Why schism? United Methodist leaders explain proposal to split the denomination
(RNS) — Participants offered a behind-the-scenes look at how they arrived at a proposal, announced earlier this month, that would allow conservative United Methodist churches and conferences to split from the denomination over their beliefs barring LGBTQ United Methodists from ordination and marriage.
Why United Methodist Church’s plan for separation is good for everyone
(RNS) — For too long, United Methodists have been merely coexisting, without community, and too many congregations have grown accustomed to a theological ambiguity that dishonors our heritage.
Why Jewish mediator Kenneth Feinberg wants to save the United Methodist Church
(RNS) — ‘I thought that the church and what it stands for and its impact on the day-to-day lives of people was important and that we should step up and try and preserve that, which hopefully we’ve done,’ says Feinberg.
United Methodist #MeToo complaint against Bud Heckman settled
(RNS) — A United Methodist clergyman accused of sexual misconduct has ‘retired under complaint,’ ending the denomination’s judicial process against the Rev. Donald ‘Bud’ Heckman.
United Methodist leaders propose plan to split church over LGBTQ ordination, marriage
(RNS) — Bishops and representatives of a number of United Methodist groups have announced a proposed agreement to split the United Methodist Church.
A Dallas United Methodist church will end 2019 affirming all marriage vows
(RNS) — Ahead of a denominational clampdown on ordination and marriage beginning Jan. 1, First United Methodist Church of Dallas will take the bold step of closing 2019 with a service reaffirming marriage vows — both heterosexual and same-sex.
SMU sued as it moves to cut ties with United Methodist Church
(RNS) — Southern Methodist University has moved to cut ties with the United Methodist Church after the denomination voted to strengthen rules barring LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination earlier this year.
Can we find a new meaning in the word evangelical?
(RNS) — On a visit to evangelical churches in the heart of red America not long ago, I found hope to think “evangelical” can mean something besides what web trolls and Trump-supporting preachers have turned it into.
UMC’s Western Jurisdiction announces ‘safe harbor’ for LGBTQ clergy
(RNS) — The Safe Harbor Declaration comes months before new restrictions strengthening the United Methodist Church’s ban on the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members are set to take effect on Jan. 1.
Dissent from Traditional Plan dominates United Methodists’ top court meeting
CHICAGO (RNS) — Many of the requests before the Judicial Council this past week had to do with actions recently passed by various regional annual conferences across the country dissenting to the Traditional Plan approved in February.
United Methodist clergyman accused of sexual misconduct, says UMNS report
(RNS) — Four women have accused the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman — a United Methodist elder who is well known in interfaith circles — of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse, according to the United Methodist News Service.
United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote
(RNS) — The most likely proposals provide for dissenting congregations to exit the denomination, while retaining ties to United Methodist support organizations.
A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup
(RNS) — The plan would allow the United Methodist Church to create a new, fully independent body for more conservative or traditional churches and possibly another body for its most liberal wing.
United Methodist Church scraps plans to host General Conference in the Philippines
(RNS) — Plans for a meeting in the Philippines are off because space was not available for the full two weeks needed to host the gathering of United Methodists from around the world.