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First UMC Austin

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Members of First UMC in Austin, Texas, voted overwhelmingly not to hold any weddings until the denominations rescinds its ban against same-sex weddings. more

Oct 10, 2017 12:33 PM Local Church

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

NTX Announcement

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Two complaints against two North Texas clergy have been resolved by the United Methodist "just resolution" process, which seeks to restore relationships rather than punish. more

Sep 27, 2017 3:47 PM Ordained Ministry

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

The United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus critiques the Uniting Methodist Movement as embodying the very principle it says it rejects, namely "all that divides." more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

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

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

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

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

Julie and Vanessa

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LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies say the "Embrace Love" anti-racism campaign initiated after white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., sends a hypocritical message because the UMC rejects LGBTQ sexuality. more

Aug 24, 2017 3:05 PM Advocating Justice 2 Comments

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An anti-diversity memo from a dissident Google employee reveals much about how the Church operates as well, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Aug 8, 2017 12:13 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Incompatibility

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Separate petitions from the California-Pacific and Denmark conferences seek a ruling from the Judicial Council on whether the issue of homosexuality legitimately falls under United Methodist doctrinal standards. more

Jul 26, 2017 9:12 AM GC Archive 2 Comments

Earthrise

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association breaks our covenant to care for the Earth because it stresses LGBTQ rejection and ignores the Sixth Great Extinction happening around us, asserts the Rev. Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies. more

Jul 25, 2017 12:13 PM Perspectives 2 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

Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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UPDATE: Commission issues "status report" on Way Forward progress. United Methodist Insight offers two reasons why the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward is doing more harm than good. more

Jul 25, 2017 10:57 AM A Way Forward 6 Comments