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No Room at the Table for Centrists

The Rev. Bryan Bucher of the United Methodist Centrist Movement contends that those who favor a middle-of-the-road approach to human sexuality and church organization were deliberately snubbed by the Commission on the General Conference.

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Perverting Religious Freedom: Hiding Hatred Behind Religion

His own painful experience with the misuse of "religious freedom" spurs the Rev. Dr. William E. Alberts to warn vigorously against similar legislation being proposed and adopted in various states. more »

Apr 21, 2015 1:01 PM Perspectives

Church Flipping: Who Really Bought, Broke and Wants to Sell the #UMC?

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Despite their protests to the contrary, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds that conservative forces actually dominate – and are tearing apart – The United Methodist Church.

Notable Quotes

"Where the [Pew Research Center] data shows five million fewer Protestants, three million fewer Catholics, and nineteen million more “nones” who do not identity with any religion, I see Sarah the bartender who isn’t allowed to love Jesus because she loves women, Sam who adores the new Pope but hates the things the church has done in the name of Jesus, and David the minister who just can’t believe in hell."
– Reba Riley, writing in Time magazine.


I just think it's important for them to know what it does to someone who is a Christian and who is Methodist when something like this happens. It does hurt your ability to have faith for awhile."
-- Kelly Bardier, who along with her partner Jaci Pfeiffer were dismissed from an Orlando-area United Methodist daycare center because of their relationship, after reaching a settlement with the Florida Conference that will require church and daycare center employees to meet with pro-LGBT church groups.


“To [Millennials], ‘religion’ means ‘Republican,’ ‘intolerant,’ and ‘homophobic,'” wrote Putnam and Campbell in Foreign Affairs. “Since those traits do not represent their views, they do not see themselves—or wish to be seen by their peers—as religious.” - See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/05/13/evangelicals-claims-of-conservative-supremacy-are-overstated-and-misread-americas-religious-landscape/#sthash.P7az5pTO.dpuf

"Both Jesus and Francis did not let the old get in the way of the new, but like all religious geniuses, revealed what the old was saying all along. I find much wisdom in what the contemporary faith seeker Christian Wiman writes: 'Faith itself sometimes needs to be stripped of its social and historical encrustations and returned to its first, churchless incarnation in the human heart.' "
– Noted spiritual guide and author Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, in his May 21 daily meditation.