UM News Daily Digest
United Methodist News Service

Providing news and information from around the church.

May 26, 2019

"We are going to do a lot of outreach to progressives to say we see you." Council of Bishops President Kenneth H. Carter during a press conference after General Conference.


2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — In a 438-384 vote, delegates to The United Methodist Church's top lawmaking assembly approved a plan that affirms church policies on homosexuality and strengthens enforcement. A last-ditch effort to bring the One Church Plan back was defeated. 
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Conflict defines General Conference aimed at unity
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — United Methodists tried to come to terms with a General Conference that was meant to unify but instead underscored divisions and had all sides acknowledging a high level of pain. Sam Hodges has the story. 
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Wrap-up: Judicial Council at GC2019

ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — At every General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top court rules on questions of constitutionality that come from that body. During the Feb. 23-26 special session, the stakes were a bit higher. Linda Bloom reports.
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Court to GC2019: Legislation needs more work

Audio stories from General Conference 2019
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — Audio stories from General Conference 2019 include daily wrap-ups of events in the voices of the delegates and others here.
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Oklahoma Conference
Oklahoma delegate leads legislative proceedings

ST. LOUIS — Even before he was elected chair of the legislative committee, the Rev. Joseph Harris knew the stakes would be high at the special called General Conference. He brought years of experience and a strong faith to his role. Meagan Ewton has the story.
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Dakotas Conference
Seminary students reflect on GC2019

ST. LOUIS — Seminary students in attendance at General Conference 2019 shared thoughts about the atmosphere, legislative process and future of The United Methodist Church. 
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GC2019 in photos
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — Photographers captured the scenes on the final day of the special General Conference, which included debate, prayer and protests.
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Florida Conference
Webinar to discuss GC2019 results

ST. LOUIS — Bishop Kenneth H. Carter will discuss the results of the special General Conference at 11 a.m. EST Friday, March 1, during a webinar. Participants will be able to submit questions.
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Saturday, March 9
2019 Mission and Justice Summit — Do Mission Differently

#SeeAllThePeople Video Teaching Series
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Engaging Your Community lecture March 21
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