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Puzzle Solved

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global laments the dearth of global perspectives at the recent scholars' conference on church unity and human sexuality, because the missing views could offer a path out of the current U.S.-polarized stances. more

Mar 17, 2017 10:23 AM A Way Forward

Ethnic Caucuses Meet

Photo by Bull Fulton, WAFB Photo, via UMNS

The UMC has experienced significant overall membership declines over the past two decades, but these have come entirely from the net loss of white members, while United Methodist membership among people of color has grown significantly. more

Mar 13, 2017 2:04 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Immigration Rally

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Dr. David W. Scott, curator for the UM & Global collaborative blog, gathers a list of United Methodist responses to the United States immigration ban more

Feb 8, 2017 12:33 PM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Chicken Talking to Duck

Cartoon Courtesy of Shanghai Expatizen

If mission is, at least in part, about crossing cultural boundaries, then this raises an important question: What counts as a cultural boundary? asks Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

Feb 3, 2017 10:55 AM Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott speculates on what will be the top issues for The United Methodist Church in the coming year. more

Jan 9, 2017 3:34 PM Global Nature

Earthkeepers

Global Ministries Photo by Mary Andreolli

Dr. David W. Scott explains the significance of the recently commissioned class of Earthkeepers related to United Methodist Global Ministries. more

Jan 4, 2017 4:09 PM Global Nature

Poverty

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Dr. David W. Scott, curator of UM & Global, continues his examination of the confusion about the United Methodist mission statement, focusing on church programming versus genuine spiritual transformation. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:27 PM Global Nature

Megachurch

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The United Methodist mission statement of "making disciples" often gets misinterpreted by Americans to mean solely increasing church members rather than helping people develop strong spiritual lives, writes David W. Scott. more

Dec 5, 2016 5:32 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

African Delegation

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines the reasons why he thinks African United Methodists will have political control of the proposed special General Conference to vote on whatever comes from the Commission on a Way Forward. more

Oct 14, 2016 9:18 AM Global Nature

Malaysia Beach

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Dr. David W. Scott examines how the Methodist movement expanded in places such as Southeast Asia through cooperation among different Wesleyan churches. more

Oct 4, 2016 1:19 PM Global Nature

David W. Scott finds that American United Methodists have lost their historic gift of making space in their ranks for many different racial and ethnic constituents – a loss that puts the UMC at odds with the country's changing nature. more

Sep 2, 2016 1:18 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Season of Creation

Season of Creation Photo

Christians of many traditions will join in a worldwide observance Sept. 1 - Oct. 4 to highlight God's creation of the world and the imperative for humans to take better care of it, writes David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

Aug 31, 2016 3:11 PM Global Health

Building off recent posts by Dr. Robert Hunt, David W. Scott explores how changes in American society and economy are affecting The United Methodist Church. more

Aug 26, 2016 11:37 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Dr. David W. Scott of the collaborative blog UM & Global reminds us that the special commission on the Council of Bishops' "A Way Forward" proposal will consider more than the debate over human sexuality. more

Aug 4, 2016 4:06 PM Global Nature

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

Dr. David W. Scott offers a reading list on how The United Methodist Church plans to continue its mission to improve health for people, especially children, worldwide. more

Jun 16, 2016 2:35 PM Global Health 1 Comments

Emma Cantor

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Dr. David W. Scott gathers information on the General Conference decisions that affect the global nature of The United Methodist Church. more

Jun 1, 2016 5:07 PM 2016 General Conference

Wandabula JC

A UMNS file photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt

Incidents involving United Methodist Bishop Daniel Wandabula of East Africa offer an international example of how complex and delicate the move for greater accountability for bishops can be, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

May 5, 2016 12:47 PM Global Nature

2014 Membership Data

Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

Dr. David W. Scott takes a fresh look at the implications of continued membership decline of United Methodists in the United States. more

Apr 25, 2016 5:01 PM Global Nature

Church Restructuring

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose.

