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Cynthia B. Astle

Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, the first female United Methodist bishop in Africa, speaks frankly about the region's refusal to support breaking up the UMC. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Mark Holland says his organization will continue to push for a moratorium on clergy charges and church trials as the effective date of the Traditional Plan's legislation looms on Jan. 1, 2020. Read more

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More than one region of the worldwide United Methodist Church is considering options around human sexuality and whether that conflict will split the denomination. Read more

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Various plans for the future of The United Methodist Church are among the topics planned for discussion at the conference. Read more

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The kindness of friends and a mission from God sparked the creation of United Methodist Insight, recalls its founder, Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Disaffiliation, proposed changes regarding sexuality and discontent among LGBTQ+ students at Duke Divinity School mark the latest happenings in the UMC struggle. Read more

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The new pre-General Conference orientation session for Central Conference delegates is a highly laudable addition, but it may be too late to counteract similar past efforts by traditionalist forces, writes Cynthia B. Astle Read more

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Commentators around the UMC are looking into the various plans for the denomination's future, while the Western Jurisdiction means business about its "Safe Harbor" project. Read more

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Union College in Barbourville, Ky., follows up last year's opposition to the UMC's anti-LGBTQ+ policies by becoming the first college to join Reconciling Ministries Network. Read more

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Desert Southwest Conference plans information sessions; a layman ponders the effects of church trials. Read more

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News

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While the highest levels of the church struggle, local congregations enjoy vitality and spread the virtues of community and service. Read more

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LGBTQ-friendly congregations continue to resist UMC's tightened policies against homosexuality and look toward a denominational split. Read more

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Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle found this year's "futuring" program at the Church of the Resurrection's Leadership Institute proved that true reform for the UMC is unlikely to come from those invested in the existing institution. Read more

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Activities around the UMC's future around the question of LGBTQ+ inclusion ebbed this week, but they'll come back soon. Read more

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United Methodist Insight joins other news outlets in expanding coverage of the global climate crisis that threatens all of God's creation on planet Earth. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

Two high-profile proposals for the United Methodist Church's future – including separation into different denominations – were presented at the annual Leadership Institute held by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Read more

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Part history lesson, part camp meeting and part church politics, the future of The United Methodist Church as a worldwide denomination took center stage at the 2019 session of the Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church Read more

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A United Methodist layman in Tennessee has devised a plan to extend the discernment process for new denominations in order to foster continued connections among differing Methodist expressions. Read more

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A revised Indianapolis Plan, a regional resource from New England, and a new proposal called "Plain Grace" are now in the works. Read more

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Media guru Terry Mattingly thinks crucial questions about UMC-related Duke University's student government rejection of the evangelical organization Young Life deserve deeper probing. Read more

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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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Salisbury Font

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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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Baltimore

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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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Open for Service

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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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Emotional First Aid

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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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