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Uniting Methodists Implore Judicial Council to Reconsider

We join in calling for the Judicial Council to reconsider its recent ruling upholding the validity of a severely truncated version of the Traditional Plan enacted by a bare majority of General Conference delegates in St. Louis in February.

A Petition for Reconsideration just filed with the Judicial Council makes a compelling case that allowing the resulting piecemeal and punitive plan to take effect contradicts the clearly expressed intent of the 2016 General Conference in adopting the Way Forward approach.

The 2016 General Conference was explicit in its desire to avert impending schism by developing legislation that would deal comprehensively with all provisions in The Book of Discipline relating to human sexuality, and to do so in a way that allows for a variety of expressions to coexist in one church.

An outpouring of support since General Conference:

Has the Methodist Middle Collapsed – Or Is It Awakening?

by Bishop Mike Coyner (Retired) Recently I received a phone call from a friend, a retired UM pastor, to discuss the events of the 2019 General Conference. He then asked me, “Do you think the Methodist Middle has collapsed?” His question was in reference to an article...

Living and Dreaming Together

by Bishop Bruce R. Ough. This post was originally a letter sent to the Minnesota Annual Conference. Grace and peace to you in name of the risen Christ! I echo the words of the apostle Paul as I greet you: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers...

An Open Book Process

As followers of the One who promised, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32), we eagerly seek the truth. We are deeply concerned that any possible irregular or unethical actions in delegate elections, preparations, credentialing, or...

Uniting Methodists is a movement rather than an organization. As a movement we are striving for greater inclusion and genuine representation in pursuit of shared goals. The statements found on this website represent our current consensus about important questions before the church. We invite suggestions, critique, and engaging conversations from persons across the UMC. The Uniting Methodists Leadership Team views this work as iterative and certain to be added to and enhanced over time.

* Uniting Methodists is a not-for-profit movement made up of members of The United Methodist Church and is not associated in any way with Room for All, Inc., an LGBTQ advocacy organization in the Reformed Church in America.

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