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Thomas H. Griffith

In a revision of an earlier article, the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith outlines the inequities of United Methodist polity that has helped to create its current political turmoil. Read more

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Rev. Thomas Griffith encourages United Methodists to remember that the denomination's constitution – along with Robert's Rules of Order – can serve to slow or stop legislation from General Conference. Read more

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An experienced church jurist, the Rev. Thomas Griffith cautions that bringing church complaints against Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't likely to produce a beneficial outcome. Read more

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Court Rings Illustration

A UMNS photo illustration with photos by Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and Clayton Childers

The real dangers from the Judicial Council's rulings on LGBT issues isn't what appears on the surface, but something that sets a threatening precedent, writes the Rev. Thomas Griffith. Read more

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Recent debates over actions in the Western and Northeastern Jurisdictions regarding United Methodist stances on human sexuality overlook a lot of history that has framed the theological thinking in those regions, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith Read more

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Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

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A "friend of the court" brief submitted by the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a retired elder, challenges the authority of the South Central Jurisdiction's petition to the church's high court to nullify the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read more

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Split Church

Photo Courtesy of Craig L. Adams

Breaking up The United Methodist Church would be a lot harder to do than dividing over theology or social, writes polity expert Thomas H. Griffith. Read more

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LGBTQ Demonstrators

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

There's no way to avoid resolving a hard fact: for The United Methodist Church to become truly global, all sides of the debate on homosexuality must give up their all-or-nothing orthodoxies, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith. Read more

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Frank Schaefer

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Despite criticisms to the contrary, the United Methodist judicial system worked properly in the appeals committee ruling reinstating the Rev. Frank Schaefer, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a longtime advocate in church trial proceedings. Read more

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Phil Robertson

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Rather than dismissing the media firestorm over the anti-gay and racist remarks of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, liberal Christians ought to use the opportunity to get over their fear of conservatives, writes the Rev. Thomas Griffith. Read more

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Talbert at RMN

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The Rev. Thomas H. Griffith outlines why a procedure known as "just resolution" -- a step that comes before a church trial in the Book of Discipline -- would be a better solution in the complaint being brought against retired Bishop Mel Talbert. Read more

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Recent Supreme Court decisions on marriage really don't affect The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith. Read more

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Court Rings Illustration

A UMNS photo illustration with photos by Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and Clayton Childers

The real dangers from the Judicial Council's rulings on LGBT issues isn't what appears on the surface, but something that sets a threatening precedent, writes the Rev. Thomas Griffith. Read more

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Recent debates over actions in the Western and Northeastern Jurisdictions regarding United Methodist stances on human sexuality overlook a lot of history that has framed the theological thinking in those regions, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith Read more

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Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

United Methodist News Service Photo

A "friend of the court" brief submitted by the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a retired elder, challenges the authority of the South Central Jurisdiction's petition to the church's high court to nullify the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read more

Finance and Administration 10 Comments

Split Church

Photo Courtesy of Craig L. Adams

Breaking up The United Methodist Church would be a lot harder to do than dividing over theology or social, writes polity expert Thomas H. Griffith. Read more

Finance and Administration 9 Comments

LGBTQ Demonstrators

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

There's no way to avoid resolving a hard fact: for The United Methodist Church to become truly global, all sides of the debate on homosexuality must give up their all-or-nothing orthodoxies, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith. Read more

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Mikita signing

Photo Courtesy of Eric Folkerth

The Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a United Methodist clergyman with long experience in advocating church law, examines the decisions in the case of Ginny Mikita and finds epic failure all around--and a conundrum for The United Methodist Church as a whole. Read more

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