Human sexuality is a central characteristic, but there are other factors equally important to consider if the UMC is to be truly inclusive, writes the Rev. Rebecca L. Holland. Read more


Her experience with the John Wesley Fellows convinced the Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker that it's possible to hold differing opinions without breaking apart The United Methodist Church. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

United Methodists hold varied definitions of what “unity” means, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds stark contrasts in what these various definitions of unity look like. Read more

Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

God’s YES is uncomfortable because it reminds each of us that the people who are outside our social circle or preferred circle are nonetheless welcomed by God in equal portion to ourselves, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

Loving Neighbor

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Scholar David N. Field contends that theological diversity poses no threat to the core of Methodism, which proclaims the radical transforming grace of God that enables us to love God and our neighbors. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Diverse Table

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How can we find our way forward in unity without expecting uniformity? asks the Rev. Mike Slaughter. Read more

Practicing Faith

2012 General Conference Delegates

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As delegates prepare for the 2016 General Conference, Bonnie Marden of the New England Annual conference suggests there are already mechanisms in the Book of Discipline to resolve the debate over human sexuality and other diversities. Read more

GC Archive 1 Comments

The Rev. Laurie Haller believes that The United Methodist Church is poised to make an enormous difference in the world -- if it embraces the diverse roots that have allowed Christianity to take root and grow. Read more


Religious Diversity

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The latest Pew Research Center findings show The United Methodist Church as one of the whitest denominations in America, and that's a big problem for its global nature, writes David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

Fort Ginghamsburg

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With eight in 10 American churches composed of a homogenous racial group, the Rev. Mike Slaughter is more concerned about Christian attitudes toward segregation within our churches than he isrelieved by the growth in diversity Read more


European Conference

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The Central and Southern Europe Conferences of the United Methodist Church focus on God's invitation to all to come to Christ's table. Read more

Global Nature

Good Shepherd Banner

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The Rev. Talbot Davis writes that his pastorate at a racially diverse United Methodist church in Charlotte, N.C., hinges on a single cause: lifting up Jesus. Read more



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Even before the recent UMC panel discussion on same-gender sexuality, Christians have had a lot of respectful attitudes and behaviors upon which they could agree, even if they disagree on the topic, writes Craig L. Adams. Read more

Advocating Justice


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Continuing his survey of the United Methodist blogosphere, Prof. David W. Scott finds that representation on, is better balanced than around the general online environment. Read more

Global Nature

What Role Should Ethnic Plans Play in the UMC's Future?

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David W. Scott finds that United Methodist missions executive Thomas Kemper makes excellent connections among the various U.S. racial-ethnic ministry plans and ministry around the world. Read more

Global Nature

35 Dumb Things

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Open Mouth, Insert Foot

The Rev. Dan R. Dick recommends a new book as a way for Christians to improve their speech to be less hurtful. Read more

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