Foundry LGBT Celebration

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Former seminary president Barbara G. Wheeler objects to the premise and methods of a new group, Church Clarity, that seeks to rate churches according to their acceptance of LGBTQ people. more

Nov 2, 2017 3:50 PM Perspectives

Fault Likes

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After a week of online posts about the newly formed Uniting Methodists Movement, the Rev. Jeremy Smith offers a three-part series on how he, an LGBTQ+ ally, worked through implications of the new entry into the UMC's sexuality debate. more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments


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In the second of three parts, the Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the biblical passages that shape progressive views on human sexuality and how to determine when God is doing a new thing. more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM Jeremy Smith

Rainbow blooms

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In the last of the three parts, the Rev. Jeremy Smith that he can support Uniting Methodists for now, waiting to see whether its final proposal supports full inclusion or maintains exclusion of LGBTQ+ people. more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM Jeremy Smith 1 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

Bible with Cross Shadow

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The Rev. William Alberts tackles the inconsistencies in both the Bible and the Book of Discipline that underlie The United Methodist Church's stances against LGBTQ people. more

Jul 6, 2017 4:03 PM Perspectives 7 Comments

Izzy Alvaran

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Conferences cannot exempt candidates from UMC ban on ordaining LGBTQ people, says Judicial Council. more

Apr 29, 2017 11:33 AM Finance and Administration

Wage Gap

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith tackles the four current sexuaity terms that are used interchangeably, but inaccurately. more

Dec 19, 2016 3:07 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Queer Pride

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Seeking an antidote for what he calls "toxic Christianity," the Rev. Morgan Guyton proposes that getting a sense of being God's beloved -- which is something LGBTQI people learn when they accept themselves -- offers a key to faith. more

Jun 28, 2016 2:11 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Pulse Club SWAT

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton, who describes himself as a "progressive evangelical," offers counsel on how best conservative evangelicals can respond to the Orlando nightclub shooting. more

Jun 16, 2016 2:34 PM Practicing Faith

Washington DC Vigil for Orlando

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Religious systems that condemn homosexuality such as The United Methodist Church ought to frame their ethical questions the way Jesus did, not on some weak biblical passages, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Jun 16, 2016 2:31 PM Advocating Justice 2 Comments

Eric Folkerth

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In a video showing Northaven UMC's "It's Time" supporters, the Rev. Eric Folkerth urges delegates to the 2016 General Conference to choose the simplest method to fully include LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. more

May 2, 2016 10:59 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

Unity dolls

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The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders how delegates to the 2016 General Conference can make decisions that will foster unity and keep The United Methodist Church from splitting apart. more

Apr 21, 2016 6:03 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

2012 General Conference Delegates

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As delegates prepare for the 2016 General Conference, Bonnie Marden of the New England Annual conference suggests there are already mechanisms in the Book of Discipline to resolve the debate over human sexuality and other diversities. more

Feb 25, 2016 2:52 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

Bishop Rodolfo Juan

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Filipino United Methodists call for acceptance and compassion for LGBT people during human sexuality dialogue in Manila. more

Feb 16, 2016 4:28 PM Advocating Justice

Mike Tupper

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A United Methodist pastor from West Michigan is sleeping outside to protest The United Methodist Church's stances on homosexual practice. more

Feb 4, 2016 5:57 PM Advocating Justice

Social Principles

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A briefing for delegates, communicators and observers in Portland, Ore., finds top issues will include an alternative decision-making process, human sexuality and structure, budget, and global expressions of church policies. more

Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM 2016 General Conference

Stanislaus Kassongo

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A panel of United Methodist with differing positions on whether the church should accept LGBTQI practices gives a preview of the likely debate at the 2016 General Conference coming May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. more

Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

In an expansion of her column for a local newspaper, the Rev. Christy Thomas examines the thorny issue of how United Methodists can interact with one another over homosexuality -- or any other controversial issue. more

Jan 15, 2016 12:25 PM Christy Thomas 4 Comments

Cynthia Meyer

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The Rev. Cynthia Meyer, pastor of Edgerton United Methodist Church in Edgerton, Kan., chose Epiphany Sunday to disclose her sexual identity to her congregation. more

Jan 5, 2016 5:41 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments