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After retired Bishop Bill Lewis' open letter to the Rev. Jeff Greenway, executive director of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, the two exchange responses about their perspectives. more

Aug 16, 2017 1:34 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Take Up Cross

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Everything that we do as Christians is to prepare us for moments like this so we can be a non-anxious, disciplined presence in the streets whenever the fascists come to town, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

Aug 13, 2017 8:21 AM Local Church

Church growth may zoom with a "monoculture" method, but the Rev. Jason Valendy thinks the companion planting method known as the "three sisters" holds more promise for long-term, sustainable growth. more

Aug 7, 2017 4:49 PM Perspectives

Reconciliation Memorial

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A concept from his Maungwe heritage – "unhu" – encompasses the human dignity, respect, self-control and community relationships that the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Nyarota believes is the only "way forward" for The United Methodist Church. more

Aug 7, 2017 2:26 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Monocultures grow rapidly, but they aren't sustainable, whether you're growing cows or churches, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Aug 4, 2017 4:24 PM Perspectives

Ten Denominations UMC

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While the Commission on A Way Forward continues its work behind closed doors, the Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter speculates on what United Methodism might look like in future, based on his interpretation of statistics. more

Aug 3, 2017 10:34 AM A Way Forward 6 Comments

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

Earthrise

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association breaks our covenant to care for the Earth because it stresses LGBTQ rejection and ignores the Sixth Great Extinction happening around us, asserts the Rev. Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies. more

Jul 25, 2017 12:13 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds the latest missive about the Commission on A Way Forward from the Institute on Religion and Democracy puts forth a God-denying argument. more

Jul 25, 2017 11:02 AM Perspectives 5 Comments

Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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UPDATE: Commission issues "status report" on Way Forward progress. United Methodist Insight offers two reasons why the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward is doing more harm than good. more

Jul 25, 2017 10:57 AM A Way Forward 6 Comments

John Wesley Profile

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Scholar David N. Field takes a deep dive into John Wesley's theology of sin, and finds that Christians holding divergent views can stay in covenant together if they act according to God's overarching moral law of love. more

Jul 24, 2017 2:05 PM Perspectives 18 Comments

Commission on A Way Forward

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There'll be no public unveiling of the Commission on A Way Forward's plans for keeping the United Methodist Church together until after the plan is reviewed by the November meeting of the Council of Bishops, Heather Hahn reports. more

Jul 24, 2017 1:21 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

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The Commission on A Way Forward is reviewing input from United Methodists on a future for the worldwide denomination. more

Jul 20, 2017 11:56 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant offers five questions to the Rev. David Watson's recent proposal on what United Methodism will look like in the future. more

Jul 17, 2017 4:51 PM Perspectives

Yellowstone Conference

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Yellowstone Conference, which includes Wyoming and Montana, is suffering from lack of resources caused by "aging churches and aging members," not solely from objections to the region's openly lesbian bishop, say church officials. more

Jul 17, 2017 4:23 PM Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Nazarene/UMC

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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

An openly lesbian daughter writes to her parents' pastor about why they're leaving their longtime United Methodist congregation, and what the church is losing in their departure. more

Jul 13, 2017 1:21 PM Local Church 7 Comments

"The Next Methodism" seeks to build the kind of purity cult that has proved dangerous in the past, reducing belief to reductionist understandings of Christian theology, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jul 12, 2017 6:04 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Locked Heart

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The "clergy covenant" to support and hold accountable ordained ministers must be more local, more direct and better practiced if any kind of "Next Methodism" is to succeed, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jul 12, 2017 6:04 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

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