A "friend of the court" brief submitted by the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a retired elder, challenges the authority of the South Central Jurisdiction's petition to the church's high court to nullify the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. more »
The United Methodist Judicial Council has decided to postpone a ruling on the election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto until its spring docket. more »
A new interfaith center in Kaduna, Nigeria, will seek to foster peace between Christians and Muslims while documenting and working to reduce religious tensions that have killed some 20,000 people over the past three decades. more »
n today's environment, an understanding of the different religions of the world is not a luxury but a necessity, writes William "Chip" Gruen in an article for Inside Higher Ed magazine. more »
Although he doesn't usually respond to online criticism, ethicist David Gushee found it necessary this time to unpack some of the meaning and motivation around a previous column on LGBT quality (see above). more »
As a campus minister, the Rev. Morgan Guyton finds the recent hardline defense of "intellectual rigor" in academia at odds with Jesus' teachings about hospitality from the Beatitudes. more »
In a July 16 post, the Rev. Maria Dixon Hall perceived the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto as a sign that The United Methodist Church will break apart. Since then, others have responded, such as the Rev. Jeremy Smith (see below). more »
After a month of contemplation, the Rev. Jeremy Smith responds to Rev. Maria Dixon Hall's contentions that the UMC will split over the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto (see above). more »
One of our favorite platitudes in troubled times is really all about control, rather than about living in trust as Jesus teaches, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more »
News from local United Methodist congregations
Members of Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC) in Downington, Pa., have spent many weekends this summer turning a shipping container into a community center. The container will be shipped in November to a village in an area near Cape Town in South Africa. more »
The ecumenical Unity Prayer Walk quickly swelled to more than 1,000 people who prayed and sang as they traveled from the "Jesus Wept" statue at NW 5 and Harvey Avenue to First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City The walk and a Unity Prayer Service at the church were held in response to the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu's black mass in the City Space Theater at the Civic Center Music Hall. Participants said they walked to publicly acknowledge their faith and to show that God overcomes evil with His love. more »
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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