Our church and society are permeated with lies, half-truths and deceptions, but the way of Jesus is to tell the truth, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more


The General Commission on Religion and Race releases the fourth entry in the Vital Conversations series of video studies for local congregations. more

Local Church

LGBTQ Demonstrators

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The Rev. Gilbert Vieira opposes the "One Church" unity model because he thinks The United Methodist Church should be more "forthright and principled" about its support for LGBTQ people. more

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A bill to redefine religious freedom beyond the First Amendment actually attempts to codify discrimination against LGBTQ people, writes a prominent rights activist. more


John Pavlovitz's experience with organized institutional religion has led him to ask pointed, uncomfortable questions about U.S. Christianity that have gained him a wide following for his blog. more

In the World

Birds Mennonite Exit

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The largest conference of the Mennonite Church, which treats homosexual behavior as sin, has left the denomination over growing acceptance of LGBTQ relationships. more

In the World

Foundry LGBT Celebration

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Former seminary president Barbara G. Wheeler objects to the premise and methods of a new group, Church Clarity, that seeks to rate churches according to their acceptance of LGBTQ people. more


Rainbow blooms

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In the last of the three parts, the Rev. Jeremy Smith that he can support Uniting Methodists for now, waiting to see whether its final proposal supports full inclusion or maintains exclusion of LGBTQ+ people. more

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Fault Likes

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After a week of online posts about the newly formed Uniting Methodists Movement, the Rev. Jeremy Smith offers a three-part series on how he, an LGBTQ+ ally, worked through implications of the new entry into the UMC's sexuality debate. more

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In the second of three parts, the Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the biblical passages that shape progressive views on human sexuality and how to determine when God is doing a new thing. more

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Small Groups Way Forward

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The United Methodist Church is wasting money and people power much needed elsewhere on the far-flung meetings of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant more

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Bible with Cross Shadow

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The Rev. William Alberts tackles the inconsistencies in both the Bible and the Book of Discipline that underlie The United Methodist Church's stances against LGBTQ people. more

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Izzy Alvaran

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Conferences cannot exempt candidates from UMC ban on ordaining LGBTQ people, says Judicial Council. more

Finance and Administration

Wage Gap

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith tackles the four current sexuaity terms that are used interchangeably, but inaccurately. more

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Queer Pride

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Seeking an antidote for what he calls "toxic Christianity," the Rev. Morgan Guyton proposes that getting a sense of being God's beloved -- which is something LGBTQI people learn when they accept themselves -- offers a key to faith. more

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Pulse Club SWAT

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton, who describes himself as a "progressive evangelical," offers counsel on how best conservative evangelicals can respond to the Orlando nightclub shooting. more

Practicing Faith

Washington DC Vigil for Orlando

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Religious systems that condemn homosexuality such as The United Methodist Church ought to frame their ethical questions the way Jesus did, not on some weak biblical passages, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. more

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Eric Folkerth

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In a video showing Northaven UMC's "It's Time" supporters, the Rev. Eric Folkerth urges delegates to the 2016 General Conference to choose the simplest method to fully include LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. more

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Unity dolls

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The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders how delegates to the 2016 General Conference can make decisions that will foster unity and keep The United Methodist Church from splitting apart. more

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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. more

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