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IRD Agrees not to Use Church Mailing List Info

The Institute for Religion & Democracy reaches an out-of-court settlement with the North Texas Annual Conference over a mailing list it purchased from the now-defunct UMR Communications. more »

Jul 19, 2014 Issues

An icon depicts the first Council of Nicea, considered the first ecumenical Christian conference on the doctrine of the faith.

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Laity and Voting in the #UMC General Conference. Stop It.

In a provocative argument, scholar Joel L. Watts contends that forming United Methodist doctrine is a task best left to the denomination's bishops and ordained clergy, without votes by laypeople. more »

Jul 11, 2014 Perspectives (2 Comments)

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Laity and Doctrinal Practice: A Response to Joel Watts

In response to scholar Joel L. Watts, seminary-educated lay church worker Philip Brooks says that laypeople have both the capacity and the calling to help The United Methodist Church determine its doctrine. more »

Jul 11, 2014 Perspectives

St. Polycarp resisted martyrdom.

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Heroism, Martyrdom and Suicide: Thoughts on Self-Immolation

The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre refutes recent assertions that the Rev. Charles R. Moore's tragic death by self-immolation should be considered either heroism or martyrdom. more »

Jul 17, 2014 Perspectives

The Rev. Charles Moore

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World on Fire

Two leaders of United Methodist social justice ministries, the Rev. Sid Hall and the Rev. Gilbert Caldwell, offer their reflections on the death by self-immolation of their colleague, the Rev. Charles Moore. more »

Jul 17, 2014 , Perspectives (1 Comments)

St. John of the Cross, a Spanish mystic shown in this painting by Zurbaran, wrote of the soul's struggle toward union with God in "The Dark Night of the Soul," a similar sense of spiritual desolation that the Rev. Charles Moore seemed to indicate in notes written prior to his death.

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A Soul's Dark Night

The Rev. Charles Moore's tragic death by self-immolation makes us stop and consider a confounding principle of Christian faith: sacrificing one's life for a seemingly higher purpose, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more »

Jul 17, 2014 Views from a Ridge (1 Comments)

  • Antagonisn't

    As the schism debate rolls on, the Rev. Dan R. Dick takes stock of his own perception of attitudes regarding the prospect of dividing The United Methodist Church. more »

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    Lost

    Seminarian Gabe Horton comes up against one of faith's elemental truths: he's lost, and he can't find his way on his own. more »

  • The First Thing They Talked About at Conference

    The Rev. John Meunier questions whether United Methodists have forgotten or discarded one of the most basic questions of Christian faith. more »

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    Justice Is Not a Sprint. Or a Marathon

    Though often compared to sprints and marathons, the movement toward a more just society is more accurately a relay race of handing down values to succeeding generations, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more »

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    Living on Mission

    With the current emphasis on a "missional" approach to church life, the Rev. Irvin J. Boudreaux shares his ideas on a spiritual approach to "missional' life. more »

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    Who Is at Fault for #UMC Trials

    The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre contends that those who defy United Methodist law should be prepared to face the consequences, as should those who commit to civil disobedience. more »

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    How to Defend the UMC Against Heretical Teachings

    John Wesley had a method for defending against heretical teachings, writes the Rev. Laura Felleman, and it's still good to use today. more »

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