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Across the Connection: Bishops urge relaunch, New denomination launched, Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations course

United Methodists urged to relaunch their church: While acknowledging the start of a breakaway denomination and the departure of a fellow bishop, the United Methodist Council of Bishops shared hopes for a revived United Methodist Church. United Methodist ministry continues including outreach to people displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Read article

Luanching of a new denomination: On May 1, 2022 the  Global Methodist Church planned to mark the official launch of their new, theologically conservative breakaway denomination. But don’t expect things in the 13-million member, international United Methodist Church to look much different come Monday morning. Both United Methodist and Global Methodist leaders agree that any separations from The United Methodist Church will take time to sort out. Read article

Traditionalist group elects leaders:  Meeting on May 6-7, the Wesleyan Covenant Association elected leaders and made plans to continue their work. WCA took the lead in creating the new Global Methodist Church, but WCA leaders say their organization needs to keep fighting for churches wanting to leave The United Methodist Church. Read article

Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations course now available: United Methodists have a long history of splits and separations.The General Commission on Archives and History  has a six-week and highly detailed course. In the course, you'll learn the reasons behind, context for, and about the leaders of the splits, separations, and reconciliations in our United Methodist heritage. Incorporating opening prayers, scriptures, written text, recorded video, and discussion questions, this course is perfect for anything between an individual devotional, seminary workshop, Sunday School series, or congregational study. Get the details

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