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A dive into the history of Methodism's founder brings the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant to a conclusion: we really don't know what it means to be Methodist today, and we'd better figure it out. more

Jun 27, 2017 3:15 PM Perspectives


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Let's start talking about what we value instead of constantly rehashing our fears, which is proving counterproductive, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jun 27, 2017 3:04 PM Perspectives

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

A frequent contributor to United Methodist Insight and author of a new book, David N. Field begins his new blog Grace in the Fractures by asking a basic question behind the origins of Methodism: what's the point? more

Jun 20, 2017 4:21 PM Perspectives

Phil Wogaman Surrenders

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Historically, Methodists have both used and foregone legislative power to address moral issues, something that could shed light on what to do in today's crisis-strewn world, writes the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens. more

Jun 15, 2017 7:43 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Filipino Farmers

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The world needs Christ's followers to be more humane and responsive to the cries of the vulnerable and less dogmatic to our own vision of mission, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

Jun 14, 2017 6:06 PM Global Nature

Playground Sand Pit

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Playgrounds and Country Clubs offer insights into the centered and bounded sets of Christianity, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jun 14, 2017 5:45 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Members of the Iowa Board of Ordained Ministry announce their intention to assess clergy candidates without consideration of their sexuality. more

Jun 13, 2017 9:39 AM Ordained Ministry

Millennials Socialize

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Rise in religiously unaffiliated points to a series problem for the UMC's future, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo for UM & Global. more

Jun 12, 2017 5:45 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Focusing on the local congregation can be helpful, but it also makes people forget they were birthed by the larger United Methodist connection, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jun 12, 2017 5:28 PM Local Church

Richard Bryant Reading

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant is blunt: the thought of going to annual conference fills him with dread, because of what it portends for the future. more

Jun 12, 2017 3:29 PM Perspectives

Bible Hourglass

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While The United Methodist Church currently struggles over human sexuality, the conflict over how Methodists should interpret and apply the Bible has existed since the 1744 annual conference, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. more

Jun 8, 2017 4:02 PM

Orthodox scriptural views, such as those professed by the Wesleyan Covenant Association, are grounded in tradition and historical precedent, writes the Rev. Joseph R. Stains in a rebuttal to Dr. Steven Tuell. more

Jun 3, 2017 5:17 PM Perspectives 4 Comments

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Failure to make disciples, more than anything else, has us in the state we presently find ourselves, writes the Rev. Sky McCracken. Until we take that seriously, we are going to be in trouble. more

May 31, 2017 3:21 PM Ordained Ministry


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General Conference has become an intractable body, and the Realm of God demands that United Methodists make decisions in a different way, writes the Rev. Sky McCracken. more

May 31, 2017 3:10 PM Ordained Ministry

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

CT Meeting May 2017

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The Connectional Table, the UMC's program and budget coordination agency, has approved a plan to connect the evaluation of United Methodist general agencies with the development of the denomination’s budget. more

May 30, 2017 3:11 PM Finance and Administration

In a modern parable with a satiric bite, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant imagines the current state of United Methodism as a kind of Pentecost. more

May 30, 2017 3:02 PM

Advisory group

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Despite strong resistance to the idea at the 2016 General Conference, United Methodist leaders say that some kind of U.S. structure will be needed to implement the expected global Book of Discipline in 2020. more

May 26, 2017 2:43 PM Finance and Administration


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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