Eric Folkerth

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a vigorous defense of civil disobedience at behalf of civil rights while imprisioned in a Birmingham, Ala., jail. Now United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has chosen Birmingham as the site to conduct a wedding ceremony for a gay couple in defiance of the UMC's anti-LGBT stances.

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The Metaphor of Birmingham

The Rev. Eric Folkerth looks at the historical significance of acts of civil disobedience taking place in Birmingham, Ala., in connection with Bishop Melvin G. Talbert officiating at a wedding ceremony for gay couple there. more »

Oct 28, 2013 10:30 AM Perspectives 3 Comments

"The Crucifixion of Jesus" by Andrea Mantegna was painted circa 1457-1459. The panel is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

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Confronting Atonement Theology

The Rev. Eric Folkerth finds that the notion of atonement -- that Jesus' death was a sacrifice required by God to save humanity -- doesn't hold up when viewed through Scripture's overarching witness. more »

Mar 25, 2013 9:26 AM Perspectives 2 Comments

United Methodism is NOT a Global Church

We may talk about ourselves as if we really believe we're a global church, but the recent election of Pope Francis proves how "un-global" The United Methodist Church really is, writes the Rev. Eric Folkerth. more »

Mar 19, 2013 4:49 PM Perspectives 6 Comments

President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney greet one another at the second presidential debate on Oct. 16.

Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

What the Presidential Election Should Teach the UMC

The Rev. Eric Folkerth draws some parallels between The United Methodist Church's "mission field" and the successful re-election campaign of President Barack Obama more »

Nov 9, 2012 3:16 PM Perspectives 6 Comments