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David W. Scott

Many factions are willing to point to others as the cause of the UMC's upheaval, but no one is willing to accept responsibility for its own part in causing the conflict, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

UMC Future

United Methodists in many countries have taken stands against gender-based violence that are worth reading, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

Rather than solely LGBTQ acceptance, Dr. David W. Scott finds a truer reason for the UMC's struggle to be its global nature: when to make decisions together across cultural, national, and linguistic boundaries and when to decide issues locally. Read more

UMC Future

Connectional Table 2019

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This proposal seeks to change the long-standing, U.S.-centric structure of the UMC by creating a structure for the US that would parallel some of the powers of the Central Conferences, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

UMC Future

For the Philippines UMC, revival, unity, and mission go together. One can best see the connection between these three theological concepts in the Revive events held in the Philippines, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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European Methodist, Wesleyan and United/Uniting churches – including the UMC – adopt promises to practice ways to limit human effects on climate change. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

Dr. David W. Scott finds a recent split in the UMC in the Philippines instructive for what's now going on across the global United Methodist Church. Read more

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Conversations

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Understanding God's mission is a process of mutual learning, not a monologue in which we seek to unload our information on others. True conversation only happens when both sides talk and both sides listen, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

Understanding the context – a way of "crossing boundaries" – is essential to a project that both aids people and fulfills God's mission, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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While Filipinos are often lumped in with Africans and Eastern Europeans in terms of UMC sexuality politics, they don’t have quite the same set of goals or reasons to not walk away as Africans or Eastern Europeans. Read more

UMC Future

Dr. David W. Scott analyzes the dynamics of the forces involved in shaping a future for The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains his new definition of mission: cultivating relationships across boundaries for the sake of fostering conversations in word and deed about the nature of God’s good news. Read more

Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott highlights United Methodist connections to the Global Climate Strike scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

Thinking of mission as helping programs is limited, because it makes us miss the breadth of God’s mission in the world and the full spiritual significance of joining in that mission, writes Dr. David W., Scott. Read more

Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott summarizes recent discussions in Central and Southern Europe conferences about the future of the United Methodist Church. Read more

UMC Future

The possibility of breaking apart the UMC is an issue that directly impacts the lives and the place in the church of members in the central conferences, whose views and voices have traditionally been marginalized in the church, writes David W. Scott. Read more

UMC Future

Dr. David W. Scott recommends two more presentations from the UM Scholars conference – this time about the relationships between U.S. United Methodists and those in Europe, Africa and Asia. Read more

Global Nature

The United Methodist missions board will return to the Wyandotte Native Americans some land that was originally used for a Methodist mission station. Read more

Global Nature

As a specialist in mission, Dr. David W. Scott suggests that anyone who wants to go on short-term mission or become a full-time missionary watch this program. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global recommends watching a Norwegian scholar's presentation to understand the views of European United Methodists about the results of the 2018 General Conference. Read more

Perspectives

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Wesleyan/UMC

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This is the second installment in an occasional series of articles from UM & Global comparing the different ways in which Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church structure themselves as global bodies. Read more

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Climate Buttons

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UM & Global provides a round-up of recent United Methodist resources on caring for God's creation. Read more

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Yambasu

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Movement toward financial independence among West African annual conferences shows both preparation for a possible United Methodist split and for greater control of their future ministry, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Puzzle Solved

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global laments the dearth of global perspectives at the recent scholars' conference on church unity and human sexuality, because the missing views could offer a path out of the current U.S.-polarized stances. Read more

A Way Forward

Ethnic Caucuses Meet

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The UMC has experienced significant overall membership declines over the past two decades, but these have come entirely from the net loss of white members, while United Methodist membership among people of color has grown significantly. Read more

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Immigration Rally

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Dr. David W. Scott, curator for the UM & Global collaborative blog, gathers a list of United Methodist responses to the United States immigration ban Read more

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Chicken Talking to Duck

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If mission is, at least in part, about crossing cultural boundaries, then this raises an important question: What counts as a cultural boundary? asks Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. Read more

Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott speculates on what will be the top issues for The United Methodist Church in the coming year. Read more

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Earthkeepers

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Dr. David W. Scott explains the significance of the recently commissioned class of Earthkeepers related to United Methodist Global Ministries. Read more

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Poverty

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Dr. David W. Scott, curator of UM & Global, continues his examination of the confusion about the United Methodist mission statement, focusing on church programming versus genuine spiritual transformation. Read more

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Megachurch

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The United Methodist mission statement of "making disciples" often gets misinterpreted by Americans to mean solely increasing church members rather than helping people develop strong spiritual lives, writes David W. Scott. Read more

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African Delegation

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines the reasons why he thinks African United Methodists will have political control of the proposed special General Conference to vote on whatever comes from the Commission on a Way Forward. Read more

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Malaysia Beach

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Dr. David W. Scott examines how the Methodist movement expanded in places such as Southeast Asia through cooperation among different Wesleyan churches. Read more

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David W. Scott finds that American United Methodists have lost their historic gift of making space in their ranks for many different racial and ethnic constituents – a loss that puts the UMC at odds with the country's changing nature. Read more

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Season of Creation

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Christians of many traditions will join in a worldwide observance Sept. 1 - Oct. 4 to highlight God's creation of the world and the imperative for humans to take better care of it, writes David W. Scott of UM & Global. Read more

Global Health

Building off recent posts by Dr. Robert Hunt, David W. Scott explores how changes in American society and economy are affecting The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of the collaborative blog UM & Global reminds us that the special commission on the Council of Bishops' "A Way Forward" proposal will consider more than the debate over human sexuality. Read more

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Desert Church

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Inspired by Darryl Stephens' current series "Future Prospects," David W. Scott looks at the missional aspect of closing declining U.S. congregations. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott offers a reading list on how The United Methodist Church plans to continue its mission to improve health for people, especially children, worldwide. Read more

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