Implications of Postponing General Conference

By Thomas Lambrecht – By now, I am sure you are aware that General Conference has been postponed until sometime in 2021. A date and place for the rescheduled conference has not been announced and may not be for a few weeks. Beyond question, this was the right decision. With the spreading coronavirus making travel […]

The Impact of Social Distancing

By Tom Lambrecht – We have a new phrase in our vocabulary: “social distancing.” In this time of the novel coronavirus, keeping a distance from other people can help stop the spread of the disease. It is ironic to me that this virus has caused an extreme form of what our society has already been […]

Broad Traditionalist Group Casts Vision for Future Denomination

By Thomas Lambrecht – A group of nearly 30 diverse United Methodist bishops, clergy, and laity -men and women, African-American, Asian, Caribbean, Caucasian, and Hispanic persons from every U.S. jurisdiction, and three central conferences -recently concluded a three-day gathering in Atlanta, Georgia, during which they explored ways to reach consensus about the shape of a […]

Is Structural Unity Mandatory for the Church?

By Thomas Lambrecht – In a recent blog, Bishop Gary Mueller makes the case for yet another plan to resolve the conflict in The United Methodist Church. His “2 X 4 Plan” calls for two regional conferences in each part of the globe — Africa, Europe, the Philippines, and the United States — one traditional and […]

Guest Commentary: Why Progressives and Traditionalists should Support the Protocol

Jack Jackson is E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism, Mission, and Global Methodism at Claremont School of Theology in California. Some of the opinions expressed in this analysis will be provocative to both progressive and traditionalist readers. Nevertheless, we believe that Dr. Jackson’s viewpoints should be read and discussed across the United Methodist connection. […]

What Separation Means for Clergy

By Thomas Lambrecht – As the details of the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” become better understood, questions arise about how the Protocol of Separation would affect groups within the church. I have already looked at how it affects U.S. churches and the central conferences. Another significant group impacted by the Protocol will be clergy, including bishops. […]

What Separation Means for Central Conferences

By Thomas Lambrecht – Now that the enabling legislation for the “Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” has been publicly released, I am at liberty to share more fully the details of what it proposes. I previously wrote about how the process of separation would work for U.S. churches. This week, I want to hone in […]

A Primer on Local Church Assets

Dr. David W. Scott- Today’s guest post is by UM & Global blogmaster Dr. David W. Scott, Director of Mission Theology at the General Board of Global Ministries. It originally was posted on UM & Global ( and is reprinted here by permission. The opinions and analysis expressed here are Dr. Scott’s own and do not reflect […]

What Separation Means for U.S. Churches

By Tom Lambrecht – The legislation that would implement the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation has been completed. It has been sent for formatting and will be forwarded to several annual conferences that are supposed to have special sessions in order to adopt the legislation and submit it to General Conference. Those sessions […]

A Protocol for Peace

By Chappell Temple – He’s not exactly a theologian, but we could perhaps call him a prophet of sorts. Six years before the United Methodist Church was even formed, Neil Sedaka got it right in his signature song of 1962: “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” And that is so not only because there are numerous challenges […]