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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. Read more

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Climate Buttons

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Ethnic Caucuses Meet

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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. Read more

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Immigration Rally

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

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Chicken Talking to Duck

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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. Read more

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

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Earthkeepers

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Season of Creation

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. 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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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. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott reviews the petitions on United Methodist unity headed to the special called General Conference in late February. Read more

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The medieval European system of fostering children gives insight into the cultural contexts of Christian missionaries, says Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott pledges to do his part to lessen or avoid the polarization running through the United Methodist blogosphere in advance of the 2019 special called General Conference. Read more

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Two hundred years of Methodist mission work around the world will be celebrated in April by the General Board of Global Ministries. Read more

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In preparation for the 2019 General Conference on United Methodist unity, Dr. David W. Scott looks to the wisdom of evangelist E. Stanley Jones for guidance. Read more

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Providing physical space and community support for entrepreneurs offers another mission opportunity for the UMC's future, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Prodigal Homecoming

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What if the Church could be a safe place for honesty about our shortcomings and vulnerability to admit mistakes and seek reconciliation? asks Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Both the Africa College of Bishops and the Philippines College of Bishops have recently released statements in which neither endorsed any of the three Way Forward plans, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott suggests United Methodists can find a new mission by resuming a longtime focus: rejecting the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Read more

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The world of technology – not just computers, but cell phones, tablets and more – offers a new mission opportunity for The United Methodist Church, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott challenges United Methodists to think about the "null hypothesis" of the 2019 special General Conference: What if delegates adopt none of the proposed Way Forward plans? Read more

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Mental health around the world makes the third new mission area recommended by Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. Read more

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Climate March

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Advocating for the safety and security of communities affected by climate change offers a new mission area for United Methodists, says Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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In his search for 21st century mission ideas for United Methodists, Dr. David W. Scott taps into loneliness as the number-one topic. Read more

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John Wesley Profile

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Dr. David W. Scott researches the most famous John Wesley quote and finds little evidence that Methodism's founder actually said it. Read more

Perspectives

What areas of mission focus would be suggested by the world in 2018 and the kingdom that were not part of previous models of mission? Dr. David W. Scott is looking for answers. Read more

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Avengers Faceoff

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What if, in the face of these tribal conflicts, American United Methodists were to ask their African sisters and brothers not "Which tribe will you align with?" but "What can you teach us about how to handle tribal conflicts in the church?" Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott applies game theory to the prospects of the 2019 General Conference: If supporters of a particular plan were able to choose the order in which the plans were voted on, what would be the most advantageous order for their plan? Read more

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Climate Vigil

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Adapting his recent presentation as a distinguished alumnus of Boston University School of Theology, Dr. David W. Scott explains why he thinks our greatest challenges are climate change, national reconciliation, and international partnership. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global offers four interpretations of the meaning of the African bishops' statement affirming traditional marriage and resisting UMC schism. Read more

A Way Forward