Duke Ellington

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Jazz has provided sacred expressions throughout the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell's ministry, including new expressions of the resurrection he believes is needed for The United Methodist Church. more »

Apr 21, 2016 6:22 PM 2016 General Conference

Numbers never speak for themselves, and it's scripturally dangerous to rely solely on numbers when interpreting the state of the worldwide United Methodist Church, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more »

Apr 21, 2016 6:04 PM Global Nature

Social Justice

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Adapting United Methodism's Social Principles for a global understanding poses a tremendous challenge, but also presents a unique opportunity for creating a genuine worldwide forum on Christian ethics, writes Darryl W. Stephens. more »

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM 2016 General Conference

Rule 44 Mini

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the proposed alternative discernment process called Rule 44 and finds it worthy for use by delegates to the 2016 General Conference. more »

Apr 16, 2016 10:41 AM 2016 General Conference

African Bishops

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Dr. David W. Scott examines two pieces of GC2016 legislation that propose to alter the authority and terms of United Methodist bishops. more »

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM 2016 General Conference

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What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones who did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world…We do not have a belief, in my way of looking at religion, that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teachings of Jesus, I don’t think they fit. - See more at: http://davidgushee.religionnews.com/2016/03/07/nathan-deal-ga-discrimination-lgbt/?email=one.scribe56%40gmail.com#sthash.npCFOd14.dpuf

"Where legalism dominated, many, many, Christians want a religion of grace, mercy, and freedom. ... If raised in legalism, anti-legalism looks really, really good. If raised in anti-legalism, sometimes a little bit of clarity and structure looks really, really good. And so it goes, in the legalism spiral that constantly churns in the world’s great religions."

– Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing for Religion News Service

“I think as Christians, we’re called to higher standards than Robert’s Rules of Order. Christ calls the church to be witnesses and models of love and grace and Christ-like relationships.”

– The Rev. Andy Bryan, pastor of Campbell United Methodist Church in Campbell, MO, commenting in a United Methodist News Service article on the proposed alternative discernment process for the 2016 General Conference


The United Methodist Church officially opposes the death penalty: "We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings." (The Social Principles, Book of Discipline).

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