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Traditional plans keep status quo

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:36am
Two traditional plans appeal to United Methodists who wish to continue to restrict the role of gay people in the church.
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United Methodist trust clause: Critical amid struggle?

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:06am
John Wesley was thinking about church property when he wrote the first trust clause in 1750.
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Commentary: Why I stay

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:05am
A United Methodist writes about why he stays with the church even amid the painful debate over the place he and other LGBTQ people have in the denomination.
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Commentary: Through a glass darkly

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 2:52pm
The Rev. Rob Renfroe, president of the unofficial advocacy group Good News, says the Traditional Plan is the most likely to be approved at GC2019. But he considers what might happen if no plan is approved.
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African bishops ready to transform agriculture

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:59pm
United Methodist leaders pledge to move from the current subsistence farming to commercial ventures that can financially support the church.
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Daily Digest: January 31, 2019

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 3:47pm
Matonga on Traditional Plan; Investing in people on a global scale; Bishop Yemba commentary
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Investing in people on global scale

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:58pm
United Methodists join other faith groups at the United Nations to discuss financial support of global goals to improve lives.
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Commentary: Worship offers key to community amid differences

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:54am
Bishop David K. Yemba writes that the church cannot be in full communion with God as a divided denomination, but urges General Conference delegates to look to the worship experience as a “window to the church we believe in.”
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Churches, AU students benefit from cultural exchange

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 9:00am
As they host Africa University students from other countries, Zimbabwe church members teach and learn new languages, enriching partnerships.
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Commentary: Disproportionate budget cut will hurt church’s ministry

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 5:40pm
Leaders of United Methodist Communications respond to a proposed budget cut of 37 percent, contending the reductions are substantially more than for any other peer agency.
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Group proposes how to divide slashed budget

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 4:19pm
A Connectional Table team recommends substantial cuts for some church organizations and programs while holding the line for others in the 2021-24 church budget.
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Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev Forbes Matonga

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:25pm
The Rev. Forbes Matonga, a pastor at the Nyadire Mission in Zimbabwe, discusses possible implications that decisions made at the special 2019 General Conference could have for The United Methodist Church in Africa.
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Supporters say Simple Plan easy, least harmful

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:04pm
LGBTQ United Methodists and other supporters tout the Simple Plan as the easiest to implement and the least harmful to gay people.
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GC2019 petitions propose exit plans

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:13pm
Several of the petitions going to the 2019 General Conference attempt to map a graceful exit if the church splits over homosexuality.
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United Methodist hospital gets lifesaving surgical wing

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:01pm
A new $140,000 surgery center at United Methodist Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, will allow doctors to perform complex medical procedures, including cesarean sections.
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Update: Ruling on seminary appealed

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 1:21pm
Ruling that would have eased Claremont School of Theology move to Oregon appealed.
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Commentary: 'God can do anything'

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:46am
Molly McNamara tells how operating a lemonade stand for 10 years impacted her faith.
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Border wall would cut off historic church

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:53am
The first Spanish-speaking Methodist church and two historic cemeteries would be disrupted by President Trump’s proposed border wall.
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WCA details post-General Conference plans

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:36am
Leaders of the unofficial traditionalist advocacy group have started publicizing plans for the immediate aftermath of the special General Conference.
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Redoubling efforts to fight Ebola epidemic

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:14am
Since August 2018, Ebola has claimed more than 400 lives in the Congo, and United Methodists are striving to make a difference.
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