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Centrists, progressives see 3 paths on the UMC’s way forward

By John W. Coleman “If not us, who? If not now, when?” Several speakers repeated those challenging questions at the UMCNext conference, May 20-22, hosted by Church of the Resurrection… Read more

General Conference is over, what happens now?

The commission did their work. A conference was held. Speeches were given. Delegates voted. Decisions were made. Now what? In the days following… Learn more…

The Arch of Justice

According to the Visitor’s Center at the “St. Louis Arch” National Park, this city has always been “the gateway to the west.” The earliest major trails that settlers used to travel to points west went through St. Louis, Missouri.

GC2019 maps uncertain way forward

After four days of prayers, speeches, protests and votes at General Conference, it remains to be seen whether The United Methodist Church has found a way forward or remains stuck. Read more…

GC2019 OKs Traditional Plan that’s now in the judges’ hands

With the arching drama of the Special Session of General Conference 2019 now ended, the drama moves into the Judicial Council’s arena. The council will consider ruling on the approved… Read more

UM delegates push Traditional Plan forward for a vote

By John W. Coleman The United Methodist Church’s 2019 General Conference Special Session, meeting Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo., finalizes its debates and decision-making Tuesday, in efforts to end… Read more

GC2019 opens in prayer, but legislating to follow

By John W. Coleman From the Rev. Lydia Munoz, 1st day of the General Conference Special Session, Feb. 23, 2019: Still, be still. This has been my centering word and… Read more

Bishops, churches “Praying our Way Forward”

With the United Methodist Church’s Special Session of General Conference, Feb. 23-26, its leaders and many members are calling for intensive prayer. At least one Eastern PA Conference church—and perhaps… Read more

2019 Special Session of the General Conference

Bishop to report on special General Conference in March Bishop Peggy Johnson will provide an initial post-General Conference 2019 report on legislation adopted and outcomes of the Way Forward proposals on Saturday, March… Read more

Delegates interpret UMC Way Forward for church members

A handful of Eastern PA Conference delegates to the 2019 Called General Conference have been meeting with groups around the conference, as promised, to explain the groundbreaking proposals that worldwide… Read more