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Dr. David N. Field, a European-based scholar who serves on the Commission on A Way Forward, looks at the faith importance of staying unified despite opposing theological positions. more

Sep 15, 2017 11:15 AM A Way Forward

Small Groups Way Forward

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The United Methodist Church is wasting money and people power much needed elsewhere on the far-flung meetings of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant more

Sep 13, 2017 12:41 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

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Inspired by a recent book, Dr. David W. Scott imagines how United Methodist mission giving might reduce dependency if it were reshaped along the lines of the "Nordic theory of love." more

Jul 26, 2017 7:44 AM Global Nature

CT Small Group

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Danish United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Ole Birch, finds that despite its global intentions, the UMC remains a U.S.-centric denomination. more

Jul 11, 2017 2:55 PM Global Nature

Global Mission

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Advocacy isn't just an ecclesiastical ideal, it's a missional imperative in today's world, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

Jul 5, 2017 3:56 PM Global Nature

A dive into the history of Methodism's founder brings the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to a conclusion: we really don't know what it means to be Methodist today, and we'd better figure it out. more

Jun 27, 2017 3:15 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Filipino Farmers

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The world needs Christ's followers to be more humane and responsive to the cries of the vulnerable and less dogmatic to our own vision of mission, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

Jun 14, 2017 6:06 PM Global Nature

First UMC

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Dr. Joon-Sik Park of Methodist Theological School in Ohio finds deficiencies of Wesleyan identity and mission similar to others' critiques of "Wonder, Love and Praise." more

May 30, 2017 3:22 PM Global Nature

In a modern parable with a satiric bite, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant imagines the current state of United Methodism as a kind of Pentecost. more

May 30, 2017 3:02 PM

John Wesley Oval

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John Wesley's method of reading the Bible – what Methodism's founder called "searching the Scripture – includes more than just reading, writes Dr. Barry Bryant. more

May 24, 2017 3:45 PM Global Nature

Because of its international connection, the United Methodist Church is in a unique position to demonstrate the inclusive nature of the Church, writes Dr. David N. Field. more

May 8, 2017 3:55 PM Global Nature

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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

Apr 12, 2017 1:58 PM Global Nature

Africa University Choir

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The draft of a new understanding on the nature of the Church needs to look to the energy of Global South's "pilgrim" model rather than the "settled Christianity" of the Western Church, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

Mar 28, 2017 11:30 AM Global Nature

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

Jan 9, 2017 3:34 PM Global Nature

Tanganyika Delegates

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New eruptions in The United Methodist Church's 44-year-old debate over homosexuality topped this year's list of church news as chosen by the denomination's religion communicators. more

Dec 20, 2016 2:19 PM In the Church 1 Comments

DRC Children

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In a video recommended by the blog UM & Global, United Methodist missionaries Donna and Jonathan Baker tell their experiences with the differences in how Americans and Congolese interact with their children more

Dec 7, 2016 10:41 AM In the World


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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

Dec 5, 2016 5:32 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

Donald Trump's stunning election as U.S. president has revealed the nature of those joining the Wesleyan Covenant Association and its potential to disrupt or even topple the institution of The United Methodist Church, writes Jeremy Smith. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:21 PM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments


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Dr. Glory E. Dharmaraj, retired director of mission theology for United Methodist Women, examines what is happening to Christianity through both migrants and those who remain behind in home countries. more

Oct 19, 2016 10:34 AM Global Nature

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

Oct 14, 2016 9:18 AM Global Nature