Book of Discipline

Fired by his North Carolina congregation as choir director for being gay, United Methodist Ryan Mould and his supporters contend that the Book of Discipline doesn't say his orientation bans him from church leadership. more

Dec 18, 2017 1:55 PM Local Church 2 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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The Judicial Council should have the authority to decide constitutional questions posed by any legal unit of The United Methodist Church, not just General Conference or the Council of Bishops. more

Oct 30, 2017 6:30 PM Perspectives

2016 Book of Discipline

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The "fair process" for handling complaints of misconduct against both United Methodist clergy and laity is complex and shrouded in confidentiality that obstructs common understanding. more

Jun 8, 2017 7:18 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Duke Chapel

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Removing Confederate monuments in Southern states ought to inspire The United Methodist Church to get rid of its own remnants of racism, sexism and homophobia, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

May 15, 2017 5:25 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

It's time to de-clutter The United Methodist Church from outworn attitudes about the Holy Bible, the Book of Discipline and the focus on sexual practice, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

May 8, 2017 2:49 PM Christy Thomas 4 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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A complaint from the South Central Jurisdiction about the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto encompasses several church legal issues, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Apr 20, 2017 11:49 AM Finance and Administration

2016 Book of Discipline

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Amendments to the United Methodist Church's Constitution covering gender equality, membership inclusion, delegate elections, bishop elections and bishop accountability will be voted upon this year by annual conferences. more

Feb 9, 2017 1:30 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Free BOD

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For six years, one of the Rev. Jeremy Smith's projects in The United Methodist Church has been to free our doctrine, polity, and social statements from their paywalls. Recently, the project took two steps forward … and one step back. more

Feb 8, 2017 11:15 AM Jeremy Smith

2012 Book of Discipline

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The United Methodist Church's "high court" assessed how clergy penalties are variously applied in different annual conferences. more

Oct 31, 2016 10:47 AM Finance and Administration

Future Prospects Part 4

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In Part 4 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens presents an overview of significant legislation adopted by the global assembly. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

Medieval Torture

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton analyzes the opposing perspectives of two Southeastern Jurisdiction clergyman on the tasks of a United Methodist bishop. more

Apr 30, 2016 7:02 PM Finance and Administration

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What if we viewed the Book of Discipline not as a set of laws to be enforced, but as a collection of ideas for further conversation? asks the Rev. Dr. James C. Howell. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:21 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Discipline Thumbnail

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant has an outlook on United Methodism that turns more toward Jesus than the denomination's icon, the Book of Discipline. more

Jan 28, 2016 1:53 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Social Principles

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A briefing for delegates, communicators and observers in Portland, Ore., finds top issues will include an alternative decision-making process, human sexuality and structure, budget, and global expressions of church policies. more

Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM 2016 General Conference


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The Rev. Michael Tupper expects to face a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of a former United Methodist pastor and his partner after refusing a just resolution negotiated with his bishop. more

Oct 22, 2015 10:13 AM Advocating Justice

Examining the current state of The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Christy Thomas prescribes some exercises intended to help it lose the weight of its overbearing church structure and rules. more

Sep 25, 2015 10:10 AM Christy Thomas

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The Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a United Methodist clergyman with long experience in advocating church law, examines the decisions in the case of Ginny Mikita and finds epic failure all around--and a conundrum for The United Methodist Church as a whole. more

Sep 19, 2015 8:34 PM Perspectives 8 Comments

The office of Michigan Area Bishop Deborah Lieder Kesey released a statement clarifying the actions taken by United Methodist authorities against clergy candidate and church member Ginny Mikita. more

Sep 10, 2015 6:35 AM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford, a seminary-trained United Methodist layman, examines the recent controversy in which a Michigan clergy candidate was removed from both her candidacy and her church membership for getting an online "ordination." more

Sep 9, 2015 11:14 AM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Discipline Cover

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The preamble to the United Methodist Social Principles prompts the Rev. John Meunier to ponder an age-old question: what is truth, and can we base our unity upon it? more

Jul 17, 2015 9:22 AM Perspectives 2 Comments