November 14 Meeting – The Future of the UMC

Petitions have already been filed to make changes in the United Methodist Church at the 2020 General Conference.  We will discuss some of those proposals at our meeting on Thursday November 14.  Rev. Hilary Marchbanks, Jay Brim, Joy Butler, and Rowland Curry will describe some of the proposals, as well as what we can be doing in our churches between now and May 2020.  Join us to learn more about the challenging future in our denomination!

The meeting will be at Saint John’s United Methodist Church, at 2140 Allandale Road in Austin.

Snacks and mingling begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7 pm.

Discussions Ramp Up in Preparation for GC 2020

In February 2019 the United Methodist Church, assembled in St. Louis at a special General Conference, adopted the Traditionalist Plan which strengthened the anti-LGBTQ stance of the denomination.  In the months since, there has been intense discussion about the future of the church.  Several groups have drafted plans dealing with changes to the denomination’s laws, the Book of Discipline.  In May 2020, the global UMC will have a General Conference in Minneapolis where it will consider further changes.

If you are interested in the discussions about the future of our denomination, stay alert!

Progressive Resources:

United Methodist News Service:  https://www.umnews.org/en/

Mainstream UMC:  https://mainstreamumc.com/

UMC Next:  https://umcnext.com/

Hacking Christianity:  http://hackingchristianity.net/

UM Insight:  https://um-insight.net/

UM Forward:  https://um-forward.org/

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Mainstream UMC Meets With Central Conference Bishops

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COB President Suggests Moratorium on Church Trials

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New Jersey Annual Conference Charts Way Forward

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