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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

Wesleyan/UMC

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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

Loving God

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"Wonder, Love and Praise," the proposed United Methodist document on the nature of the church, uses a lot of terms and ideas that need a lot more explaining, writes the Rev. Stefan Zürcher of Zürich, Switzerland. more

Apr 13, 2017 12:23 PM Global Nature

Yambasu

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Movement toward financial independence among West African annual conferences shows both preparation for a possible United Methodist split and for greater control of their future ministry, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Apr 12, 2017 1:58 PM Global Nature

Global Mission

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In his concluding article on "Wonder, Love and Praise," the proposed United Methodist document on the nature of the church, the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj argues for a "hybrid theology" that takes in all massive faith and culture shifts. more

Apr 6, 2017 9:45 AM Global Nature 2 Comments

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

Africa University Choir

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The draft of a new understanding on the nature of the Church needs to look to the energy of Global South's "pilgrim" model rather than the "settled Christianity" of the Western Church, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

Mar 28, 2017 11:30 AM Global Nature

Puzzle Solved

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global laments the dearth of global perspectives at the recent scholars' conference on church unity and human sexuality, because the missing views could offer a path out of the current U.S.-polarized stances. more

Mar 17, 2017 10:23 AM A Way Forward

Ethnic Caucuses Meet

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The UMC has experienced significant overall membership declines over the past two decades, but these have come entirely from the net loss of white members, while United Methodist membership among people of color has grown significantly. more

Mar 13, 2017 2:04 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

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If God's nature is threefold, then it's a mistake to focus God's work through the church solely on the ordained ministry, writes Dr. Daniel Shin in a third critique about "Wonder, Love and Praise," a proposed statement on the church. more

Feb 28, 2017 10:44 AM Global Nature

Daniel Shin of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta continues his observations about the United Methodist statement on the nature of the church, "Wonder, Love and Praise." more

Feb 22, 2017 3:25 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