For the #UMC, There's No Way Out But Through

In a guest post from Hacking Christianity, Dr. Dorothee Benz explains why a proposed alternative process for considering the UMC's anti-LGBT stances further marginalizes about whom the legislation is written. more »

May 21, 2015 6:06 PM Human Sexuality

Toward a United Methodist Representative Church Council

Thomas Kemper, top executive of the General Board of Global Ministries, analyzes the Connectional Table and recommends a sweeping overhaul to make the agency more inclusive of lay and clergy from around the world. more »

May 21, 2015 6:02 PM UMC Global Nature

Mission and the Instability of Church Structure

A request from the church's global missions board for General Conference to create a provisional regional body in Asia points out how mission destabilizes institutional structure, writes David W. Scott. more »

May 21, 2015 6:07 PM UMC Global Nature

Notable Quotes

"Where the [Pew Research Center] data shows five million fewer Protestants, three million fewer Catholics, and nineteen million more “nones” who do not identity with any religion, I see Sarah the bartender who isn’t allowed to love Jesus because she loves women, Sam who adores the new Pope but hates the things the church has done in the name of Jesus, and David the minister who just can’t believe in hell."
– Reba Riley, writing in Time magazine.

I just think it's important for them to know what it does to someone who is a Christian and who is Methodist when something like this happens. It does hurt your ability to have faith for awhile."
-- Kelly Bardier, who along with her partner Jaci Pfeiffer were dismissed from an Orlando-area United Methodist daycare center because of their relationship, after reaching a settlement with the Florida Conference that will require church and daycare center employees to meet with pro-LGBT church groups.

“To [Millennials], ‘religion’ means ‘Republican,’ ‘intolerant,’ and ‘homophobic,'” wrote Putnam and Campbell in Foreign Affairs. “Since those traits do not represent their views, they do not see themselves—or wish to be seen by their peers—as religious.” - See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/05/13/evangelicals-claims-of-conservative-supremacy-are-overstated-and-misread-americas-religious-landscape/#sthash.P7az5pTO.dpuf

"Both Jesus and Francis did not let the old get in the way of the new, but like all religious geniuses, revealed what the old was saying all along. I find much wisdom in what the contemporary faith seeker Christian Wiman writes: 'Faith itself sometimes needs to be stripped of its social and historical encrustations and returned to its first, churchless incarnation in the human heart.' "
– Noted spiritual guide and author Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, in his May 21 daily meditation.

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