Reconciling Ministries Network. Shares Izzy Alvaran’s travel to the Philippines to organize for the election of three new filipino bishops. (Added 11-7-2022)

Tweet by Erik Meade. “I wonder if @RevAdamHamilton still believes the message he has been giving about the future of the #UMC given the doings of the jurisdictional conferences this week.” (Added 11-7-2022)

What is going on right under your nose” by Scott Knowlton. “What happens in the Western Jurisdiction matters to United Methodists in Short Gap, West Virginia, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. Do not let them tell you it does not.” (Added 11-7-2022)

Disaffiliation Information Zoom Meeting November 1, 2022” via Texas Conference UMC (YouTube). What to do after you disaffiliate from the Texas Conference of the UMC. (Added 11-7-2022)

150-year-old Watson church votes to leave United Methodist denomination in historic split” by Ellyn Couvillion via The Advocate. Baton Rouge coverage. (Added 11-7-2022)

Let’s Queer Up this Kingdom” by Kiri Anne Ryan Bereznai via YouTube. “Here’s my speech from the 2022 North Central Jurisdiction Conference of the United Methodist Church, on my experience of the impact of transphobia in the church.” See also. (Added 11-7-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley. “We traditional United Methodists can be grateful for progressive sweep of USA bishop elections etc. Official church teaching in USA part of global denomination is done. Now we’ve clarity & know what must be done.”

Tweet by Keith McIlwain. “It will take me a while to fully digest & analyze #NEJ2022, but one truth that was strongly, powerfully reiterated time & again is that in the #UMC we are serving 2 very different gospels. Peaceful, gracious separation IS the middle ground.” (Added 11-6-2022)

Tweet by Terry Mattingly. “I think the @UnitedMethodis1 establishment in Southeast is really, really mad. Out West, candid UMC left has nothing to prove.” (Added 11-5-2022)

Reflections on the 2022 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the UMC” by Rebecca Holland. “What do I say when they ask me how an LGBTQ+ candidate was on the ballot? Do I tell them that other conferences are openly disregarding the rules? What reason should I give them?” (Added 11-5-2022)

Jumpstarting a New Methodism” by Mike Lowry and Jeff Greenway. The shape of the new Methodism captured in the Global Methodist Church. (Added 11-5-2022)

Name that Bishop” via Good News Magazine. Features quotes from United Methodist bishops. (Added 11-5-2022)

Drag Queens and the Queering of the Church” by M.D. Perkins via AFN.net. “The purpose is to disrupt foundational assumptions about sex and gender and, thereby, transform social norms by offering new possibilities.” (Added 11-5-2022)

Tweet by John Lomperis. “Yesterday, traditionally more moderate #UMC North Central Jurisdiction subjected all delegates there to over 2 hours of heavy-handed anti “heterosexism” re-education session. Orthodox #UnitedMethodist s, that’s the sort of “place for you” 2 expect if U choose 2 #stayUMC / #beUMC” (Added 11-5-2022)

Northeastern Jurisdiction Postpones Second Bishop Election to 2024” by Maidstone Mulenga via UM Insight. “An apparent compromise was taking shape by the last ballot as Rev. De La Rosa’s support was rising in the voting tally while Dr. Williams’ votes were slipping. That was when a motion was put forth to suspend the jurisdiction’s rules and postpone the second bishop election to 2024.” (Added 11-5-2022)

2 jurisdictions tackle racism in bishop elections” by Heather Hahn and Tim Tanton via UMNS. “The Rev. Sharon Bowers, a Black candidate from the Holston Conference, urged the conference not to fall under ‘the tyranny of the white gaze’ as she announced her withdrawal.” (Added 11-5-2022)

Western Jurisdiction Elects Hispanic Clergywoman, Married Gay Clergyman as Bishops” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “coming up against allegations of racism in the election process – delegates to the Western Jurisdiction Conference elected a Hispanic clergywoman and an openly gay married pastor as the last two of their three allotted bishops Nov. 4.” (Added 11-5-2022)

Good News publisher will address disaffiliation beliefs at Fayetteville’s Central United Methodist Church” by Frank Lockwood via Arkansas Democrat Gazette. A regional event on disaffiliation publicized. (Added 11-5-2022)

Tweet by Nate Nims. “So far, every US jurisdiction that has voted on the “Queer Delegates’ Call to Center Justice and Empowerment for LGBTQIA+ People in the UMC” has passed the resolution. #NCJUMC #umc” (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet via Western Jurisdiction. “Bishop Bridgeforth comes from the CalPac Conference! Husband Chris is standing by his side! #wjumc #umcelection” (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet via Great Plains UMC. “scjumc2022 overwhelmingly approved 3 resolutions, including asking those who may leave the #UMC to step back from church leadership roles, showing support for regional conferences, and giving justice and empowerment to LGBTQIA+ United Methodists. https://buff.ly/3E0Naf3” (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet by John Lomperis. “US #UMC conferences this week make clear a new identity for the #UnitedMethodist Church:
-low view of Jesus Christ -leaders rewarded for breaking promises -graceless intolerance of non-liberals (taking our $ but not our input) -another gay activist bishop https://bit.ly/3T1ibUF (Added 11-4-2022)

