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2012 Round Tables

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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

It is unhealthy to have more co-religionist friends online than in your own parish. I have seen this happen to some converts who first encountered Orthodoxy online—an increasingly common phenomenon—and therefore naturally built their new identities around people and ideas from the Internet. The parish, characterized by creative chaos, is by definition a place to practice humility, patience, and brotherly love, and to be challenged by how others live the Christian life, not to have one’s biases reinforced." -- Ivan Pils, an Orthodox layperson, in a article for First Things, quoted by the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre.