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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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Water well

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines ways that Central Conferences can fund future ministries if United Methodist apportionments are reduced by schism or dissolution. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott gives an overview of the World Methodist Council and its relationship to the United Methodist Church. Read more

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World Methodist Council Denominations

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Dr. David W. Scott ponders whether the desire to be a world-wide denomination is grounded in peculiarly American experiences of and assumptions about the world and the church. Read more

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As the turmoil in United Methodism continues, Dr. David W. Scott examines the various ways that worldwide denominations organize themselves. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains how United Methodist boards and agencies are organized, and how that might be affected by a schism or separation. Read more

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Possible effects of reductions in apportionments could include diminished support for institutions that educate United Methodist clergy, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines how difficult it would be to divide the institution of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains what the general budget of The United Methodist Church supports financially. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global crunches the numbers on where the United Methodist Church is growing and declining worldwide. Read more

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Membership growth happen when the number of new members exceeds the number of lost members, but there are several factors influencing both sides of that equation, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Local Church

UMC regions outside the United States have the option to become independent, self-governing churches affiliated with the denomination but not subject to its laws, explains Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Perspectives

As United Methodists continue to discuss whether it's time to divide the global denomination, Dr. David W. Scott and Dr. Robert Harman offer a historical model for consideration: the creation of an association of Latin American Methodists. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott shares links to stories about the lives and works of the people who have fulfilled United Methodist missions for the past 200 years. Read more

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World Methodist Council Denominations

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Dr. David W. Scott recaps his previous features on global bodies other than United Methodism. Read more

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In a new book, mission theologian Dr. David W. Scott outlines the new parameters of Christian mission in a 21st century context. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains the process that kept some 30 international delegates from attending the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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The Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group warns that the continued battle over LGBTQ acceptance is draining resources from ministry and mission with racial and ethnic communities seen as the UMC's future. Read more

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Attitudes and laws on LGBTQ acceptance vary widely in Europe and Eurasia, which places delegates from these regions of the UMC in good position to demonstrate unity amid diversity, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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In a companion to his analysis of African laws and views on homosexuality, Dr. David W. Scott explores the same topics for the Philippines. Read more

A Way Forward

There's much wider variation on the legality of homosexual practices in Africa than some claim, and church policy and state policy need not match, but public discussion of sex remains taboo, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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