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Cynthia B. Astle

The death of her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Grebe, resurrects the age-old questions about the deepest mysteries of life and death, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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United Methodism's current debates over who has broken or kept "the covenant" ignore the most compelling covenant of all -- our baptismal vows, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The convergence of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with the death of religion expert Phyllis Tickle underscores something significant for fractious United Methodists, namely Jesus' call to love the unlovable, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia showed brotherly love for a Catholic group devoted to LGBT inclusion when the group was refused entry to a Catholic event visited by Pope Francis. Read more

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The eruption of violence in Baltimore in the wake of the police custody death of Freddie Gray prompts a response from UM Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The furor over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration – seen by critics as granting businesses license to discriminate against LGBTQ people – reflects The United Methodist Church's own dilemma over its anti-LGBTQ stances. Read more

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A TED talk by psychologist Guy Winch awakens Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle to the United Methodist Church's need for "emotional first aid." Read more

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United Methodists joined other people of faith to rally for the Equality Act's passage by Congress, while media continue to document UMC's internal struggle over LGBTQ inclusion. Read more

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A Colorado United Methodist communicator has gathered links to many annual conference petitions intended to resist the Traditional Plan. Read more

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Pacific-Northwest camping ministries pledges full inclusion of all people at its campus and in its activities. Read more

General Conference 2019

The proliferation of secret meetings across the United Methodist Church show how rotten the institution has become, and what future path its members should seek, writes Cynthia B. Astle Read more

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An embattled Iowa clergywoman has resigned as a campus minister, while support grows for a Florida pastor facing charges for performing a same-sex wedding. Read more

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Chicago Bishop Sally Dyck addresses fears of disaffiliation plan and its deficiencies; Florida pastor faces charges for performing same-sex wedding. Read more

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Confirmands' rejection of membership captures media; new book looks at UMC's future; California congregation vows to keep welcoming all. Read more

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Another Ohio university declares resistance to heightened LGBTQ restrictions; a "unity" meeting gets criticism; and a New Jersey ad hoc coalition deplores and rejects GC2019 actions. Read more

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The four-page document from BWC's Discipleship Council bases its declaration on parts of the church's constitution and on historic Methodist documents. Read more

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The 2019 confirmation class of First UMC in Omaha, Nebraska refused to take United Methodist membership vows because of the 2019 General Conference's action to tighten LGBTQ bans. Read more

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Mark Tooley predicts UMC "radicals" will be "losers" if the church splits; First UMC in Fort Collins, Colo., creates resource booklet for Mountain Sky Conference. Read more

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Jesus Before Pilate

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Facing the "significant ambiguity" between what is and what will be lies a reassuring gospel truth: God's love is infinite, as Jesus taught, and those who practice it form Christ's church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Plus managing the media glut on LGBTQ inclusion in the UMC and the latest media mentions. Read more

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Two more prominent UMCs vote to hold same-sex wedding; Greater Northwest, Nordic & Baltic areas leaders look to future. Read more

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Public support for full LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church comes from Susquehanna clergy and laity and California-Pacific board of ordained ministry, plus suggestions for keeping on from Mainstream UMC. Read more

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Her Lenten reflections have led Cynthia B. Astle to develop a clearer understanding of what following Jesus Christ means today. Read more

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Potential university disaffiliations and redirecting general church funding mark the latest reactions to the Traditional Plan's adoption. Read more

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Support for The Traditional Plan is absent from most reports regarding talks about the UMC's future. Read more

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While public actions have slowed a bit, pushback against the Traditional Plan is still occurring across U.S. United Methodism. Read more

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The Weather Channel's practice of naming winter storms in the same way that hurricanes and tropical cyclones are named sets folks to wondering if there's a United Methodist on staff. Read more

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