Allocation of Bishops Unfair to Africa

By Thomas Lambrecht – Times are changing quickly and global United Methodism needs to start reflecting those changes. Over the last twenty years, the number one shift within our denomination has been the steady decline of membership in the United States and the ever-increasing growth of membership on the continent of Africa. United Methodism is […]

What Is a “Good” Witness?

By Thomas Lambrecht – As we approach the 2019 specially-called General Conference of The United Methodist Church, one of the arguments being made for the One Church Plan is that staying structurally united as one church will be a good witness to the world, and that any sort of structural separation would be a bad […]

Jesus Changes Everything

By Carolyn Moore – Think about the impact of one child’s birth in Bethlehem on the world we live in today. It is stunning to remember just how radically that one life has altered human history. Jesus’ take on the value of life changed how we value children. Google “Jesus and children” and you’ll find […]

Is the One Church Plan Unconstitutional?

By Thomas Lambrecht – The process of formulating and releasing the report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been a long and winding road with unpredictable turns and unexpected surprises. Now that the report has been released in four translations, one foreseeable wild card in the process remains. This October, the Judicial Council […]

Marriage and the One Church Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht – What is the definition of marriage? One of the salient issues the upcoming special General Conference in 2019 needs to decide is precisely this. How does The United Methodist Church define marriage? Up until now, the church has defined marriage as a “covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal […]

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 […]