Episcopalians and the One Church Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht – The Episcopal Church, one of the seven mainline denominations in the United States, has gone down the road toward the full affirmation of LGBTQ persons and practices. The conflict has cost the church hundreds of thousands of members and tens of millions of dollars in lawsuits over property. Their experience can […]

St. Louis Approaches

As delegates to the special 2019 General Conference prepare for St. Louis, advocates for two of the three plans that will be presented by the Commission on the Way Forward have been active in presenting their case. In an address to The Confessing Movement within the Texas Annual Conference in late May, the Rev. Rob […]

What’s In the Connectional Conference Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht – The report of the Commission on a Way Forward and the legislative proposals for the three plans they developed are now posted publicly on the Judicial Council website. In the interest of helping facilitate discussion and consideration of the three main proposals that will be voted upon at the special General […]

What’s in the Traditional Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht – The report of the Commission on a Way Forward and the legislative proposals for the three plans they developed are now posted publicly on the Judicial Council website. In the interest of helping facilitate discussion and consideration of the three main proposals that will be voted upon at the special General […]

What’s In the One Church Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht – In light of the delay in releasing the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, and in the interest of helping facilitate discussion and consideration of the three main proposals that will be voted upon at the special General Conference next February, I will be sharing the elements involved in […]

Bishops Change Call for General Conference; Commission Report Release Delayed

By Thomas Lambrecht – In a press release issued Monday (July 9), the Council of Bishops announced it is changing the call for the special General Conference to be held in St. Louis in February 2019. This change is a technical correction based on the recent Judicial Council decision that allowed other petitions to be submitted […]

Failure of Leadership

By Rob Renfroe – The United Methodist Church gave the Council of Bishops two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to come up with a new solution that would stop our fighting and allow us to move forward focused on our mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ. Unbelievably, the best it could come […]

616 African University Students Graduate

By Eveline Chikwanah – MUTARE, ZIMBABWE (UMNS)  A top executive of Boeing challenged the 616 Africa University graduates from 21 countries to go forth and become exemplary leaders. “Our world is in need of good principled leaders like yourself. Every good leader worked hard, took risks, and treated others with respect,” said Timothy Keating, executive […]

Welcome for the Weak

By Courtney Lott – The first time my friend’s son met my eyes and asked me my name, I almost broke down into an ugly cry in the church foyer. He was around ten-years-old at the time and is autistic. Before I got to know this young man, before I taught him and his siblings […]

Living Aloha

By Steve Beard – In a box of 64 crayons, there are 11 shades of blue. When looking out upon the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean crashing on the beach in Hawaii, it seems like there might be even more. It is one of the many marvels that help explain the magnetism and grandeur […]