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Alabama Supreme Court upholds dismissal of UMC disaffiliation lawsuit brought by 48 Methodist churches

The Alabama Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by 48 Methodist Churches across Alabama against the United Methodist Church on Friday.

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A year of schism: A timeline of the United Methodist Church in Alabama in 2023

Since November 2022, over 500 congregations have disaffiliated from the two United Methodist Church conferences in Alabama — the Alabama-West Flordia Conference and the North Alabama Conference — as traditional churches pursued disaffiliation. 

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Former United Methodist members form new churches as disaffiliation rule nears expiration

An official rule permitting congregations to part ways with the United Methodist Church (UMC) while retaining church property is about to expire, but that does not mean the effects of this major split are over.

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United Methodist pastor in Alabama-West Florida Conference: Disaffiliation rule change ‘really just unfair’ to churches that trusted bishop, conference leadership

Rev. John Blount of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Panama City, Fla., called into question the integrity of the United Methodist Church’s Alabama West Florida Conference leadership at this week’s annual conference.

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UMC Alabama-West Florida Conference ends as leadership defends new disaffiliation rule, delegates ask questions

In the final business session of the United Methodist Church’s Alabama-West Florida Conference’s (AWFC) annual conference on Wednesday, an AWFC trustee addressed a new policy that makes it harder for churches to disaffiliate from the denomination, sparking questions from the delegates in attendance.

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United Methodist Church Alabama-West Florida approves rule clarification preventing 275 disaffiliated clergies from receiving post-retirement medical benefits

MOBILE - The United Methodist Church’s (UMC) Alabama-West Florida Conference (AWFC) elected to approve a rule clarification by its Board of Trustees which would prevent over 200 disaffiliating clergy from receiving retirement benefits. 

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Leaked email shows newly elected UMC General Conference delegate touting new Alabama-West Florida Conference rule change - ‘The days of mass and easy disaffiliation’ are over

A leaked email shows a newly elected delegate to the United Methodist Church’s General Conference congratulating other UMC clergy within the Alabama-West Florida Conference for moving forward with a rule that makes it more difficult for traditional churches to disaffiliate from the denomination while retaining church property.

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‘I’m kind of over it’ — Bishop David Graves delivers opening remarks at UMC Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference as churches continue to weigh disaffiliation

Bishop David Graves of the United Methodist Church’s Alabama-West Florida Conference delivered the opening remarks at the annual conference on Sunday as churches in the state's southern half continue to weigh disaffiliation from the denomination.

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Discernment team at Mountain Brook’s Canterbury United Methodist recommends church remain in denomination

A discernment team for Mountain Brook’s Canterbury United Methodist Church recommended the over-4,000-member congregation remain in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in spite of over 500 traditional Methodist churches in Alabama choosing to leave the denomination so far. 

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United Methodist Church Alabama-West Florida Conference changes terms on churches voting to break away; Traditional Methodists call it a 'nail in the coffin'

Trustees for the Alabama-West Florida Conference (AWFC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) released an updated disaffiliation eligibility policy on Tuesday, which conservative Methodist leaders are calling a “nail in the coffin” for conservative churches in the conference who are seeking to leave the denomination while retaining church property.

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First United Methodist Church-Montgomery considering leaving UMC denomination

Members of the administrative board of First United Methodist Church - Montgomery voted on Wednesday night to begin the discernment process to consider whether or not to leave the United Methodist Church (UMC) denomination.

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More Alabama churches leave United Methodist, bringing total to around 500 since December

Nearly 150 Methodist congregations in North Alabama chose to disaffiliate with the United Methodist Church on Thursday, just four days after almost 200 churches in the Southern half of the state left the denomination on Monday. 

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Nearly 200 south Alabama churches leave United Methodist Church

Nearly 200 churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference disaffiliated from the United Methodist Church on Sunday, becoming the next wave of churches in Alabama to leave to distinguish themselves from progressives.

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Nearly 200 north Alabama churches leave United Methodist Church over disputes between traditional Christians, progressives

Nearly 200 Alabama churches officially seceded from the United Methodist Church (UMC) last weekend following years of conflict over social and theological issues.