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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


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To foster genuine unity, we need people who not only belong to several groups, but who also work to connect them, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Oct 31, 2017 3:58 PM Global Nature

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

Global Mission

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In the fifth of his series on unity in The United Methodist Church, Dr. David W. Scott examines the role of mission in keeping the global denomination connected. more

Oct 14, 2017 12:18 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

U.S. Jurisdictions

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As the Commission on a Way Forward talks about "loosening" the United Methodist connectional system, Dr. David W. Scott looks at the identities of each Central Conference around the world. more

Sep 5, 2017 4:22 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

Africa Gone Wrong

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In a follow-up to his Nordic-inspired post on giving, Dr. David W. Scott suggests some humorous videos from Norway can puncture Westerners' preconceptions about Africa. more

Aug 1, 2017 3:17 PM Global Nature

Liberian scholar Rev. Dr. James Z. Labala finds the church identity document, "Wonder, Love and Praise," uses three historic faith convictions to form a renewed identity for the global United Methodist Church. more

Jul 26, 2017 2:18 PM Global Nature

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


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The Church of the Nazarene, a Wesleyan denomination, has some lessons about being a truly global Christian community that could benefit United Methodists, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Jul 14, 2017 2:27 PM Global Nature

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." more

Jul 12, 2017 5:22 PM Perspectives 5 Comments

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

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. more

Jun 21, 2017 3:07 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

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


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This is the second installment in an occasional series of articles from UM & Global comparing the different ways in which Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church structure themselves as global bodies. more

May 23, 2017 1:41 PM Global Nature

John Wesley Writing

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John Wesley's theology on church unity goes farther and deeper than the usually cited sermons, writes Dr. David N. Field in his review of the proposed church identity document, "Wonder, Love and Praise." more

Apr 26, 2017 4:30 PM Global Nature


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UM & Global begins an occasional series on the differences among Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church, curated by Dr. David W. Scott. more

Apr 19, 2017 4:53 PM Global Nature

The collaborative blog UM & Global recommends a series of webinars on evangelism today, produced by the World Council of Churches. more

Apr 6, 2017 7:46 AM Local Church

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to a church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther intended to reform the Catholic Church, but instead he sparked the Protestant Reformation. more

Mar 28, 2017 5:22 PM Global Nature

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. more

Sep 21, 2016 3:20 PM Global Nature 1 Comments