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Playground Sand Pit

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Playgrounds and Country Clubs offer insights into the centered and bounded sets of Christianity, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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How did a $7 million dollar congregation leave The United Methodist Church by only paying $69,000? The deal is just absurd, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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While deploring cultural accommodation, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has embraced some of the worst aspects of American culture, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. This week: hypocrisy. Read more

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Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. Read more

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Injustice Scales

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The denomination’s Supreme Court could violate one of Methodism’s core principles in order to throw out a gay bishop, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Empire is obsessed with names and uses them to legitimize all forms of brutality, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith in a Christian critique of recent U.S. foreign policy actions. Read more

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Race and Ethnicity

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A recent hit piece Good News had on racial analysis reveals a lot about how data is twisted to promote self-serving narratives. Read more

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Wesleyanism is two things, not one, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, and those two characteristics are often at odds with one another. Read more

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Two Clocks

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Are we playing dirty or abiding in prayer in this interim time, while we await the results of the Commission on a Way Forward? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Money and Time

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What does the current U.S. administration’s budget mean for people of faith? asks the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Online diploma

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After observing academics in their natural habitat, the struggle between academics and online communities became more clear, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Old TV

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For a caucus that claims majority appeal, money, and momentum, why does the Wesleyan Covenant Association share falsehoods instead of naming and claiming what they are really about? Read more

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Car Steering Wheel

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith offers three ways for Christians to cope with difficulty in the world around us. Read more

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Church politics, economics, and leverage paint a rather dramatic picture of this moment playing out in Mississippi, America, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Broken Cross & Flame

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News that two congregations in Mississippi have applied to leave The United Methodist Church prompts the Rev. Jeremy Smith to examine who really will be harmed by the congregations' departure. It's not who you may think. Read more

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Free BOD

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For six years, one of the Rev. Jeremy Smith's projects in The United Methodist Church has been to free our doctrine, polity, and social statements from their paywalls. Recently, the project took two steps forward … and one step back. Read more

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Newsies

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For almost 100 years, Methodists have believed in Fake News that has not stood the test of time, and it's past time to uncover the truth, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Independence Day

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Progressive America – including progressive Christians – aren't going simply to fade away under the new administration that came into office on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2017, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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As the inauguration of Donald Trump nears, the Rev. Jeremy Smith ponders Professional Wrestling, Confirmation hearings, ethics disclosures, and how politics can poison the well of the Church. Read more

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Frozen Portland

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In the aftermath of a major winter storm, the Rev. Jeremy Smith reflects on replacing a sense of isolation with one of camaraderie on a snow day – and in seeking justice. Read more

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With the help of a Virginia clergy colleague, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds unsavory, if not downright unethical, connections between an independent church plant and the Wesleyan Covenant Association. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares guidelines developed by the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference on how to actively resist the Traditional Plan. Read more

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Annual Conferences that haven’t seen a progressive delegate to General Conference since FOREVER are sending half or more of their delegations from the progressive/centrist coalition. The Rev. Jeremy Smith plumbs its meaning. Read more

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Surveys and discussion group results in the Western Jurisdiction are showing some pathways that could help The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith reports on his experience attending the UMC Next conference May 20-22 at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Read more

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Participants at Our Movement Forward who are also attending the UM-Next gathering prepared a document outlining their definitions of harm, grace and accountability for church meetings. Read more

Perspectives 4 Comments

The word "practicing" – omitted from some GC2019 legislation – has a deep and significant meaning for the United Methodist Church's ministry with LGBTQ people, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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United Methodist progressives, centrists and LGBTQ-friendly evangelicals need to study the 15-year history of traditionalist efforts to take over the UMC before deciding whether to stay or go, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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After a spurt of Progressives in favor of setting up a new denomination, the Rev. Jeremy Smith makes a case for staying in the United Methodist Church. Read more

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Members of the Nordic and Baltic Central Conference have followed Germany's lead in refusing to enact the Traditional Plan adopted by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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Hacking Christianity blog has collected a list of institutional responses to the passage of the Traditional Plan by the 2019 General Conference Read more

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Hacking Christianity invites readers to take a survey in which they can give Western Jurisdiction leaders information about supporting progressive United Methodists beyond is boundaries. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith unpacks efforts to globalize enforcement of the Discipline through the Traditional(ist) Plan. Read more

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The Methodist Church's handling of divorce in the mid-20th century shows that a model like the One Church Plan can work, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Seen from a political perspective, the Traditional(ist) Plan looks a lot like realigning the UMC to gain overwhelming voting power at General Conference, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

The Rev. Jeremy Smith has recovered evidence of a long-term strategy on the part of Good News to either capture or dissolve The United Methodist Church. Read more

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A Northern Illinois Pensions Board study confirms the Rev. Jeremy Smith's interpretation of the impact of the Traditional(ist) Plan on clergy retirements. Read more

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Humans make sense of their world through stories, so the Rev. Jeremy Smith asks what stories we need to be telling, in an installment from "Cross Over," a study series in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. Read more

Practicing Faith

New findings from Wespath, the pension and benefits agency of The United Methodist Church, show that adopting the "Modified Traditional" Plan will deprive clergy of significant retirement benefits, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

A sudden interest in the Connectional Conferences Plan of the Way Forward report – the most complex of options – raise suspicions for the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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