In an address before the General Conference earlier today, Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops (CoB) called for unity and stated the CoB was not afraid of those espousing radical new ideas and that though they are open to new structures they would not be leading a division of the church.
You can watch his address in the video below (go here if you have trouble making it work)
More at Religion News Service from various voices.
… the leaders of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition UMC shared with the team that the Council of Bishops are working on a plan that is expected to come before General Conference delegates. They are proposing a 2018 special session to discuss a means of separation and no processing of LGBTQ related complaints or punishments between now and then. RMN and the rest of the coalition are neither in agreement or disagreement with the proposal at this point. We are looking to the Bishops to lead and carrying on with our plans together in the meantime. #ItsTime