UMC schism

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

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Discussion of the departure of two churches from the Mississippi Annual Conference leads the Rev. Jeremy Smith to new conclusions about the nature and practice of United Methodism's "clergy covenant." more

Jun 21, 2017 2:51 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

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

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

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

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


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Longtime United Methodist communicator and social justice advocate, the Rev. Dr. Daniel R. Gangler, challenges the Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter's assessment of progressive and centrist United Methodists. more

May 19, 2017 1:27 PM Perspectives 7 Comments

Clergy and laity from the "Methodist Middle" have formed a network with the intention of encouraging The United Methodist Church to stay together, writes Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service. more

May 18, 2017 3:56 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

While deploring cultural accommodation, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has embraced some of the worst aspects of American culture, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. This week: hypocrisy. more

May 18, 2017 1:08 PM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

Duke Chapel

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Removing Confederate monuments in Southern states ought to inspire The United Methodist Church to get rid of its own remnants of racism, sexism and homophobia, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

May 15, 2017 5:25 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Church consultant Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter thinks that potential United Methodist schism can be avoid if we'll go ahead and fight – but in ways far different from current political process. more

May 15, 2017 5:04 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Oliveto and Fenton

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Judicial Council Ruling 1341 regarding the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto has long-term, far-reaching effects on The United Methodist Church, say legal experts. more

May 10, 2017 4:08 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

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United Methodism can have "50 different flavors" and still be bound together by structure and process that serve its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ in order to transform the world, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

May 9, 2017 4:57 PM Perspectives


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Maybe the intense self-examination that United Methodists are going through now is a form of chemotherapy that will, in the end, heal its sick system, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

May 5, 2017 3:54 PM Perspectives

Ough Address

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In a forthright and passionate address, the president of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce Ough, challenged his episcopal colleagues to focus on unity, evangelism and social action rather than splitting the UMC over homosexuality. more

May 2, 2017 8:15 AM A Way Forward


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In its second general meeting, The Wesleyan Covenant Association talks about the possibility of a "Paul and Barnabas" moment for The United Methodist Church more

May 2, 2017 7:53 AM In the Church

Bishops Statement

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The United Methodist Council of Bishops has set a date and place for an anticipated special session of General Conference to receive and vote upon a plan for keeping the denomination from breaking up. more

Apr 25, 2017 6:22 AM A Way Forward

The Rev. Dr. William C. Trench sees this week's Judicial Council review of the election of Bishop Oliveto as a no-win situation that could well be the final push toward United Methodist schism. more

Apr 24, 2017 5:23 PM Perspectives