Reference Committee Decides on Petitions

By Thomas Lambrecht – Of the 99 petitions submitted to the special called General Conference in St. Louis on February 23-26, 78 have been cleared to be considered by that body. This includes all the main plans and proposals that have been under consideration. A special called session of General Conference can deal with only […]

Why do so many bishops support the One Church Plan?

By Robert Sparkman – At the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, delegates voted to accept a proposal by the Council of Bishops to set up the “Commission on a Way Forward” to study how to deal with the conflicts within the church related to homosexuality. The Council of Bishops set up the Commission on a […]

The One Church Plan and the Rise of “Global South”

By Luther Oconer In May 2018, a majority of United Methodist bishops agreed to endorse the One Church Plan (OCP). This plan entails the removal of restrictive language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline pertaining to the practice of homosexuality. If these changes are approved at the 2019 General Conference, congregations will then be able to […]

Is History an Argument for the One Church Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht A recent newsletter published by Mainstream UMC argues that, just as the church changed its understanding and teaching about slavery, the role of women in the church, and divorced clergy, the church can change its understanding and teaching about marriage and homosexuality. The church got it “wrong” in the past, and now the church […]

French: The One Church Plan and the Rise of “Global South”

Par Luther Oconer En mai 2018, une majorité des évêques Méthodistes Unis ont convenu de donner leur appui au Plan d’une Église Unique (en sigle PEU). Ce plan consiste à supprimer les termes restrictifs dans le Livre de Discipline de l’Église Méthodiste Unie concernant la pratique de l’homosexualité. Si ces changements sont approuvés à la […]

Korean pastors voice skepticism about One Church Plan

“If the One Church Plan passes, KUMC would have difficulty in accepting an LGBT bishop assigned to the Korean UMCs due to its cultural and moral traditions,” said the Rev. Paul Chang, executive director of the denomination’s Korean Ministry Plan. “The new definition of marriage also would be something KUMC would be struggling with in […]

Update on San Francisco’s Glide Memorial UMC

By Thomas Lambrecht – New action has taken place by the California-Nevada Annual Conference filing suit against Glide Memorial United Methodist Church over Trust Clause issues. Such action shows what might happen in the event other congregations try to leave the denomination. In a previous post, I described the conflict going on between California-Nevada Annual Conference […]

Loss and Hope at Advent

By Steve Beard – “Growing up, Christmas was about tamales, guacamole, caroling, and cousin skits,” writes Jenna Bush Hager in Southern Living, a magazine where she serves as editor at large in addition to her work on The Today Show. “But mostly, it was all about family, and it centered around our grandparents, our North […]

What’s at Stake

By Thomas Lambrecht – The celebration of Christmas reminds us what is at stake in the debates over the future of The United Methodist Church. Christmas marks the beginning of God’s “on the ground” mission to save humanity and restore the world to what he created it to be. As we look at the world […]

The Plans’ Impact on Mission

By Thomas Lambrecht- Recently, the Connectional Table convened a panel discussion to consider”how the efforts to end the church’s decades-long dispute over homosexuality might affect the denomination’s mission.” According to the article by Heather Hahn, “‘It is untrue that this decision will not affect the agencies and their mission – it will directly,’ said the Rev. Kim […]