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Beginning to look ahead after GC2019

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 4:58pm
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is sticking around, and so are a number of church members who plan to defy the denomination’s homosexuality policies.
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Young adults reflect on Traditional Plan adoption

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 4:09pm
Young United Methodists have differing views on whether the Traditional Plan, adopted by the special General Conference, is the best way forward for the denomination.
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GC2019 maps uncertain way forward

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 6:00pm
More than 53 percent of General Conference delegates approved the Traditional Plan, but how much of the plan will take effect is unknown.
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2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 1:45pm
Delegates to The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly approved a plan that affirms church policies on homosexuality and strengthens enforcement. The vote was 438 to 384.
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Conflict defines General Conference aimed at unity

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 1:05am
Both sides of human sexuality debate acknowledge hurt at decisions on church’s LGBTQ policies.
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Wrap-up: Judicial Council at GC2019

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:00pm
Highlights of the rulings by the United Methodist Judicial Council during the Feb. 23-26 special General Conference.
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General Conference 2019 – Day 4 wrap-up

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 9:00pm
A news summary of the fourth day of action of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church
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Call for General Conference review

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 5:45pm
Jeffrey “J.J.” Warren, an openly gay reserve delegate from the Upper New York Conference, makes an impassioned statement Feb. 25 arguing for allowing debate about the Simple Plan at the special General Conference in St. Louis. Debate was allowed, but the Simple Plan failed to receive enough votes after the debate to receive further consideration.
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2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 2:14pm
Updated at 9 p.m. Tuesday: Delegates to The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly approved a plan that affirms church policies on homosexuality and strengthens enforcement. The vote was 438 to 384.
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Court to GC2019: Legislation needs more work

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 1:08pm
The United Methodist Judicial Council points to parts of legislation passed Feb. 25 that remain unconstitutional.
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General Conference 2019 - Day 3 wrap-up

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:02pm
A news summary of the third day of action of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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Traditional Plan advances as One Church, Simple plans fail

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:18am
General Conference 2019 delegates moved the Traditional Plan forward to plenary, not the One Church Plan or the Simple.
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Key GC2019 votes prompt anguish, satisfaction

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 10:20pm
Young reserve delegate’s remarks inspire those reeling from One Church Plan’s defeat in legislative committee.
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General Conference 2019 - Day 2 wrap-up

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:55pm
A news summary of the second day of action at the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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GC2019 Daily Update: Feb. 25

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:09pm
This story updated: 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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"The Cross and the Flame," sermon by Bishop Kenneth J. Carter

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 11:13pm
Preaching Feb. 24, Council of Bishops President Kenneth H. Carter called on General Conference delegates to “watch and listen…and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit, to make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.”
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Traditional and One Church backers gear up

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 11:04pm
The Traditional Plan is the top priority as delegates begin their second day of legislative committee. But One Church Plan backers have not given up.
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Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 10:20pm
Delegates ranked petitions by priority for refining in legislative committee. The One Church Plan, backed by a majority of bishops, was fifth.
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Court cites 2016 decision in query at GC2019

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 7:21pm
The United Methodist Judicial Council referred to a previous decision in answer to a question about potential conflicts in language in the denomination’s lawbook.
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Many arrive to witness United Methodist history

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 4:36pm
Observers to special called General Conference come from afar and reflect denomination’s struggle with theological diversity
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