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Where do We go from Here?

By Rob Renfroe - General Conference 2019 is over. Thank God! Many of us feared, even predicted, that when we gathered in St. Louis, we would experience the most hurtful and harmful General Conference in the history of the United Methodist Church. ...

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What do United Methodists Really believe?

By Sam Hodges - The United Methodist Church is a big tent theologically, and people with conservative or traditional religious beliefs make up the largest group under that spreading canvas. Those are two key findings from a new United Methodist ...

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Shifting Axis of Methodism

By Steve Beard - “I look upon all the world as my parish,” famously said John Wesley (1703-1791). One imagines he had no idea that the United Methodist Church – one very large aspect of his spiritual legacy – would be in ministry in 60 different ...

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Traditional Plan Prevails

By Sam Hodges - United Methodists tried to come to terms with a General Conference that was meant to unify but instead underscored divisions and had all sides acknowledging a high level of pain. “Catastrophic” was the summary judgment of the Rev. ...

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For the Traditional Plan

By Jessica LaGrone - On my first mission trip I travelled to the mountains of Costa Rica with a wonderful crew of warm-hearted United Methodists. While we were there to construct houses, my best work was often building relationships with the ...

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The Faith Found in Africa

By Jerry P. Kulah - My dear brothers and sisters of The United Methodist Church from all around the world, I humbly greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ! We thank God for all who have participated in observing a sacred season of fasting and ...

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Miracle on the Mississippi

By Thomas Lambrecht - NEWS ANALYSIS The United Methodist Church endured four days of wrenching deliberation at the special called General Conference February 23-26. The conference demonstrated a deeply divided church – something that was readily ...

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In the News

Doing General Conference Math

By Thomas Lambrecht - Supporters of the One Church Plan are considering a number of options in the wake of the decision by the 2019 General Conference to adopt the Traditional Plan. One of those ...

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Two Questions from St. Louis

By Tom Lambrecht - In the aftermath of the special called General Conference in St. Louis, there are two questions that could point to possible misunderstandings of its outcome. 1)     Was the ...

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Que Sucedió REALMENTE en St. Louis (Parte 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht – La Iglesia Metodista Unida acaba de terminar cuatro días de una desgarrada deliberación en la llamada Conferencia General Especial de febrero 23-26. La conferencia demostró ...

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What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part 2)

By Thomas Lambrecht - In the last Perspective, there was a report on what actually passed the special called General Conference in St. Louis, including what the Judicial Council will probably rule ...

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What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht - The United Methodist Church has just finished four days of wrenching deliberation at the special called General Conference February 23-26. The conference demonstrated a deeply ...

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What General Conference Accomplished

By Thomas Lambrecht - Here is a brief summary of the accomplishments of the special called 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church held in St. Louis. Given the opportunity to ...

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Focus 3: Why is an Exit Path Necessary?

By Thomas Lambrecht Whatever the outcome in St. Louis, some congregations and clergy will be unable to live conscientiously within the boundaries established by General Conference. From the ...

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