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In a companion to his analysis of African laws and views on homosexuality, Dr. David W. Scott explores the same topics for the Philippines. Read more

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There's much wider variation on the legality of homosexual practices in Africa than some claim, and church policy and state policy need not match, but public discussion of sex remains taboo, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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There are many possibilities for the outcome of the special 2019 General Conference, but it likely won't be the end that some think, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Despite linguistic barriers, a multicultural community can avoid social isolation of immigrants by taking great joy in interacting with them, writes retired Bishop Heinrich Bolleter. Read more

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In his search for 21st century mission ideas for United Methodists, Dr. David W. Scott taps into loneliness as the number-one topic. Read more

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Unity does not mean uniformity, for none of can know absolutely the will of God, a stance that always risks the hubris of the human nature asserting itself over the humble way of Christ, writes Dr. Elaine Robinson. Read more

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DR Congo Peacemaking

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global offers resources for learning more about how African United Methodists are fostering peace on the vast continent. Read more

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DR Congo Peacemaking

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Civil conflicts and natural disasters are but two of the challenges facing United Methodists in the Democratic Republic of Congo, writes Dr. David W. Scottt of UM & Global. Read more

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Social Change

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The problem most denominations face today is that its success models were developed for life in the first half of the 20h century and many haven't adapted to the radical social changes that have developed since then, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Some very good things that can come out of a more institutionally complex and more expensive model of church, starting with mission and education, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Dr. Hendrik Pieterse hopes that United Methodism can develop a genuine practice of living into its goal of having a "worldwide nature." Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines the differences between United Methodism's struggle over policy about human sexuality and the Southern Baptists' struggle for political control of its denomination. Read more

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Requiring all parts of the global United Methodist Church to have the same structure contributes significantly toward economic inequality in the worldwide denomination, contends Dr. David W. Scott. 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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Continuing his examination of money and relationships in the worldwide United Methodist Church, Dr. David W. Scott explores the option of developing asset-based partnerships. Read more

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Think the squabbles over human sexuality, membership decline or bureaucratic agencies most threaten the UMC? No, the worldwide denomination's biggest problem is money, writes Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. Read more

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The journals of a 19th century Methodist missionary in Oregon give Benjamin Hartley hope that The United Methodist Church can be as open and welcoming as the missionary was. Read more

Perspectives

Religion professor Dr. Kyle Yu examines the possibilities for Korean Christianity from the proposed visit of President Trump to see North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un. Read more

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U.S. Jurisdictions

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Similar to the Catholic Church's practice of creating "orders" for specific missions, a missional approach to United Methodist structure could foster overall unity while encouraging innovation, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott compiled a list of readings to show how migrants are benefiting The United Methodist Church around the world. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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. 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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