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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

First UMC Austin

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Members of First UMC in Austin, Texas, voted overwhelmingly not to hold any weddings until the denominations rescinds its ban against same-sex weddings. more

Oct 10, 2017 12:33 PM Local Church

Lake Houston UMC

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Oct 4, 2017 5:46 PM Global Nature

Future signs

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A good leader keeps her eyes on the direction the organization is going in order to fulfill its mission, but she needs to allow for disagreement, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

Oct 3, 2017 3:54 PM Local Church

Uniting Methodists Panel

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The first public gathering of the new Uniting Methodists movement draws an explanation of its goals and some questions about its purpose. more

Oct 2, 2017 6:20 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

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

Traditional biblically formed Methodism focuses more on the process – the method – than on the ends, which ought to enlighten the factions in today's turmoil, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Sep 26, 2017 4:35 PM Perspectives

Maslow's Hierarchy

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With our plethora of affiliations, the Rev. Sky McCracken laments United Methodists' apparent need to label themselves and one another. more

Sep 25, 2017 3:15 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Way Forward Logo

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During its meeting in Berlin, Germany, the Commission on A Way Forward considered ideas on a future for The United Methodist Church to present to the Council of Bishops in November. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:38 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

The United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus critiques the Uniting Methodist Movement as embodying the very principle it says it rejects, namely "all that divides." more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments


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In the second of three parts, the Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the biblical passages that shape progressive views on human sexuality and how to determine when God is doing a new thing. more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM Jeremy Smith

Rainbow blooms

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In the last of the three parts, the Rev. Jeremy Smith that he can support Uniting Methodists for now, waiting to see whether its final proposal supports full inclusion or maintains exclusion of LGBTQ+ people. more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Fault Likes

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After a week of online posts about the newly formed Uniting Methodists Movement, the Rev. Jeremy Smith offers a three-part series on how he, an LGBTQ+ ally, worked through implications of the new entry into the UMC's sexuality debate. more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Commission on A Way Forward

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As the Way Forward Commission meets in Berlin, the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper pleads for a proposal for the future that roots itself in love, not law, regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in The United Methodist Church. more

Sep 20, 2017 5:20 PM Perspectives 6 Comments

Methodist DNA

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History can be an unstable basis for denominational unity, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Shared history can create pride in identity or it can emphasize the differences between supposed group-mates. more

Sep 20, 2017 5:20 PM Global Nature

Dr. David N. Field, a European-based scholar who serves on the Commission on A Way Forward, looks at the faith importance of staying unified despite opposing theological positions. more

Sep 15, 2017 11:15 AM A Way Forward 2 Comments

One of the leaders of the newly formed Uniting Methodists organization, the Rev. Adam Hamilton argues for centrism as a valid expression of United Methodist unity in diversity, holding together extremes of left and right. more

Sep 15, 2017 10:41 AM Perspectives 8 Comments

Small Groups Way Forward

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The United Methodist Church is wasting money and people power much needed elsewhere on the far-flung meetings of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant more

Sep 13, 2017 12:41 PM A Way Forward 6 Comments

U.S. Jurisdictions

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As the Commission on a Way Forward talks about "loosening" the United Methodist connectional system, Dr. David W. Scott looks at the identities of each Central Conference around the world. more

Sep 5, 2017 4:22 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

Phyllis Tickle on Authority

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Can The United Methodist Church, with its heritage of multiple authorities, resist the urge to reduce its religious authority to a single source? asks the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Aug 31, 2017 3:47 PM Perspectives