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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. more

Jun 15, 2017 7:43 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

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. more

Mar 9, 2017 4:56 PM 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 more

Jul 14, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Jul 7, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Jul 6, 2016 9:47 AM 1 Comments

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. more

May 19, 2016 9:38 PM 2016 General Conference 10 Comments

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. more

May 6, 2016 7:04 PM 2016 General Conference

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. more

May 5, 2016 2:14 PM Perspectives

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. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Mar 28, 2016 5:00 PM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:15 PM Global Nature

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. more

Jun 15, 2017 7:43 AM 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. more

Mar 9, 2017 4:56 PM Ordained Ministry

Future Prospects Part 4

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

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

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 more

Jul 14, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Jul 7, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

Future Prospects Part 1

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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. more

Jun 29, 2016 12:44 PM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments

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. more

May 19, 2016 9:38 PM 2016 General Conference 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. more

May 6, 2016 7:04 PM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Apr 14, 2016 4:20 PM 2016 General Conference

Cheyenne Chiefs

Photos from Pages 1404-1405, Advance Daily Christian Advocate

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. more

Apr 7, 2016 5:13 PM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Mar 28, 2016 5:00 PM 2016 General Conference

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. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:15 PM Global Nature

Cote d'Ivoire Delegation

UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose

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. more

Jan 15, 2016 12:03 PM Global Nature