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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 2012 Finances 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 5 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

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

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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

Yellowstone Conference

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Yellowstone Conference, which includes Wyoming and Montana, is suffering from lack of resources caused by "aging churches and aging members," not solely from objections to the region's openly lesbian bishop, say church officials. more

Jul 17, 2017 4:23 PM Finance and Administration 2 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

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

Two Attorneys

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The Judicial Council refused to reconsider its decision holding that a license for a same-sex marriage constitutes evidence that a clergy person or bishop is a "self-avowed practicing homosexual" in disobedience to church law. more

Jul 7, 2017 4:57 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Bible with Cross Shadow

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The Rev. William Alberts tackles the inconsistencies in both the Bible and the Book of Discipline that underlie The United Methodist Church's stances against LGBTQ people. more

Jul 6, 2017 4:03 PM Perspectives 7 Comments

Small Groups Way Forward

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Way Forward Commissioners may get their first look at a draft plan for global unity in United Methodism. more

Jun 29, 2017 12:07 PM A Way Forward

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

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