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James C. Howell

Bible glasses

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The Rev. James C. Howell tells why he thinks that a split is neither inevitable nor advisable for The United Methodist Church. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Dallas Shooting

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Thoughts and prayers aren't enough to get American society out of gun violence, says the Rev. James Howell. It's time to act -- decisively. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

The Rev. James C. Howell reminds United Methodists that the idea that General Conference is not the church is a relief, and cause for hope. Read more

GC Archive

Medieval Torture

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton analyzes the opposing perspectives of two Southeastern Jurisdiction clergyman on the tasks of a United Methodist bishop. Read more

Finance and Administration

BOD Cover

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What if we viewed the Book of Discipline not as a set of laws to be enforced, but as a collection of ideas for further conversation? asks the Rev. Dr. James C. Howell. Read more

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The Rev. James C. Howell dreams of a United Methodist Church where people across the theological spectrum genuinely love one another, where robust disagreement is celebrated, and where human sexuality isn't "the thing." Read more

UMC Future

The Traditional Plan adopted by the 2019 General Conference is misnamed, because it is not of God and perpetuates toxic forms of "tradition," writes the Rev. James C. Howell. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

The Rev. James C. Howell pleads for delegates to embrace a wide and deep understanding of God and the church at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

For the Rev. James C. Howell, a self-confessed "Bible guy," scripture gives clear evidence that Jesus Christ's intention is for all to be welcomed in the Church, including LGBTQ+ people. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Painful as the Rev. Rob Renfroe's words are to many United Methodists he considers friends, the Rev. James C. Howell still wants to him to be a part of The United Methodist Church. Read more

Perspectives 18 Comments

As we pray for the work of Commission on A Way Forward, the Rev. James C. Howell says he finds himself pondering the practical implications of a church split, and his ruminations aren't encouraging. Read more

A Way Forward 10 Comments

Bible glasses

Photo Courtesy of James Howell

The Rev. James C. Howell tells why he thinks that a split is neither inevitable nor advisable for The United Methodist Church. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Dallas Shooting

Photo Courtesy of James C. Howell

Thoughts and prayers aren't enough to get American society out of gun violence, says the Rev. James Howell. It's time to act -- decisively. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

The Rev. James C. Howell reminds United Methodists that the idea that General Conference is not the church is a relief, and cause for hope. Read more

GC Archive

BOD Cover

Photo Courtesy of James C. Howell

What if we viewed the Book of Discipline not as a set of laws to be enforced, but as a collection of ideas for further conversation? asks the Rev. Dr. James C. Howell. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Blocking Westboro Baptist Protest

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The Rev. James C. Howell proposes alternative ways of thinking about the Bible and the church's response to people of homosexual orientation in light of recent events regarding same-sex marriage. Read more

In the Church 3 Comments