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Uniting Methodists

Now is the time for rank-and-file United Methodists to monitor the Way Forward timeline and have hard conversations about church unity and human sexuality, writes the Rev. Melissa Maher of the Uniting Methodists movement. more

Jan 12, 2018 11:52 AM A Way Forward

Centering Methodist identity in “understanding holiness as love" leads to “a certain untidy open-endedness" in discerning what moral law requires, writes James A. Harnish. more

Jan 2, 2018 11:48 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Jesus reminds us that we are not very good at discerning wheat from weeds and even if we could, we are so inept that we do much more harm than we realize, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Dec 8, 2017 2:05 PM Perspectives

Christ and the Adulteress

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In our apocalyptic times when so much corruption is being revealed, Christians need to face up to our own failings to love as Jesus teaches, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 30, 2017 8:16 AM Views from a Ridge

When we conflate holiness with completeness and purity we are off the mark, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. A holy life is not a pure life but a life driven by love. more

Nov 27, 2017 4:46 PM Perspectives

Staying together despite serious differences means not lettering ourselves off the hook for dealing with the consequences of our shortcomings, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Nov 21, 2017 3:27 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

David Field Uniting

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The true heart of United Methodism's threat of schism isn't power or sex; it's the lack of love for those with whom we disagree, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 17, 2017 2:08 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

What's Next Panel

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Three members of the Way Forward Commission impressed some 200 United Methodists by speaking candidly about the challenges of their work and the prospects for the church's unity. more

Nov 14, 2017 6:32 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

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

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 5 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

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

Inclusion Attempted

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A new group, Uniting Methodists Movement, promotes a solution of staying together as a denomination despite deep differences over the acceptance of homosexuality. more

Sep 20, 2017 5:20 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

Church front

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Reconciling Ministries Network, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT+ people in all aspects of The United Methodist Church, replies to proposals from the new Uniting Methodists movement. more

Sep 18, 2017 2:30 PM Perspectives

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