Institute on Religion and Democracy

Adam Hamilton endorses #ResistHarm movement; Mark Holland warns against IRD fundraising. Read more

UMC Future 5 Comments

The Rev. Anna Blaedel, targeted by the Institute on Religion and Democracy as a "self-avowed practicing homosexual," has agreed to a "just resolution" that essentially removes her from United Methodist ministry. Read more

Ordained Ministry 5 Comments

Keyboard Delete

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith traces the history of conservative forces in The United Methodist Church that have led to the creation of the schismatic Wesleyan Covenant Association. Read more

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A recent article by a Texas pastor in a conservative newsletter has a mighty familiar ring to it, writes the Rev. Dr. William C. Trench. Read more

Perspectives 9 Comments

Traditionalist groups requested a meeting with the bishops, which took place in private after previously being announced as a public gathering. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Jesus Before Pilate

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Facing the "significant ambiguity" between what is and what will be lies a reassuring gospel truth: God's love is infinite, as Jesus taught, and those who practice it form Christ's church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

The Wesleyan Covenant Association people, who now have gotten their hopes fulfilled by continued exclusion of the LGBTQIA community, will be delighted to make sure the African church stays fully funded, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more


Layman Pete Fleming was drawn to The United Methodist Church because of its history, theology, and practices, and now he fears it will be destroyed by right-wing political forces. Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

A battle of competing agendas for the 2019 Special General Conference is coming before the United Methodist Judicial Council, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

UMW Speak

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Yes, I make mistakes, and I try to correct them and keep going. Read more

Views from a Ridge 7 Comments

Left Turn

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith makes a case that the Connectional Table -- the UMC's ministry planning and coordinating agency -- isn't biased as some people claim. Read more

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The North Texas Annual Conference passes a resolution asking the Institute on Religion and Democracy to cease using a 160,000-name mailing list it purchased from the now-defunct UMR Communications Inc. Read more



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The Institute on Religion & Democracy's UMAction committee angered dozens of United Methodists by using a subscriber list purchased from a defunct church newspaper to send a letter targeting a "renegade bishop." Read more

In the Church 5 Comments

Mark Tooley

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It's Time for Mark Tooley to Quit Bullying Stanley Hauerwas and Other Pacifists

The criticisms of Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, reflect none of the characteristics that scripture says make for Christian community, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Sep 13, 2013 12:24 PM Morgan Guyton 2 Comments

What do you do when someone smears your professional reputation with exaggerations and outright misstatements? Cynthia B. Astle responds to recent comments by the IRD. Read more

Views from a Ridge 4 Comments