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When we are more concerned about our personal brand, our ratings, number of likes, and retweets, every issue is not about the issue but a proxy discussion for how we desire to be seen, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Dec 14, 2017 12:31 PM Perspectives

Hands

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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

The Rev. Christopher Ritter offers a hybrid model of the three "sketches" identified by the Council of Bishops as options for maintaining the unity of The United Methodist Church. more

Dec 11, 2017 3:13 PM A Way Forward 4 Comments

Jesus reminds us that we are not very good at discerning wheat from weeds and even if we could, we are so inept that we do much more harm than we realize, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Dec 8, 2017 2:05 PM Perspectives

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

The book contains presentations from a March 2017 gathering of international United Methodist scholars on whether human sexuality issues will prevent church unity. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:47 PM A Way Forward

GC Plenary 2016

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There's a two-delegate difference between the delegate counts for the coming 2020 General Conference and the 2016 session. more

Dec 1, 2017 1:58 PM 2020 General Conference

Christ and the Adulteress

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In our apocalyptic times when so much corruption is being revealed, Christians need to face up to our own failings to love as Jesus teaches, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 30, 2017 8:16 AM Views from a Ridge

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

When we conflate holiness with completeness and purity we are off the mark, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. A holy life is not a pure life but a life driven by love. more

Nov 27, 2017 4:46 PM Perspectives

Missio Dei

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Confused and contentious as they were, participants in the study gathering expressed gratitude for the opportunity to bring together seminary scholars and United Methodist bishops. more

Nov 21, 2017 3:38 PM Ordained Ministry 4 Comments

Staying together despite serious differences means not lettering ourselves off the hook for dealing with the consequences of our shortcomings, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Nov 21, 2017 3:27 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

David Field Uniting

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The true heart of United Methodism's threat of schism isn't power or sex; it's the lack of love for those with whom we disagree, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 17, 2017 2:08 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Friends

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Dr. David W. Scott says that United Methodists can create unity in the denomination it they'll move from superficial acquaintance – or no acquaintance at all – into genuine Christian relationships. more

Nov 16, 2017 12:19 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

CT Small Group

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United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks traces the history of the proposed Option 2, previously presented by the Connectional Table at the 2016 General Conference. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 4 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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Longtime United Methodist leader Lonnie D. Brooks analyzes the "Way Forward" options outlined by the Council of Bishops. In this installment, Option 1 – Status Quo. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks concludes his analysis of Way Forward options with a look at Option 3, which calls for separation. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

What's Next Panel

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Three members of the Way Forward Commission impressed some 200 United Methodists by speaking candidly about the challenges of their work and the prospects for the church's unity. more

Nov 14, 2017 6:32 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

Way Forward Logo

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The Council of Bishops is studying three possible models suggested by the Commission on A Way Forward for the future of The United Methodist Church, but details of how these models would work were not divulged. more

Nov 9, 2017 3:42 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments