Just Pretend It Isn't There?

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What have we learned?

Form a committee in each church to review this book and send results in. Then go to a higher level of review. These books are made from man - not of God. They are to be kept with the times and may need updating so they work for Today's world. Do not keep people in ignorance. People are meant to learn and progress. Otherwise, what have we learned?

Sue Biederman more than 3 years ago

which decision?

Thanks for the article. I can't find anything more on the Judicial Council decision you mentioned. Could you provide a link to an article, or the decision itself, that says the Discipline cannot be used to undermine itself?

Sean more than 3 years ago

Concentric Set

I love your description of the UMC as a "concentric set of conferences." I would love to see a diagram, graphic or artistic interpretation of that idea. It might make it easier to imagine a better way to be going forward

Colleen McRoberts more than 3 years ago

Notable Quotes


Zach Hoag"These are apocalyptic times for American Christianity, in the literal sense that they are revealing times. The decline of Christian faith in the U.S. is, I believe in part, a result of this revelation. There is a deep compromise with the wealth, power and violence of the empire at work in the church in our "In another sense, though, I remain hopeful and resolute. Despite the percentage of evangelicals who voted for and support Trump, I believe we are witnessing the last angry gasps of a perspective that is coming to a necessary end as a dominant force in American society."

– Zach Hoag, author of "The Light Is Winning: Why Religion Just Might Bring Us Back to Life," interviewed by Jonathan Merritt for Religion News Service.

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