Book of Discipline

General Church
On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” proposal to preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing for a new traditionalist-minded denomination. UM News reports on the process the group took to arrive at its plan. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Protocol process painful but fruitful

Participants in mediation talk about how agreement was found among markedly different perspectives for the future of The United Methodist Church.
Local Church
The Rev. Bud Heckman. Photo courtesy of the Religion Communicators Council.

Clergyman retires ‘under complaint’ of abuse

The Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, who is prominent in interfaith circles, faced formal accusations from four women of sexual misconduct and abuse.
General Church
The congregation of Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas, on Dec. 15 vote to leave The United Methodist Church. With 2,800 members, the church is one of the largest in the Texas Conference. The Texas Conference would need to give approval for the church’s exit, and a vote is months away. Grace Fellowship plans to enter the Free Methodist Church denomination. Photo courtesy Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church.

Texas church votes to leave denomination

Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, near Houston, plans to join Free Methodist Church.
General Church
The choir of Anchorage’s First Samoan United Methodist Church sings during the Service of Commissioning and Reading of Appointments at the 2019 annual conference held at Christ First United Methodist Church in Wasilla, Alaska. Photo courtesy of the Alaskan Conference.

Alaska moves to become ‘mission district’

A task force recommended the United Methodist presence in Alaska change from missionary conference status.

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