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Good News Caucus: Situation on Gay Unions 'Untenable'

The conservative Good News caucus has issued a statement saying that continued efforts by United Methodist clergy to conduct same-sex weddings where legal places the UMC in an "untenable" situation. more »

Apr 2, 2014 by in Issues

Board members of the Pacific Islanders National Caucus of the UMC participate in a small-group discussion. For the first time, the boards of the denomination's five ethnic caucuses met to share ideas and build capacity on March 26-27 in St. Louis.

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What Can Ethnic Caucuses Teach the UMC?

A historic gathering of organizations representing United Methodists of color offers ideas for how to shape the denomination's future. more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in Issues

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

To Avoid Schism, Let the #UMC Play

The Rev. Jeremy Smith suggests allowing United Methodist regional units to play with the denomination's regulations until they come up with a workable model to avoid schism. more »

Apr 4, 2014 by in Jeremy Smith (4 Comments)

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Doing and Discipling

Cleaning out old files reminds the Rev. Dan R. Dick that there's a big difference between "doing" the tasks of church, which can be measured, and actually creating disciples of Jesus Christ. more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in Dan R. Dick (1 Comments)

Members of a group that supports full inclusion for gays and lesbians in The United Methodist Church stand together to help shield other members from protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church outside the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center, site of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference. The Westboro Baptist Church is known for its extreme stance against homosexuality and for picketing the funerals of military service members.

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Why I Left Evangelicalism: 'The Next Thing to Hate'

Evangelicals' condemnation of gays and lesbians violates everything good about the Gospel and about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in Christy Thomas (1 Comments)

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  • Prayer Fruits

    Praying for My Church

    Exhausted by The United Methodist Church's constant conflict over human sexuality, the Rev. David F. Watson prays for God to solve the intractable human problem.

  • Luke Skywalker

    A New Hope

    Just like Luke Skywalker of "Star Wars," brave and gifted young clergy are giving new hope of a more compassionate, more inclusive, more Christ-like future for The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle

  • Gardening Child

    'Evangelism' Doesn't Have to Be a Bad Word

    Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ -- which is all evangelism really is -- can be as simple as living our livings mindfully according to Jesus' teachings, writes the Rev. Josh Fitzpatrick.

  • Eastern Redbud

    Judas Trees and Jesus

    Judas trees, AKA Eastern Redbuds, bloom as a poignant reminder that Lent is a time to turn enemies into friends, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon.

  • Hosea and Gomer

    Where Is the Loyal Opposition in the UMC?

    The United Methodist Church needs a "loyal opposition" that loves the denomination passionately enough to want to reform its faults and failures, writes the Rev. Drew McIntyre.

  • Impoverished America

    Why is that our collective experience of poverty doesn't make us as more empathetic? asks the Rev. Laura Felleman.

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