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Episcopal-UMC Full Communion

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The dialogue committee working on United Methodist-Episcopal full communion seeks input on their draft document from clergy, laity and bishops in both churches. more

Oct 26, 2017 1:42 PM Global Nature 6 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

Hayes and Hardt

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Witness to the major changes in The United Methodist Church and its predecessors for the past 70 years, Bishop John Wesley Hardt died June 18 at age 95. more

Jun 20, 2017 3:34 PM In the Church

Family Tree Denominations

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The Rev. Jason Valendy unpacks what some of the "dog whistle" terms such as "scriptural holiness" actually mean when it comes to understanding and applying the Holy Bible. more

Oct 20, 2016 12:12 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Dubya and Hillary

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Two of the most hated politicians in America, George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton, both belong to The United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Morgan Guyton hopes the UMC continues to welcome people of all politics. more

Oct 17, 2016 2:24 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

In a study commissioned by United Methodist Communications, church roles affect people's perceptions of what it means to be United Methodist. more

Jun 5, 2015 7:10 PM Local Church

United Methodists in a strongly Orthodox environment have an uncomfortable time when it comes to celebrating Easter, writes David W. Scott. more

Mar 27, 2015 9:17 AM Global Nature

Door

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A supportive welcome and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral prompted Canadian Sarah Heath to join the United Methodist Church and become a pastor. more

Feb 4, 2015 3:35 PM Perspectives

Dr. William Payne finds there more regionalism than globalism about The United Methodist Church, especially when it comes to values shaping the homosexuality debate. more

Jul 2, 2014 6:26 PM Advocating Justice

Clean Money

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The recent Oxfam report that the world's 85 richest individuals own more than half of the world's poorest peoples should cause United Methodists to become advocates for economic equality, writes David W. Scott. more

Jan 22, 2014 11:04 AM Perspectives 4 Comments

MARCHA meeting

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A look back at the issues and events that shaped The United Methodist Church in 2013. more

Dec 18, 2013 12:20 PM In the Church

The Rev. Josh Hale outlines what he sees as the seven major aspects to be considered in The United Methodist Church's discussion of whether it's liturgically appropriate to offer Holy Communion via the Internet. more

Oct 4, 2013 4:31 PM Perspectives

Laying the Foundation

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Why Becoming a Church Was the Worst Thing That Could Have Happened to Methodism

The Rev. Wes Magruder explores how becoming a settled denomination killed the transformational energy of the Methodist movement. more

Jul 11, 2012 8:13 AM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

Rethink Church

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Rethinking 'Rethink Church'

The Rev. Morgan Guyton explores what it means to be the Church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century in comparison to the UMC's "Rethink Church" campaign. more

Jul 2, 2012 8:22 PM Morgan Guyton

John Wesley Profile

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Discipleship Drift, or Why John Wesley Won’t Let Me Leave the UMC

On his revived blog, "The New MethoFesto," the Rev. Wes Magruder candidly examines the culture shock of returning to a drifting American United Methodist Church after years as a missionary in Cameroon, and why he stayed. more

Jul 2, 2012 7:42 PM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

Conference scene

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Time For Annual Conference Season — Let’s Not Get Confused

During annual conference time Ben Gosden reminds United Methodists that what God really wants is a church with the guts to dare to follow Him into the margins of the world that are too often forgotten when we worry so much about reports and budgets. more

May 29, 2012 4:43 PM Ben Gosden

United Methodist Insight's sponsorship has decided to continue publishing the educational website to serve as an open forum for discerning God's future for The United Methodist Church more

May 22, 2012 2:33 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Roles in a Discipleship System and the (Dys)Functionality of the Methodist Connection

The Rev. Ben Gosden examines the differences between The United Methodist Church and the process of becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. more

May 15, 2012 2:42 PM Ben Gosden 1 Comments

Megachurch

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton crafts a list of 12 fundamental concepts for Christian faith in the 21st century. more

May 11, 2012 2:53 PM In the Church

Restructuring Vote

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A Lament for the 2012 General Conference

The Rev. Kevin Watson describes his reactions at watching the 2012 General Conference proceedings from afar. more

May 9, 2012 4:48 PM Kevin Watson 1 Comments