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Renfroe: The Titanic sails at midnight

The authors of these two proposals see them as attempts to create a compromise that will allow United Methodists to navigate our differences regarding marriage and sexuality and keep the denomination together. Unfortunately, both plans are terribly ill-conceived and will result in the opposite of what their authors intended.

The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force Hosts Third Panel on Human Sexuality

The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force Hosts Third Panel on Human Sexuality

Love Prevails forces Connectional Table to address sexuality issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Love Prevails, an advocacy group working for the full inclusion of GLBTQ persons in the life of the United Methodist Church, disrupted this morning’s meeting of the Connectional Table. The Connectional Table is the primary visioning and coordinating body for The United Methodist Church, and has been meeting this week in Nashville at the […]

Question for UMC: Why should I trust you?

By Ben Boruff, Special Contributor… As conversations about denominational vitality and increasingly global mission efforts move to the forefront of the UMC’s mind—as they should—trust-related issues pepper our thoughts. In a recent United Methodist News Service report about the Connectional Table, Bishop Bruce Ough, the group’s new chair, noted “the intense level of distrust that […]

Still there, UM Connectional Table starts anew

The new Connectional Table—a United Methodist governing body that had expected to be defunct by now—met to organize for the next four years. The gathering Jan. 15-17 in Nashville, Tenn., set the tone for the denomination’s leadership for the next four years and may have offered a prelude to proposals that will go before the […]

Amy Valdez Barker to be executive secretary of Connectional Table

  The UMC’s Connectional Table (CT) has announced the hiring of the Rev. Amy Valdez Barker as executive secretary, effective Jan.  1. She will provide administrative leadership for the CT as it coordinates the mission, ministries and resources of the denomination. “Amy’s experience as a leader in The United Methodist Church, along with her vision and passion […]

Casad leaving Connectional Table

Mary Brooke Casad is stepping down as executive secretary of the UMC’s Connectional Table.  “As our denomination has taken on the adaptive challenge of creating, fostering and sustaining vital congregations, I have been prayerfully contemplating my role in this endeavor,” she said in a statement. “My resignation is based on a desire to be more […]

Backers of agency consolidation ponder what went wrong

The dream some UMC leaders had of bringing most general church agencies under a single 15-member board, led by an executive, crashed and burned at General Conference on Friday. And the dreamers were left to lament their defeat in the General Administration Committee, and try to figure out what went wrong. “I trust the Holy […]