Dottie Escobedo-Frank” via Paradise Valley UMC. Newly elected bishop: “Dottie believes we are living in a time of epochal change, which requires the church find sacred ways to die in order to be reborn. She calls for heretics and edge-dwellers to lead the church forward. Now is the time, she says, to push these new leaders to the forefront of church restarts.” (Added 11-4-2022)

United Methodists Elect Another Gay Bishop, Set Liberal New Direction” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. “Showing the new normal, a second openly partnered, gay activist bishop, Cedric Bridgeforth, was elected in the Western Jurisdiction, and a third came historically close to being elected in the Northeast, openly breaking longstanding rules..” (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet via Oklahoma Conference UMC. “The Resolution 22-01 Leading with Integrity passed 138/30. #scj2022” [Image included.] Only those who intended to stay UMC should lead in the church. (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet via North Texas Conference UMC. “Rev. Kim Jenne of Missouri AC offered a resolution in support of the Christmas Covenant which calls for the creation of regional conferences. Resolution passed 140/24 #scj2022” [Image of Resolution included] (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet via North Texas Conference UMC. “Jesi Lipp of @greatplainsumc submitted resolution centering justice and empowerment for LGBTQIA+ people in the #umc. Submitted by 47 “queer’ delegates from across the U.S. Resolution passes 128/35 #scj2022” [Image included] (Added 11-4-2022)

United Methodists to Meet in Charlotte for Worldwide Conference” via UMC. TheUMC General Conference 2024 will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 23-May 3. (Added 11-4-2022)

3 Reasons to Rethink the Independent Streak in the UMC Exodus” by RC Muhlbaier. Accountability, Maintaining Theoloogical Distinctives, and Cooperative Ministry are reasons not to go independent. (Added 11-4-2022)

Africa Again the Stepchild?” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. Bishops are being elected everywhere except where they are needed the most: Africa. (Added 11-4-2022)

GMC Thursday Night Live with Dr. Sterling Allen & Dr. David Watson” via GMC Thursday Night Live. The Dean of United Theological Seminary, one of the authors of the GMC doctrinal standards, interviewed. (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet by Western Jurisdiction. “Here’s what’s happening now: A video of confession from the #scjumc2022 was shared here about the harm they caused Bishop Karen Oliveto after her election in 2016. Tears and a holy moment was among us as that confession was received and a response is being crafted. #wjumc” (Added 11-4-2022)

Episode 107: Bishop Janice Huie and Bishop Gary Mueller” via Pod Have Mercy. Chapelwood (Houston) podcast episode from the South Central Jurisdictional Conference. (Added 11-4-2022)

Rev. Copeland and the Discipline” by Randy Burbank. Responding to accusations on traditional bishops by Stan Copeland: “Why invoke our Discipline now? Bro. Stan, haven’t you been paying attention to the actions and words of other Bishops?” (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley: “United Methodist regional election of USA bishops, all liberal opponents of official church teaching, will accelerate exit by thousands of United Methodist congregations.” Reply by Talbot Davis: “Also, the charges of “influencing” or “misinforming” are so patronizing. As if congregations (like, hello!,@whiteschapelumc) can’t see denom dysfunction for themselves. (Added 11-4-2022)

Post by Steve Schonert via Facebook. An Illinois Great Rivers Conference lay delegate offers a traditionalists perspective on the Thursday, November 3 events at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. (Added 11-4-2022)

Tweet by David Watson. “I see 4 groups emerging from the #UMC division: 1. Ps-UMC, mainline/progressive 2. Conservative/evangelical Methodists who join the GMC. 3. Conservative/evangelical Methodists who join another denomination (e.g. the FMC) 4. Independent/autonomous churches Thoughts?” (Added 11-4-2022)

South Central Delegates Endorse LGBTQ Inclusion, Recusal of Disaffiliating Clergy” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “The South Central Jurisdiction cast off its traditionally conservative political stances Nov. 3 to adopt two resolutions aimed at a more inclusive, more unified United Methodist Church.” (Added 11-4-2022)

Three Bishops Accused of Aiding Disaffiliation” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. “A South Central Jurisdictional Conference delegate asked the jurisdiction’s college of bishops to address the conduct and status of three episcopal leaders he said had provided “promotion and support” to the breakaway Global Methodist Church.” (Added 11-4-2022)

