LGBT discrimination

Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ say they've been so hurt by the church's policies regarding people of sexual minorities that they can't stay any longer. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Supporters of the Simple Plan acknowledge the legislation faces long odds at the special General Conference next month. Nonetheless, they hope the proposal will help shape the UMC's way forward. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Tanzania's crackdown on LGBT people is rooted partly in the influence of evangelical and pentecostal religious groups. Read more

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Rainbow flag and blue skies

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Conservative evangelicals' 14-point statement on gender draws immediate pushback from progressives and other evangelicals. Read 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. Read more

Perspectives 7 Comments

Phil Wogaman Surrenders

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In an on-site account, the Rev. Erik Alsgaard reports on the circumstances around Dr. J. Philip Wogaman surrendering his clergy credentials in protest of United Methodist law banning the ordination of LGBTQ people. Read more

Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

A leaked copy of President Trump's proposed executive order on religious freedom shows it may violate the U.S. Constitution, say legal experts. Its language may also imperil United Methodism's "freedom of the pulpit" and Social Principles. Read more

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Losing Influence

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A national survey shows that Americans think many groups will lose influence in the new federal administration, but some United Methodists remain committed to spreading love and seeking justice. Read more

Views from a Ridge

Greg Dell

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Surrounded by his family, the Rev. Gregory Dell died Oct. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., after battling Parkinson's disease for more than a decade. Read more

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Pulse Club SWAT

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The Rev. William Alberts examines the Orlando shootings at a gay nightclub in the light of past actions by Christian denominations around America. Read more

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If Then

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith ponders the ways in which religions may have played significant roles in the Orlando shootings at a gay-friendly nightclub where more than 100 people were shot and half of them died. Read more

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San Francisco Pride

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton won't use polite metaphors for believers who reject LGBTQ people, because he has benefited from the godly example of lesbians who led him to faith in Jesus Christ. Read more

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Africa Pride

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the reasons why Zimbabwe wasn't chosen to host the first General Conference outside the United States. Read more

Global Nature

Holy Conversations

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United Methodist leaders aren't asking the better question when it comes to human sexuality discussions at General Conference, writes the Rev. Dr. William Trench. Read more

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LGBTQ Demonstrators

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The General Commission on the General Conference seeks more productive ways for delegates to discuss the church's stances regarding homosexuality. Read more

In the Church

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The furor over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration – seen by critics as granting businesses license to discriminate against LGBTQ people – reflects The United Methodist Church's own dilemma over its anti-LGBTQ stances. Read more

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The Rev. Chris Ritter critiques a proposal from the Connectional Table to keep the UMC's anti-LGBT language but removal penalties for clergy who violate the stances. Read more

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LGBTQ Acceptance

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The Pew Research Center recently compiled a chart of current standings among American Christian churches on their acceptance or rejection of same-gender marriage. Read more

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Violence Problem

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Responding to incidents of violence around the world, Bishop Peggy A. Johnson of the Philadelphia Area challenges Christians to pursue the way of peace despite the temptations to respond with force. Read more


Conscientious objection, not schism, is the true Methodist way of dealing with disagreements over moral and ethical issues, contends the Rev. Jerry Eckert. Read more

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