sexual misconduct

Donald Heckman can no longer present himself as a United Methodist clergyman or perform ministerial duties. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Resolution of complaints of sexual misconduct against the Rev. Donald "Bud" Heckman show how unjust the United Methodist system is to victims of sexual aggressions, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith

On the wave of the #MeToo movement and the accusations of sexual misconduct against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, United Methodists learn how to "do no harm" when it comes to handling sexual ethics complaints. Read more

Finance and Administration

A recent poll showed that a majority of white evangelical Christian respondents believed that verified sexual assault shouldn't disqualify someone from public office – a disturbing finding, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area offers United Methodist some guidelines for making safe space for sexual assault survivors to tell their stories and begin healing. Read more


Religion scholar Simran Jeet Singh, a Sikh, finds patriarchy permeates both society and religion because men like him have failed to realize its existence. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Women's advocate and Christian Jules Woodson recounts her own experience of sexual assault in church to describe what it's like when someone is attacked and then not believed. Read more


Leaders from annual conferences will receive training in October on how to process sexual misconduct complaints in ways that are sensitive and equitable for both victims and alleged abusers. Read more

Advocating Justice

So what does the Bible have to do with putting sexual predators in office? Everything, says the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas, because biblical teachings have perpetuated an unjust system in which only men have power. Read more


Pope Francis

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The conspiracy of silence around sexual misconduct in the church is as much an evil work as the abuse itself, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more


Finding out that a beloved spiritual leader has committed a sexual sin leaves a deep wound that takes a long time to heal, say religion experts. Read more

Local Church

Values of morality, truth and kindness matter because they form the kind of human society in which differences can be celebrated and all are trusted, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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If the sex scandals at Willow Creek Community Church have shown anything, it's that all church leaders need accountability, confession and repentance, writes columnist Jacob Lupfer. Read more


Among other factors, the survey found that clergy, laity and church employees experienced fewer incidents of sexual misconduct since 2005. Read more

Advocating Justice

United Methodist leaders pledge to "do the right thing" with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in the church, along with providing resources to reduce abusive behaviors. Read more

Advocating Justice

The Church needs to take stock of its treatment of clergywomen in light of the #MeToo movement, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith

Barna Group editor Roxanne Stone interviews Open Doors CEO David Curry about his organization's latest survey on the faith and sexual persecution facing Christian women around the world. Read more

Mary Ann Swenson

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While she applauds the #MeToo movement for breaking the silence around sexual harassment, retired United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson cautions that gender justice must respond to women's needs in varied contexts. Read more

Advocating Justice

Evangelical Christianity's patriarchal culture so demeans and demoralizes women that they have no problem voting for a man whose sexual predations are outrageous and offensive, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

Christy Thomas

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Now is the time for all religions in the United States to lift up their common values that can change morally corrupt lives: Love God and love our neighbors as ourselves, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more