Post by John Eshleman via Progressive Methodists Facebook Group. An effort to start a new dissident UM congregation in Cypress, TX where all five UM churches have joined the GMC. (Added 11-3-2022)

Tennessee Church Votes to Disaffiliate from UMC over Homosexuality Debate” by Milton Quintanilla via Christian Headlines. Coverage of Christ Church Memphis’ vote to disaffiliate from the UMC. (Added 11-3-2022)

The Future of the NIC Runs Through Indiana” by Scott Field via Northern IL WCA. What episcopal elections in the North Central Jurisdiction forebode for the Northern Illinois Conference. (Added 11-3-2022)

UMNS Episcopal Elections Page. via United Methodist News Service. “Bookmark this page for voting results, stories on the elected bishops and the latest coverage of the Nov. 2-5 episcopal elections.” (Added 11-3-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley: “Michigan-backed United Methodist bishop candidate Kennetha Bigham-Tsai: “No, it is not important that we agree on who Christ is.” “God became flesh, but not particular flesh. There’s no particularity around that. God became incarnate in a culture, but not one culture.” (Added 11-3-2022)

Jurisdictions Elect Centrist, Racial-Ethnic Bishops on Early Ballots” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. A round-up of the first day of episcopal elections in the five U.S. jurisdictions. (Added 11-3-2022)

The Split Continues” by Steve Jordahl via American Family Association. Mark Tooley interviewed. (Added 11-3-2022)

Post by Steve Schonert via Facebook. An Illinois Great Rivers Conference lay delegate from a disaffiliating church shares his reasons for participating fully in jurisdictional conference. (Added 11-3-2022)

New Opportunities in the Wake of Disaffiliations” via Louisiana Conference UMC. “Disaffiliation has become a path forward for some conservative congregations that have bristled at a more inclusive stance toward LGBTQ rights in the United Methodist Church… we are excited by the new opportunities this moment affords us to establish new United Methodist communities where everyone can know they are loved and always welcomed.” (Added 11-2-2022)

An Unofficial IGRC Disaffiliation Worksheet” via PeopleNeedJesus.net (PDF). Based on a new October 28 disaffiliation process approved by trustees of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the UMC. (Added 11-2-2022)

Edenton UMC faces schism” by Tyler Newman via Chowan Herald (North Carolina). A congregation left divided after a disaffiliation vote falls short. “At least 260 churches in the state’s 779-church eastern conference have voted to disaffiliate or plan to next year.” (Added 11-2-2022)

Global Methodist Church’s Transitional Leadership Council Elects New Leader” by Walter Fenton via Global Methodist Church. Oklahoma Attorney Cara Nicklas chairs the TLC now that Leah Hidde-Gregory has been appointed as president pro-tem of the Mid-Texas Provisional Conference. (Added 11-2-2022)

‘Flagship congregation’ of Tennessee UMC votes to leave denomination amid LGBT schism” by Michael Grybooski via Christian Post. Coverage of the exit of Christ Church Memphis. (Added 11-2-2022)

Separation” by Rachel Heyduck via UM Insight. Hurt feelings at a special AC session to approve disaffiliations. (Added 11-1-2022)

47 Louisiana churches have left United Methodist Church over gay marriage, LGBTQ issues” by Rob Masson via KNOE. Coverage of St. Timothy’s exit from the Louisiana Conference of the UMC. (Added 11-1-2022)

Christ Church Votes Overwhelmingly to Leave United Methodist Church” by Jane Roberts via Daily Memphian. Coverage of the disaffiliation of one of United Methodism’ flagship congregations. (Added 11-1-2022)

St. Timothy in Mandeville votes by overwhelming margin to leave the United Methodist Church” by Sara Pagones via NOLA.com. Coverage of the exit of Louisiana’s largest UM congregation. (Added 11-1-2022)

Western Jurisdiction Comments on Bishop’s Suspension” by Western Bishops via UM Insight. Bishop Carcano will be appointed by the jurisdictional conference but remain under suspension while a committee on investigation does its work. (Added 11-1-2022)

Electing Bishops: Jurisdictional Conferences, Another Step Toward The UMC of Tomorrow, Today” by JJ Warren via UM Insight. “Now that those who are vehemently opposed to the full affirmation and inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons have a denomination of their own, it’s time for United Methodism to move confidently toward the land of inclusion for all.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Staying Video/Podcast Series Highlights Differences without Disaffiliation, Unity without Uniformity” by Mark Lambert via Louisiana Conference UMC. An effort to keep churches and members in the UMC. (Added 11-1-2022)

