In Part 1 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens explores a little-known but widely backed theological statement on accepting differences. more »
The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines how the recent wave of "non-conformity" statements adopted by annual conferences can provide creative energy for the revival of The United Methodist Church. more »
Seeking an antidote for what he calls "toxic Christianity," the Rev. Morgan Guyton proposes that getting a sense of being God's beloved -- which is something LGBTQI people learn when they accept themselves -- offers a key to faith. more »
The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning excessive abortion restrictions in Texas prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas to examine the Church's outmoded doctrines on human sexuality and birth control. more »
Rather than try to avoid it or cut loose, the Council of Bishops' "A Way Forward" offers an opportunity to use a thorny subject as a way to build connection, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more »
Christianity has always been about salvation, but what we need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we’ve received through bad theology, corrupted by our worldly ideologies of empire, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more »
Christians must be careful about whose values they're promoting when they get involved in public politics, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more »
The Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj reflects on the multifaceted nature of General Conference and what that means to an increasingly global denomination. more »
The General Board of Global Ministries, anticipating moving its headquarters from New York City to Atlanta, outlines how the agency is defining its work in new contexts. more »
People may still seek answers to questions of ultimate meaning, but they're aren't seeking those answers in church, according to a new LifeWay survey. more »
The West Virginia Annual Conference has posted an announcement about ways to help with disaster relief after catastrophic floods in the state. more »
Reconciling Ministries Network executive Matt Berryman notes that three openly gay clergy have been endorsed as candidates for bishops and urges delegates to vote for them. more »
The Rev. Duane Anders of Boise, Idaho, wears an orange stole in an effort to alert his congregation to the need for more safety from gun violence. more »
The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty examines the "mobile" nature of hatred and how religion has played into shooting tragedies such as Charleston and Orlando. more »
What if everything we've thought about Jesus and Christianity for thousands of years turns out to be wrong? asks the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. 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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