The New England Annual Conference is actively seeking a new location for its yearly sessions after the president of its longtime site, Gordon College, requested a religious exemption from President Obama's order barring LGBT workplace discrimination. more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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