Global UMC

The three options for the UMC's future being considered by United Methodist bishops could yield 55 different proposals, says Dr. David W. Scott. more

Nov 28, 2017 11:26 AM Global Nature 5 Comments

Making Connections

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Will the uniquely Methodist organizational model known as "connectionalism" be sufficient to sustain United Methodist unity in the face of staggering divisions? more

Nov 8, 2017 8:04 AM Global Nature

The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas thinks the UMC owes an apology to the LGBTQ people its anti-gay policies have harmed over the past 45 years. Otherwise, she says we're "writing off the next generation of Jesus followers." more

Nov 4, 2017 8:06 AM Christy Thomas 4 Comments

African Bishops

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Dr. David W. Scott takes a closer look at how united African United Methodism may be. more

Oct 27, 2017 12:09 PM Global Nature

David W. Scott explores the deeper aspects of how relationships and networks can promote unity in The United Methodist Church. more

Oct 25, 2017 12:32 PM Global Nature

David W. Scott continues his series on United Methodist unity with a look at how to achieve unity without requiring uniformity. more

Oct 20, 2017 3:13 PM Global Nature

2016 Book of Discipline

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Can the way we organize ourselves as United Methodists help provide the unity we're seeking? asks David W. Scott. more

Sep 27, 2017 10:27 AM Global Nature 1 Comments

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 2 Comments

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 6 Comments

Nordic Theory Cover

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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