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Global Nature

Christians in different countries and cultures have much to teach one another about how the gospel of Jesus Christ takes root and grows in their respective contexts, writes the Rev. Dr. Jerome Sahabandhu. 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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Advisory group

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

Despite strong resistance to the idea at the 2016 General Conference, United Methodist leaders say that some kind of U.S. structure will be needed to implement the expected global Book of Discipline in 2020. more

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Immigration Airport Demonstrations

Photo by Erik Alsgaard, Baltimore-Washington Conference

The United Methodist Church is expanding its efforts at all levels worldwide to assist many of the 65.3 million people who have been involuntarily displaced from their homes, especially the 21 million classified as refugees by the United Nations. more

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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

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UM & Global begins an occasional series on the differences among Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church, curated by Dr. David W. Scott. 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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Global Missions Structure

Chart Courtesy of New World Outlook Magazine

Dr. Mande Muyombo, executive director of Global Ministries’ new Global Mission Connections unit, explains the shift in how the gospel is being spread through United Methodist mission work around the world. 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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Retro tech

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

So long as our decision-making processes are carried out under the illusion that our patterns of decision-making are somehow a-cultural and universal, we are really just a Western church with colonies worldwide, writes Dr. Robert Hunt. more

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Spanish Speaking Pastors

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A grant for mission opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean passed by General Conference shows United Methodists are still missional, but need more work in the church's global nature, writes Phillip Wingeier-Rayo. more

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Emma Cantor

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Dr. David W. Scott gathers information on the General Conference decisions that affect the global nature of The United Methodist Church. more

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LGBTQ Demonstrators

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

There's no way to avoid resolving a hard fact: for The United Methodist Church to become truly global, all sides of the debate on homosexuality must give up their all-or-nothing orthodoxies, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith. more

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Cheyenne Chiefs

Photos from Pages 1404-1405, Advance Daily Christian Advocate

United Methodist ethicist Darryl W. Stephens explains why the findings of a special report on the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre coming to the 2016 General Conference matter to today's church as it ponders a global identity. more

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Delegate Counts

Hacking Christianity Chart

The Rev. Jeremy Smith names a troubling trend: when the majority tries to become a hegemony by changing the way how The United Methodist Church allocates votes at General Conference. more

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CC delegates

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

In the coming effort to define The United Methodist Church's international identity, Dr. Hendrik Piertse contends we must givesome thought to the meanings of "global" and "worldwide," which aren't the same things. more

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To get a more rounded sense of that it might mean to be a truly global United Methodist Church, Dr. David W. Scott suggests watching the Connectional Table's talks on the theology of worldwide nature. more

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Cote d'Ivoire Delegation

UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose

United Methodism's struggle to achieve a "worldwide nature" has parallels to the Anglican Communion, as well as roots in a recent merger with Cote d'Ivoire, writes scholar Darryl W. Stephens. more

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2012 General Conference Delegates

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

Dr. David W. Scott encourages United Methodists to take part in a series of videos being hosted by the Connectional Table in preparation for the 2016 General Conference. more

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Unity Globe

Photo Courtesy of Hacking Christianity

The United Methodist Church has plenty of models for ways to be in worldwide connection without needing an unsustainable structure, writes the Rev. Dr. Phillip Wingeier-Rayo of UM & Global. more

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