UM & Global

Juarez Mission

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Have a story about mission from your church, conference or individual effort? Share it with the General Board of Global Ministries to celebrate the coming anniversary of United Methodist mission work. more

Feb 20, 2018 3:55 PM Global Nature

GC Plenary 2016

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Dr. David W. Scott analyzes the latest United Methodist membership numbers in light of their implications for the 2020 General Conference. more

Feb 19, 2018 2:10 PM Global Nature

Cambodia School Kits

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How can theologies from the margins inform and invite all United Methodists – all Christians to a genuine cross-cultural cross-geopolitical intentional hearing, dialogue and engagement? asks Dr. Jerome Sahabandhu. more

Feb 19, 2018 1:44 PM Global Nature

Blessing Circle


The United Methodist Church needs to understand itself not as a national or international denomination, but as an inter-cultural mission in the biblical tradition, writes Dr. Robert A. Hunt. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:27 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

Bishop Harald Rückert, elected in May 2017, found that a recent meeting of European United Methodist bishops contained collaboration and preparation and a “hot potato" -- the denomination's stance on homosexuality. more

Jan 31, 2018 1:32 PM Global Nature

The Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens offers his vision of hope for The United Methodist Church in the second installment of a new series on unity from UM & Global. more

Jan 29, 2018 2:48 PM A Way Forward

Missionary Commissioning

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Dr. David W. Scott begins a new series from UM & Global, "My Hope for Methodism." more

Jan 19, 2018 7:12 AM Global Nature

Bishops Address Prayer

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The Church of the Nazarene, Wesleyan "cousins" of The United Methodist Church, offer a model of how to maintain "unity in diversity" at their global assembly, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Dec 20, 2017 4:05 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

If the Church’s mission is to proclaim God’s kingdom and to work for justice and peace, the Church must stand in solidarity with women in the Global South against globalization, violence and patriarchy, writes professor Kwok Pui-Lan. more

Dec 19, 2017 2:28 PM Global Nature


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Denominations are poorly set up to foster relationships, even though such relationships can strengthen the functions of denominations, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Dec 13, 2017 11:22 AM Global Nature

Family Praying

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How might it shift American United Methodists' thinking about church unity if we draw more on the metaphor of family, where differences can be tolerated, instead of the metaphor of friendship that relies on shared qualities? more

Dec 6, 2017 10:14 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Unity dolls

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Dr. David W. Scott analyzes why unity's meaning functionally and organizationally for a denomination is actually a complicated one. more

Nov 29, 2017 3:13 PM Global Nature

The three options for the UMC's future being considered by United Methodist bishops could yield 55 different proposals, says Dr. David W. Scott. more

Nov 28, 2017 11:26 AM Global Nature 5 Comments

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


UM&Global Art

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