With the help of other clergy, the Rev. Jeremy Smith further analyzes the circumstances leading up to the departure of Wesley Church from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and keep their property. more »
United Methodist congregations can have gay men as leaders of the local Scout troops if they wish, but no church will be forced to allow gay volunteers, says the General Commission on United Methodist Men. more »
Jul 31, 2015 8:55 AM Local Church
The Rev. Jeremy Smith sees instructive connections between the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow gay men as Scout leaders and The United Methodist Church's conundrum over the acceptance of homosexual people. more »
Jul 31, 2015 8:55 AM Jeremy Smith
When his exterminator showed up armed with a gun, the Rev. Billy Cox was moved to contemplate the effect of "concealed carry" legislation around the country. more »
Jul 31, 2015 8:55 AM Perspectives
The latest Pew Research Center findings show The United Methodist Church as one of the whitest denominations in America, and that's a big problem for its global nature, writes David W. Scott. more »
Jul 31, 2015 10:13 AM UMC Global Nature
"Some religious people even insinuated that it was a punishment from God. Others too said different things about the virus till it claimed the lives of thousands of Sierra Leoneans."
– United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu, in a recent speech when he also said that Sierra Leone will never be fully free until it is free from Ebola virus.
"All of us learn more from mercy than from judgment."
-- Episcopal priest Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, a redemptive community for women, and author of a new book, Letters From The Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life
"It seems the world is beginning to realize that all the hugging and the talk of the poor and vulnerable and the economy is not a papal PR campaign but an authentic call to live a Gospel that might just require the rest of us to (gasp!) change our lives. And that’s making many people uncomfortable."
"Our culture is so sick. We arm people to the teeth, they destroy lives with hideous disregard, and then political leaders say, 'All we can do now is pray.' That's a cowardly lie."
-- Church historian and author Diana Butler Bass, shared on Facebook