Discussing and Discerning
For those churches discussing and discerning their future with the United Methodist Church, we want to ensure you have a list of fact-checked, verified, and helpful resources.
Setting the Record Straight; Addressing Rumors and Misinformation
The United Methodist Church, and in turn, the Louisiana Conference, finds itself in a season of discerning. There are some congregations wondering about the future of The United Methodist Church and whether they should consider disaffiliating from it.
As a result of this discernment process, some outside groups are intentionally spreading information that is false. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the various misperceptions or misinformation that some congregations are receiving as they are discerning their next steps.
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Additionally, The United Methodist Church has a series of articles that address these questions. From theology to pensions, you can find the truth here.
Is the UMC Really...?
During a time when there is discussion about potentially leaving the United Methodist Church, the Louisiana Conference wants to talk about the value of staying. We invite you to watch and listen to a new video/podcast series called Staying.
The first episode of Staying features Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey who discusses the value of staying and addresses the harmful nature of misinformation.
United Methodist Communications has officially released a slide deck that is designed to help facilitate conversations. The deck is built in Google slides, which makes it very easy to customize. The goal of the deck is to allow members to take a moment to pause, rediscover and reconnect with what our global, change-making body of believers is all about.
Why is our connection unique? What has brought us here and what calling do we need to fulfill? How can we root into our beliefs, history, mission and ministry in order to stand strong and face the future - together?
Those questions and more are answered in this deck.
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The BeUMC campaign honors the core values that connect the people of The United Methodist Church (The UMC). This grassroots campaign, built upon powerful stories of congregations and people living their faith, celebrates what draws us to the UMC and what we aspire to be.
This discussion guide is a great way for Sunday School classes, Bible studies, or small groups to reflect on what it means to #BeUMC.
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Share Your Story
Why are you a United Methodist? And why are you committed to remaining a United Methodist? You are invited to record and submit two :60 video clips answering the questions — Why are you a United Methodist? And where do you see hope?
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