Post by Lynn Malone via Facebook. “It was a bad day for Louisiana United Methodism [Sunday]. It’s two largest churches voted to disaffiliate (one with a vote of 99% in favor, the other with nearly 90% in favor). In addition, a third church (another of its largest) voted by 86% to disaffiliate. A fourth congregation (a mid-sized church) voted 94% to disaffiliate. A fifth congregation (another mid-size) voted last Wednesday to disaffiliate. Overall, a very bad day (and week) for the LAC.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Meet Your Presiding Elders” via Mid-Texas GMC Conference Facebook Page. Presiding elders (DS’s) named in the Mid-Texas Provisional Conference of the GMC. (Added 11-1-2022)

Debate looming on how low budget should go” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. “But disagreements are brewing on just how big those cuts need to be as financial leaders seek to be good stewards of local churches, annual conferences and denomination-wide ministries.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Post via Mid-Texas Conference GMC (Facebook). Lists 76 congregations representing 18,000 members who have joined the new provisions conference. (Added 11-1-2022)

Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory has been selected by the Global Methodist Transitional Leadership Council to serve as the President Pro-Tem for the Mid-Texas Provisional Conference of the Global Methodist Church” via Mid-Texas GMC Facebook Page. (Added 11-1-2022)

Why the United Methodist Church has such a bright future ahead” via Grace Birmingham (YouTube). Tyler Christiansen shares his enthusiasm for the future of the UMC. (Added 11-1-2022)

The First GMC Provisional Annual Conference in the US Holds Inaugural Meeting at Epworth by the Sea!” via SGGMC.org. Details of a meeting of a provisions annual conference of the GMC. (Added 11-1-2022)

Gaslighting & Saving Face” by Roger Wolsey via Patheos. A progressive pastor often quoted in disaffiliation presentations for his denial that Jesus died for our sins writes about the “current disaffiliation wave in the UMC “poster child for all that is wrong with the UMC.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Local Methodist churches will no longer be United” by Mark Fleming via The Baytown Sun. Texas Local News: “Several United Methodist churches, including Cedar Bayou Grace and St. Mark’s in Baytown and First United Methodist Church of Mont Belvieu have voted to withdraw from the United Methodist Church in recent congregational votes. They will be joining the newly formed Global Methodist Church.” (Added 11-1-2022)

WNA Week 7: The Future of Methodism; The Future of St. Luke’s” via St. Luke’s, OK City (YouTube). An information session in a congregation exploring options, including the Methodist Collegiate Church (starting at 7:00). No decisions to be made until January. (Added 11-1-2022)

Special Called Conference Friday Episcopal Remarks” by Bishop Jimmy Nunn via OKUMC Communications (YouTube). A bishops’ address as a special called session dealing with disaffiliations. (Added 11-1-2022)

Section 2553 expires at the end of 2023. What does this mean for local churches?” via Dalton & Tomich (YouTube). “Time is ticking away on the process to disaffiliate.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Board of Trustees Report via The North Carolina Conference. A very large list of churches to be approved for disaffiliation at the November 19 special session. (Added 11-1-2022)

From Mourning to Morning” by Bishop Fairley via North Carolina Conference. “Sisters and brothers who have shared the sorrows and joys of ministry and mission have made decisions to separate using disciplinary paragraph 2553. It is painful to be here.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Tweet by Tim Reaves. “The NC Conference just put out email from the bishop saying 249 churches have voted to disaffiliate. It still has to be ratified by the annual conference at a special called session on Nov. 19.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Post by Andrew Zeringue via Facebook. “The issue is this, the UMC has overtime shifted away from biblical truths. Those who attended the Louisiana Annual Conference heard many things contradictory to the bible’s teachings.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Post by Brady Whitton via Facebook. A progressive responds to several large Louisiana churches voting to disaffiliate last Sunday. (Added 11-1-2022)

Post by Dan Stambaugh via Friends of GMC Facebook Group. Information on the vote to disaffiliate by Bumcombe Street UMC in South Carolina. (Added 11-1-2022)

Why Christianity is More Naturally Suited for Connection Rather Than Independence” by Sam Powers via his blog. Oklahoma DS: “But if a church has thrown off connectionalism in favor of independence, they are not helping those other churches thrive. When this becomes the case, the independent church has actually become predatory.” (Added 11-1-2022)

Statistical Update by Rich Jones via Going Global – Western Texas Global Methodists. In the Northwest Texas UMC Conference, 163 of 200 churches have held church conferences. 134 have voted to disaffiliate so far. (Added 11-1-2022)

UM Fallout: Aug-Oct 2022 Archive” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.net. The UM Fallout Compendium gets very large over time. Older posts are periodically archived to keep things manageable. (Added 11-1- 2022)

Methodism, the Boll Weevil, and Hope” by Jay Therrell via WCA. “…what might initially be seen as a disaster of epic proportions can be redeemed to become the greatest cause for hope imaginable.” (Added 11-1-2022)

See Also: Aug-Oct 2022, May-July 2022, Jan-April 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, or earlier.