The Wesley Bros are pondering the Grinch-like effect of the UMC's turmoils on this year's giving campaigns in local churches. Read more

UMC Future

A new nationally representative study finds that revenue is not necessarily declining along with religious attendance. Read more

Local Church 1 Comments

The Rev. Jason Valendy finds that giving, as a spiritual discipline, challenges him to think carefully about where he puts his financial support. Read more

Practicing Faith 1 Comments

It's hard to calculate precisely how much United Methodists in the United States send to Europe, Africa and Asia, but Dr. David W. Scott reliably estimates it's tens of millions of dollars every year. Read more

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Religion historian Martin Marty compares recent trends in charitable giving with the tax reform legislation headed for approval in Congress. Read more

Finance and Administration

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Inspired by a recent book, Dr. David W. Scott imagines how United Methodist mission giving might reduce dependency if it were reshaped along the lines of the "Nordic theory of love." Read more

Global Nature

The popular Christmas project of Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization actually corrupts everything that Christmas should mean and be, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more



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The Rev. Christy Thomas finds that true compassion focuses on what people need to receive, not on what others want to give. Read more

Christy Thomas


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This Advent marks United Methodist Insight's second anniversary of anticipating God's future for The United Methodist Church, and offers a time for readers to support the forum through prayers and gifts. Read more