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Philip Wingeier-Rayo

LGBT Protest

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While agreeing with much of his colleague's recent post, the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens finds there are additional matters that form, as Philip Wingeier-Rayo phrased it, "the roots of our divide." Read more

Perspectives 5 Comments

United Methodism's mission statement calls us to make disciples, yet representation to General Conference is awarded to those who make members. Are making a disciple and making a member the same? asks the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more

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Committee Vote

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A major question for The United Methodist Church in contemplating its future is how we define representational governance, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. 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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Cuba Overview

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The Methodist Church in Cuba faced adversity during its first years, lacking trained pastors confronting growing anti-religious sentiment as the island nation turned toward communism under Fidel Castro, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more

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The year 1968 when The United Methodist Church was formed also saw the beginning of independence and autonomy for previous "mission churches" outside the United States, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more

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Millennials Socialize

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Rise in religiously unaffiliated points to a series problem for the UMC's future, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo for UM & Global. Read more

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Bible Hourglass

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While The United Methodist Church currently struggles over human sexuality, the conflict over how Methodists should interpret and apply the Bible has existed since the 1744 annual conference, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more