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Missionary John Chau's controversial killing by people on an island prohibited from outside contact convinces the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant that traditional mission theology should be abandoned. Read more

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Love our enemies

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As Dr. David W. Scott recaps his series on missional ecclesiology, he finds that love – acting out the love we have received from God through Christ, sharing it with the world, and inviting others to experience – is the reason for mission. Read more

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However we may think and feel about Christian mission, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that the mission belongs to God, not us, writes Dr. David W. Scott Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains the framework for mission in the church that he shared with the Commission on A Way Forward. Read more

A Way Forward

Dr. David W. Scott helped write the Way Forward's missional framework section and recommends both it and the theological section as helpful in understanding the commission's work. Read more

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Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo discovers that the findings of a study on mission held when the UMC was formed still holds relevance to the denomination on its 50th birthday. Read more

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United Methodism's 200 years of mission will be celebrated at a bicentennial conference in 2019. Read more

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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." Read more

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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. Read more

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African Immigrants

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A theology of advocacy has a biblical basis of full communal engagement that doesn't stand in the way of meeting immediate needs for charity but seeks to heal suffering caused by unjust systems, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. Read more

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Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley thinks it's a mistake for the UMC's Faith and Order Committee to base its new document, "Wonder, Love and Praise," about the nature of the Church, on a theological statement from the World Council of Churches. Read more

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Dr. Knut Refsdal of Norway Annual Conference finds "Wonder, Love and Praise," the proposed Faith & Order statement on the Church's nature, to lack references to United Methodism's missional identity and its strength in diversity. Read more

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Chicken Talking to Duck

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If mission is, at least in part, about crossing cultural boundaries, then this raises an important question: What counts as a cultural boundary? asks Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. Read more

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Poverty

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Dr. David W. Scott, curator of UM & Global, continues his examination of the confusion about the United Methodist mission statement, focusing on church programming versus genuine spiritual transformation. Read more

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UM & Global, the collaborative blog of United Methodist Professors of Mission, is inviting scholarly reflections on a document about the nature of the church approved by the 2016 General Conference. Read more

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David W. Scott finds that American United Methodists have lost their historic gift of making space in their ranks for many different racial and ethnic constituents – a loss that puts the UMC at odds with the country's changing nature. Read more

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The collaborative blog site UM & Global, a project of United Methodist Professors of Mission, drew plenty of interest in 2015. Read more

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Bible with Cross Shadow

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In response to Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj, Dr. William Payne asserts that even with today's seismic social changes posing gigantic physical needs, authentic Christian mission must incorporate telling the good news of Jesus Christ. Read more

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Juarez Mission

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Short-term missions are popular among American United Methodists and frequently accomplish much good, but sometimes these goodwill gestures actually complicate and sometimes block what's really needed, writes the Rev. Lisa Beth White. Read more

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The Rev. John Meunier wonders whether our exercises in theology represent our desire to shape God to our own needs and preferences. Read more

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