David W. Scott of UM & Global highlights recent reports on women's representation in the church's decision-making bodies. more

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM 2016 General Conference

Puzzle Solved

GraphicStock Illustration

Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global laments the dearth of global perspectives at the recent scholars' conference on church unity and human sexuality, because the missing views could offer a path out of the current U.S.-polarized stances. more

Mar 17, 2017 10:23 AM A Way Forward

Ethnic Caucuses Meet

Photo by Bull Fulton, WAFB Photo, via UMNS

The UMC has experienced significant overall membership declines over the past two decades, but these have come entirely from the net loss of white members, while United Methodist membership among people of color has grown significantly. more

Mar 13, 2017 2:04 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Immigration Rally

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Dr. David W. Scott, curator for the UM & Global collaborative blog, gathers a list of United Methodist responses to the United States immigration ban more

Feb 8, 2017 12:33 PM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Chicken Talking to Duck

Cartoon Courtesy of Shanghai Expatizen

If mission is, at least in part, about crossing cultural boundaries, then this raises an important question: What counts as a cultural boundary? asks Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

Feb 3, 2017 10:55 AM Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott speculates on what will be the top issues for The United Methodist Church in the coming year. more

Jan 9, 2017 3:34 PM Global Nature

Earthkeepers

Global Ministries Photo by Mary Andreolli

Dr. David W. Scott explains the significance of the recently commissioned class of Earthkeepers related to United Methodist Global Ministries. more

Jan 4, 2017 4:09 PM Global Nature

Poverty

(c) 123 RF Stock Photo via The God Article

Dr. David W. Scott, curator of UM & Global, continues his examination of the confusion about the United Methodist mission statement, focusing on church programming versus genuine spiritual transformation. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:27 PM Global Nature

Megachurch

Photo Courtesy of Calvary Chapel

The United Methodist mission statement of "making disciples" often gets misinterpreted by Americans to mean solely increasing church members rather than helping people develop strong spiritual lives, writes David W. Scott. more

Dec 5, 2016 5:32 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

African Delegation

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

Dr. David W. Scott outlines the reasons why he thinks African United Methodists will have political control of the proposed special General Conference to vote on whatever comes from the Commission on a Way Forward. more

Oct 14, 2016 9:18 AM Global Nature

Malaysia Beach

Photo Courtesy of Global Ministries

Dr. David W. Scott examines how the Methodist movement expanded in places such as Southeast Asia through cooperation among different Wesleyan churches. more

Oct 4, 2016 1:19 PM Global Nature

David W. Scott finds that American United Methodists have lost their historic gift of making space in their ranks for many different racial and ethnic constituents – a loss that puts the UMC at odds with the country's changing nature. more

Sep 2, 2016 1:18 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Season of Creation

Season of Creation Photo

Christians of many traditions will join in a worldwide observance Sept. 1 - Oct. 4 to highlight God's creation of the world and the imperative for humans to take better care of it, writes David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

Aug 31, 2016 3:11 PM Global Health

Building off recent posts by Dr. Robert Hunt, David W. Scott explores how changes in American society and economy are affecting The United Methodist Church. more

Aug 26, 2016 11:37 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Dr. David W. Scott of the collaborative blog UM & Global reminds us that the special commission on the Council of Bishops' "A Way Forward" proposal will consider more than the debate over human sexuality. more

Aug 4, 2016 4:06 PM Global Nature

Desert Church

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

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

Dr. David W. Scott offers a reading list on how The United Methodist Church plans to continue its mission to improve health for people, especially children, worldwide. more

Jun 16, 2016 2:35 PM Global Health 1 Comments

Emma Cantor

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Dr. David W. Scott gathers information on the General Conference decisions that affect the global nature of The United Methodist Church. more

Jun 1, 2016 5:07 PM 2016 General Conference

Wandabula JC

A UMNS file photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt

Incidents involving United Methodist Bishop Daniel Wandabula of East Africa offer an international example of how complex and delicate the move for greater accountability for bishops can be, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

May 5, 2016 12:47 PM Global Nature

2014 Membership Data

Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

Dr. David W. Scott takes a fresh look at the implications of continued membership decline of United Methodists in the United States. more

Apr 25, 2016 5:01 PM Global Nature

Church Restructuring

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose.

David W. Scott of UM & Global highlights recent reports on women's representation in the church's decision-making bodies. more

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM 2016 General Conference