Bishop Michael McKee points to United Methodist social doctrines in condemning recent violence against transgender women in the greater Dallas area. Read more


Is it worth holding on when our personal convictions of liberating love are being held in Egypt? Or is it time for us to plan our Exodus and dismantle forms of oppression and injustice in whatever forms they present themselves? asks Zach Nell. Read more

UMC Future

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Bishop Karen Oliveto finds that the cost of discipleship is a continuing process of discernment, action, evaluation and celebration that few of us attempt. Read more

Practicing Faith

NT Wright

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Popular author NT Wright's recent comments on transgender people get a critical examination from the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

M Barclay commissioned

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The Rev. M Barclay is the first openly “non-binary trans person” to become a United Methodist deacon, according to Reconciling Ministries Network. Read more

Ordained Ministry 2 Comments

Some 220 United Methodists are among 1,800 signers of a "friend of the court" brief supporting the first transgender rights lawsuit to go before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Advocating Justice

Transgender Memorial

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Four articles on from The Conversation, a scholarly website, lay out the controversy around Transgender issues in education, AKA "bathroom bills," now that President Trump has rescinded previous protection. Read more


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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United Methodist congregations are notably absent from lists of resources for Americans who are being harassed for their race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality or other factors, so Insight wants to find out more, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Jesus Loves Me

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Hearing advocates of a transgender "bathroom law" sing "Jesus Loves Me" to drown out protesters spurs the Rev. Morgan Guyton to some sharp criticism of "kindergarten level" faith. Read more

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Pat McCrory

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The Rev. Dr. William C. Trench finds that North Carolina's new law requiring transgender people to use cisgender-assigned public restrooms harms a group of people already wounded by society's dualistic gender roles. Read more

Advocating Justice

Amber Monroe

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The killing of a transgender woman known to her church prompts the Rev. Laurie Haller to demand justice for the small community of transgender people. Read more

Advocating Justice

Leelah Alcorn

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The death of transgendered Leelah Alcorn prompts the Rev. Andy Bryan to ponder the nature of God's unconditional love. Read more

Advocating Justice