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#RoomforAll Becomes Motto for 'One Church' Campaign



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A Methodist Tale

I was on the administrative board and chair of pastor-parish relations at my UMC parish. While talking with a new member I asked her why she was drawn to the UMC. She replied "I really like the open doors, open hearts, open minds slogan, I can believe whatever I want to and it's OK." Draw your own conclusions about this, but I would bet it's far from an isolated instance.

Daniel 26 days ago

Response to Bishop Palmer

Bishop Palmer claims that questions of human sexuality and gender identity aren't a church dividing issue. Is he really that blind to what is going on in the church or is it just spin. Does he think traditionalists in the UMC are just bluffing about leaving? Every denomination that has gone this route has lost massive numbers of members, far in excess of UMC membership losses, due to the exit of huge numbers of traditionalists. The same will happen if this plan passes. No we will not abandon our convictions and join the broad middle or the far left "Uniting Methodists" who masquerades as centrists. There is no center, either you accept the scriptures as written or you don't. End of story. I actually agree with the progressives who say it is a bad plan. It will only create more division and anger, along with massive amounts of money spent on lawsuits. This plan has cost the Episcopal church 50 million dollars trying to enforce their trust clause. How many homeless people could they have housed and fed with that money? How many villages in the third world could now have clean wells with that money? Both sides need to wake up, come up with a fair plan of separation, and go their separate ways doing what they perceive as the Lord's work. As to who is right and who is wrong, let God decide.

Scott 26 days ago

Another group not happy w One Church

Those of us working and praying for a Wesleyan revival within the UMC. One Church will officially make the church one that does not believe anything in particular, operating off of what the next person thinks about who and what the church should be.

betsy 32 days ago

Notable Quotes   

    "We Christians have serious repair work to do. We need, first, to hold ourselves to higher levels of accountability than that required by the law. 

    "Second, we must corporately and personally embody repentance, humility and prayerful commitment to victims as we come to terms with the damage done by the Church. 

    The Rev. L. Gregory Jones serves as dean of United Methodist-related Duke Divinity School. (Duke Divinity Photo)"Third, we must begin to work to rebuild trust. This will take a long time, as one of the great tragedies of any betrayal or breach is how much longer it takes to rebuild trust, if it is possible at all, than to destroy it. This will require courage, truthfulness and a willingness to change.

    "Fourth, those of us entrusted with educating and forming clergy need to change. We need to pay greater attention to issues of sexual abuse and institutional accountability in our coursework and scholarship; focus more on the character expected of those entrusted with clergy leadership; and identify how to minimize the risks of damage by complex organizations, its leaders and their exercise of power."

– The Rev. L. Gregory Jones, dean of United Methodist-related Duke Divinity School, in an op-ed "Rebuilding Trust in the Clergy," published in the News&Observer.com


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