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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 1 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 5 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 18 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

Way Forward Logo

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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 1 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

"The Next Methodism" seeks to build the kind of purity cult that has proved dangerous in the past, reducing belief to reductionist understandings of Christian theology, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Jul 12, 2017 6:04 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Locked Heart

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The "clergy covenant" to support and hold accountable ordained ministers must be more local, more direct and better practiced if any kind of "Next Methodism" is to succeed, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jul 12, 2017 6:04 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

LGBT Protest

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While agreeing with much of his colleague's recent post, the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens finds there are additional matters that form, as Philip Wingeier-Rayo phrased it, "the roots of our divide." more

Jul 12, 2017 5:22 PM Perspectives 5 Comments

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell's life experience of 83 years prompts him to recognize that standards for "right belief and behavior" have changed and must change if The United Methodist Church is to survive and thrive. more

Jul 12, 2017 5:11 PM Perspectives

Toxic Secret Door

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Are we looking to renovate Methodism–or repeal and replace it? The Rev. Jeremy Smith responds to recent proposals on the evolution of United Methodism. more

Jul 11, 2017 9:01 AM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

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 3 Comments

Fear

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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 2 Comments

Chris McAlilly

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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