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How do we navigate our dissent and disagreements?

The Rev. Adam Hamilton and Elizabeth Crosby suggest the path forward involves learning to listen to one another, to seek to understand each other’s perspective, and to do so with an attitude of love, kindness and humility.

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PURPOSE

The Connectional Table invites United Methodists to share their hopes and expectations for the future of the church. Across the U.S., Africa, the Philippines and Europe, leaders are hosting conversations where diverse United Methodists can discuss the denomination’s identity, vision, connectionalism and mission.

OUTCOME

The results of these conversations will be compiled and shared in May of 2022. Ultimately, the results can help inform the vision of The United Methodist Church moving forward. In these uncertain times, it is vital to engage the church in the vital work of imagining the future and discerning what God is doing.

GET INVOLVED

Below you will find information on these efforts in each of the four regions and how you can be involved in a conversation. If you are in the U.S., you can follow the directions below to host and report back from a conversation. If you are in the Philippines, Europe or Africa, click on the corresponding link below to learn more about these efforts in your region.

Despite the diversity of cultures and values within the Latinx community, engaging in the act of fiesta enables us to resist and become resilient in the face of evil and oppression. Image courtesy of the Connectional Table.
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Emerging Methodism

Fiesta: The act of resistance

Despite the diversity of cultures and values within the Latinx community, engaging in the act of fiesta enables us to resist and become resilient in the face of evil and oppression.

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Dr. Thomas J. Pace examines what it takes to lead a truly counter-cultural diverse and inclusive church that proclaims God's loves for everyone, no matter their ideology or identity. Image courtesy of the Connectional Table.
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Emerging Methodism

The traditional pastor of the counter-cultural emergent church

Dr. Thomas J. Pace examines what it takes to lead a truly counter-cultural diverse and inclusive church that proclaims God's loves for everyone, no matter their ideology or identity.

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It is time to own the shadow part of our restructurings imposed on lay women organized for mission — whether done in the name of separation or unity — and the hidden trauma these have left on them. Image courtesy of the Connectional Table.
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Emerging Methodism

Structural journeys and the shadows they cast on lay women

It is time to own the shadow part of our restructurings imposed on lay women organized for mission — whether done in the name of separation or unity — and the hidden trauma these have left on them.

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Resources for discussion

"Reflections on Leadership," is a five-part series of articles  on Emerging Methodism by Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and Eric Martin. Photo by Roman Odintsov, Pexels.com.

A Five-part Series

Reflections on Leadership

In this series, Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and Eric Martin examine what adaptive and leadership looks like that fits this moment of transition and resurrection in the life of the church.

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Leadership Reflections Series