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Lake Houston UMC

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Oct 4, 2017 5:46 PM Global Nature

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

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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

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

Loudspeaker

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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

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

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 5 Comments

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

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 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 19 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 2 Comments

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