United Methodists

The Sad, Necessary Division of the United Methodist Church

"[I]f the agreement is approved, it will represent—in essence—the final fracturing of the traditional American church from two primary streams of Christianity (Catholic and Protestant) to three—Catholic, Mainline, and Evangelical. The secular media will cast the divide primarily in the terms it understands—as focused on 'LGBT issues'—but that’s incomplete." - David French

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Diverse Leaders Offer Solution of Amicable United Methodist Split

"Sixteen leaders within the embattled United Methodist Church (UMC) have released a proposal that essentially offers a United Methodist split as a solution to the church’s internal dispute over marriage and gender issues. One reason the proposal is distinctive is because of the influence and diversity among those who signed it." - Church Leaders

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Should Methodists Split into Two, Three, or Four Churches? Delegates Consider.

"Last year’s decision to strengthen the UMC’s traditional position against same-sex marriage and married LGBT clergy prompted at least 11 liberal congregations to start the process of leaving the denomination. Eight regional conferences have ordained clergy in defiance of the decision, and four have adopted resolutions to challenge the General Conference’s decision, questioning its constitutionality in the church’s court." - Christianity Today

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“We are preparing for the launch of a new Methodist church in the aftermath of General Conference 2020.”

"Wesleyan Covenant Association leaders say a breakup of The United Methodist Church is necessary and inevitable, and they want to be ready....'We see the Wesleyan Covenant Association as a bridge to this new church,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, WCA president." - Church Leaders

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United Methodist Church Western Jurisdiction Will Not Comply With Traditional Plan

"At a Council of Bishops meeting on November 6, the five active Western Jurisdiction bishops announced a Safe Harbor Declaration for LGBTQ clergy. Saying they’re 'haunted by the actions of the 2019 Special General Conference....We do not believe The United Methodist Church has the authority or the power to impose limits on the movement of God’s Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s beloved LGBTQ+ children.” - Church Leaders

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Conservative United Methodist group endorses 'amicable separation' over LGBT debate

"The Wesleyan Covenant Association released a statement last Thursday expressing their leadership’s support for the Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation, a proposal that will be considered at the UMC General Conference next year." - Christian Post

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Advocacy group proposal for United Methodist Church General Conference: split UMC into four new denominations

"UM-Forward submitted their proposal called the New Expressions Worldwide Plan.... introduced as a way to resolve the years-long divisive debate within the UMC over the mainline Protestant denomination’s stance on LGBT issues." - Christian Post

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United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote

"The UMC’s General Conference 2020, to be held in May in Minneapolis, will consider the structure of what church leaders hope can be an amicable, and orderly, breakup of a worldwide church that is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States." - RNS

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