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Darryl W. Stephens

LGBT Protest

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While agreeing with much of his colleague's recent post, the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens finds there are additional matters that form, as Philip Wingeier-Rayo phrased it, "the roots of our divide." Read more

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Phil Wogaman Surrenders

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Historically, Methodists have both used and foregone legislative power to address moral issues, something that could shed light on what to do in today's crisis-strewn world, writes the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens. Read more

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Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

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Methodism has a history of addressing "unlawful marriages" among clergy through the church's legal process, as it will in April considering the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, writes Dr. Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Future Prospects Part 3

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In Part 3 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens looks at efforts to change the American-centered Social Principles into a truly global faith statement Read more

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Future Prospects Part 2

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In Part 2 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens analyzes the daunting task of creating a truly global denomination without a clear plan of union. Read more

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Desert Church

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Inspired by Darryl Stephens' current series "Future Prospects," David W. Scott looks at the missional aspect of closing declining U.S. congregations. Read more

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May 19 Plenary

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Dr. Darryl W. Stephens finds that there's a whole lot more to becoming a global United Methodist Church than disputes on human sexuality. Read more

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Desert Church

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Plan UMC Revised fails to take into account the real problems facing The United Methodist Church, writes Dr. Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

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An adapted transcript of questions and answers for UM Insight's podcast interview with Dr. Darryl W. Stephens, studying the Social Principles and their global influence. Read more

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Social Justice

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Adapting United Methodism's Social Principles for a global understanding poses a tremendous challenge, but also presents a unique opportunity for creating a genuine worldwide forum on Christian ethics, writes Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

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Delegates

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United Methodist scholar Darryl W. Stephens examines finds significant disparities from the world's regions in those who get to speak to legislation and issues at General Conference. Read more

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Liberia Divorce

2015 file photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

The Liberia Annual Conference's ban on divorced pastors becoming candidates for bishop challenges the global nature of The United Methodist Church, writes Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

Global Nature

The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens provides a summary of what's coming at the special 2019 General Conference in February in St. Louis, Mo. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

The Rev. Dr. Darryl W. Stephens says it should require more than a simple majority to enact one of the Way Forward models. Read more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens offers his vision of hope for The United Methodist Church in the second installment of a new series on unity from UM & Global. Read more

A Way Forward

LGBT Protest

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

While agreeing with much of his colleague's recent post, the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens finds there are additional matters that form, as Philip Wingeier-Rayo phrased it, "the roots of our divide." Read more

Perspectives 5 Comments

Phil Wogaman Surrenders

Baltimore-Washington Conference Photo

Historically, Methodists have both used and foregone legislative power to address moral issues, something that could shed light on what to do in today's crisis-strewn world, writes the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

United Methodist News Service Photo

Methodism has a history of addressing "unlawful marriages" among clergy through the church's legal process, as it will in April considering the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, writes Dr. Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

Ordained Ministry

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. Read more

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Future Prospects Part 3

Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

In Part 3 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens looks at efforts to change the American-centered Social Principles into a truly global faith statement Read more

GC Archive

Future Prospects Part 2

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

In Part 2 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens analyzes the daunting task of creating a truly global denomination without a clear plan of union. Read more

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Future Prospects Part 1

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In Part 1 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens explores a little-known but widely backed theological statement on accepting differences. Read more

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May 19 Plenary

Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

Dr. Darryl W. Stephens finds that there's a whole lot more to becoming a global United Methodist Church than disputes on human sexuality. Read more

GC Archive 10 Comments

Desert Church

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

Plan UMC Revised fails to take into account the real problems facing The United Methodist Church, writes Dr. Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

GC Archive

Social Justice

Graphic from Church of the Beloved Disciple, Erie, PA

Adapting United Methodism's Social Principles for a global understanding poses a tremendous challenge, but also presents a unique opportunity for creating a genuine worldwide forum on Christian ethics, writes Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

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Cheyenne Chiefs

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United Methodist ethicist Darryl W. Stephens explains why the findings of a special report on the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre coming to the 2016 General Conference matter to today's church as it ponders a global identity. Read more

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Delegates

United Methodist News Service Photo by John C. Goodwin

United Methodist scholar Darryl W. Stephens examines finds significant disparities from the world's regions in those who get to speak to legislation and issues at General Conference. Read more

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Liberia Divorce

2015 file photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

The Liberia Annual Conference's ban on divorced pastors becoming candidates for bishop challenges the global nature of The United Methodist Church, writes Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

Global Nature

Cote d'Ivoire Delegation

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United Methodism's struggle to achieve a "worldwide nature" has parallels to the Anglican Communion, as well as roots in a recent merger with Cote d'Ivoire, writes scholar Darryl W. Stephens. Read more

Global Nature