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Lake Houston UMC

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Oct 4, 2017 5:46 PM Global Nature

Wesleyan/UMC

UM & Global Illustration

This is the second installment in an occasional series of articles from UM & Global comparing the different ways in which Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church structure themselves as global bodies. more

May 23, 2017 1:41 PM Global Nature

Climate Buttons

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

UM & Global provides a round-up of recent United Methodist resources on caring for God's creation. more

Apr 26, 2017 6:01 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change 1 Comments

Yambasu

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Movement toward financial independence among West African annual conferences shows both preparation for a possible United Methodist split and for greater control of their future ministry, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Apr 12, 2017 1:58 PM Global Nature

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, Disasters & Climate Change

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, Disasters & Climate Change 1 Comments

Global Mission

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

In the fifth of his series on unity in The United Methodist Church, Dr. David W. Scott examines the role of mission in keeping the global denomination connected. more

Oct 14, 2017 12:18 PM Global Nature

Lake Houston UMC

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Oct 4, 2017 5:46 PM Global Nature

2016 Book of Discipline

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Can the way we organize ourselves as United Methodists help provide the unity we're seeking? asks David W. Scott. more

Sep 27, 2017 10:27 AM Global Nature 1 Comments

Global Mission

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

United Methodism's 200 years of mission will be celebrated at a bicentennial conference in 2019. more

Sep 26, 2017 4:35 PM Global Nature

Methodist DNA

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History can be an unstable basis for denominational unity, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Shared history can create pride in identity or it can emphasize the differences between supposed group-mates. more

Sep 20, 2017 5:20 PM Global Nature

Tanganyika Delegates

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

With the Commission on A Way Forward looking at "loosening" the United Methodist connectional structure, Dr. David W. Scott examines the identity of the Central Conferences around the world. more

Sep 5, 2017 4:44 PM Global Nature

U.S. Jurisdictions

UMCom Photo

As the Commission on a Way Forward talks about "loosening" the United Methodist connectional system, Dr. David W. Scott looks at the identities of each Central Conference around the world. more

Sep 5, 2017 4:22 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

Africa Gone Wrong

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In a follow-up to his Nordic-inspired post on giving, Dr. David W. Scott suggests some humorous videos from Norway can puncture Westerners' preconceptions about Africa. more

Aug 1, 2017 3:17 PM Global Nature

Nordic Theory Cover

UM & Global Photo

Inspired by a recent book, Dr. David W. Scott imagines how United Methodist mission giving might reduce dependency if it were reshaped along the lines of the "Nordic theory of love." more

Jul 26, 2017 7:44 AM Global Nature

Philippine Coastal Cleanup

Photo courtesy of Glacy Macabale

The four-year plan composed by United Methodists in the Philippines gives U.S. church members an opportunity to see the struggles and triumphs faced by the denomination worldwide, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Jul 19, 2017 11:41 AM Global Nature

Nazarene/UMC

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The Church of the Nazarene, a Wesleyan denomination, has some lessons about being a truly global Christian community that could benefit United Methodists, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Jul 14, 2017 2:27 PM Global Nature

Wesleyan/UMC

UM & Global Illustration

This is the second installment in an occasional series of articles from UM & Global comparing the different ways in which Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church structure themselves as global bodies. more

May 23, 2017 1:41 PM Global Nature

Climate Buttons

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

UM & Global provides a round-up of recent United Methodist resources on caring for God's creation. more

Apr 26, 2017 6:01 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change 1 Comments

Yambasu

UMC.org Photo

Movement toward financial independence among West African annual conferences shows both preparation for a possible United Methodist split and for greater control of their future ministry, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Apr 12, 2017 1:58 PM Global Nature

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