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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

Vigil Candles

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In the wake of proposed health care legislation that will decimate health care for millions of Americans, the Rev. Jim Burklo proposes lighting candles to remind us of the needy, and to contact Congress on their behalf. more

Jun 22, 2017 11:51 AM Global Health 2 Comments

Oliveto Mother

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The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops has asked for reconsideration of Judicial Council ruling 1341, which held that a same-sex marriage license is evidence of a person being a "self-avowed practicing homosexual." more

Jun 15, 2017 12:17 PM Finance and Administration

Phil Wogaman Surrenders

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Historically, Methodists have both used and foregone legislative power to address moral issues, something that could shed light on what to do in today's crisis-strewn world, writes the Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens. more

Jun 15, 2017 7:43 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

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

Bible Hourglass

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While The United Methodist Church currently struggles over human sexuality, the conflict over how Methodists should interpret and apply the Bible has existed since the 1744 annual conference, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. more

Jun 8, 2017 4:02 PM

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

Phil Wogaman Surrenders

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In an on-site account, the Rev. Erik Alsgaard reports on the circumstances around Dr. J. Philip Wogaman surrendering his clergy credentials in protest of United Methodist law banning the ordination of LGBTQ people. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:27 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Credentials Surrender

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The Rev. Dr. J. Philip Wogaman, one of the leading Christian ethicists in The United Methodist Church, surrendered his clergy credentials May 31 in protest of the Baltimore-Washington Conference's delay of an LGBTQ candidate. more

May 31, 2017 10:37 PM Ordained Ministry 1 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

Study Guide


A new study guide intended to help with constructive conversations on human sexuality is offered to United Methodist congregations. more

May 24, 2017 4:27 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Bible glasses

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A United Methodist scholar in the Western Pennsylvania Conference refutes the Wesleyan Covenant Association's view that there is only one way to read and interpret the Holy Bible. more

May 24, 2017 1:53 PM Perspectives 7 Comments


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The boards of ordained ministry in two U.S. annual conferences have reaffirmed their decisions not to consider the sexuality of clergy candidates despite a Judicial Council ruling to follow Book of Discipline requirements. more

May 23, 2017 8:14 AM Ordained Ministry 4 Comments


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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

Oliveto Consecration

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A new group of retired pastors in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference has formed in part to support Bishop Karen Oliveto and advocate for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. more

May 19, 2017 12:55 PM Ordained Ministry 2 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

Rainbow Stormtroopers

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T. C. Morrow gives United Methodist clergy some practical advice on how to be better allies for the inclusion of LGBTQ people in all aspects of church life, in a guest post from Hacking Christianity. more

May 16, 2017 10:55 AM Jeremy Smith

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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