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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. more

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The compact Book of Discipline for the Holiness Methodist Church can inspire us to create a more relevant, streamlined Discipline for the global United Methodist Church, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global has an additional resource to recommend for those preparing for the 2019 General Conference: "Disunity in Christ." more

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The history of conflict and peacemaking in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set the context for United Methodist membership growth in the region, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Building on his previous posts, Dr. David W. Scott proposes that American Christians ought to shift their mission strategy to "How can we support African-led initiatives to minister in solidarity with those who suffer?" more

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DR Congo Peacemaking

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global offers resources for learning more about how African United Methodists are fostering peace on the vast continent. more

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DR Congo Peacemaking

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Civil conflicts and natural disasters are but two of the challenges facing United Methodists in the Democratic Republic of Congo, writes Dr. David W. Scottt of UM & Global. more

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Social Change

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The problem most denominations face today is that its success models were developed for life in the first half of the 20h century and many haven't adapted to the radical social changes that have developed since then, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Some very good things that can come out of a more institutionally complex and more expensive model of church, starting with mission and education, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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We may wish to jettison some of our contemporary United Methodist structure, but a return to the ways of early Methodism could prove unworkable for our time, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines the differences between United Methodism's struggle over policy about human sexuality and the Southern Baptists' struggle for political control of its denomination. more

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Dr. David W. Scott concludes his four-part series on money and relationships in the worldwide United Methodist Church with a look at the ideas of a 19th century Methodist bishop. more

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Requiring all parts of the global United Methodist Church to have the same structure contributes significantly toward economic inequality in the worldwide denomination, contends Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Continuing his examination of money and relationships in the worldwide United Methodist Church, Dr. David W. Scott explores the option of developing asset-based partnerships. more

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Think the squabbles over human sexuality, membership decline or bureaucratic agencies most threaten the UMC? No, the worldwide denomination's biggest problem is money, writes Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global provides more maps of world Methodism with explanations of what they show. more

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U.S. Jurisdictions

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Similar to the Catholic Church's practice of creating "orders" for specific missions, a missional approach to United Methodist structure could foster overall unity while encouraging innovation, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Family Tree Denominations

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In a follow-up to his previous post on how to support innovation in the UMC, Dr. David W. Scott looks at how evangelical denominations innovate through "organizational multiplication" – making new denominations. more

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Tower of Babel

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If we care about mission, how can we foster innovation in the rigid United Methodist Church, asks Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Dr. David W. Scott compiled a list of readings to show how migrants are benefiting The United Methodist Church around the world. more

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La Trinidad Class

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Methodism in the United States is growing fastest among migrant groups, so how can the UMC leverage this phenomenon to further enhance church growth, asks Dr. David W. Scott. more

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