General Conference 2019

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The Revs. Anna Blaedel and Alex da Silva Souto officiate at a communion service concluding the Our Movement Forward conference. The event was geared toward starting a new Methodist movement centered on the voices of people of color and LGBTQ individuals. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

Summit plans inclusive Methodist movement

Some 350 U.S. United Methodists gathered May 17-18 to discuss what a new Methodist expression centered on the marginalized might look like.
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After a Feb. 26, 2019, vote to strengthen church policies about homosexuality, delegate Ian Urriola from New York speaks to other delegates who, in protest, formed a large circle in the center of the plenary floor. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Church continues grappling with GC2019 vote

The decision of the 2019 General Conference is being met with both resistance and reinforcement.
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Bishop Grant Hagiya, at right, blesses retired Bishop David Yemba as part of the bishops’ renewal of their baptism vows at the conclusion of the spring Council of Bishops meeting. Hagiya leads the California-Pacific Conference and Yemba serves in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops plan to explore 'new forms of unity'

During the May 4-9 meeting, bishops talked about the fallout of GC2019 and how they can walk alongside conversations about the church’s future.
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Leaders of the Reform and Renewal Coalition, a group of unofficial traditionalist advocacy groups, pose with bishops from Africa and Europe, after a closed-door meeting in which the leaders and central conference bishops discussed the denomination’s situation and possible future. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Traditionalists, bishops talk church future

Leaders of traditionalist advocacy groups held a listening session with bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Church separation was on the table.

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