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The Evangelisch-metodistische Kirke (EmK) im Schweiz (United Methodist Church in Switzerland) recently announced an "innovation prize" for those with ideas about how the church can connect to people who have no previous connection to Christianity Read more

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UM & Global begins an occasional series on the differences among Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church, curated by Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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The collaborative blog UM & Global recommends a series of webinars on evangelism today, produced by the World Council of Churches. Read more

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The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to a church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther intended to reform the Catholic Church, but instead he sparked the Protestant Reformation. Read more

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UM & Global, the collaborative blog of United Methodist Professors of Mission, is inviting scholarly reflections on a document about the nature of the church approved by the 2016 General Conference. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains how the United Methodist Church owns its assets. Read more

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Amid the denomination's turmoil, lots of positive things happened around United Methodist mission in 2019, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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The document “Sent in Love,” maps the heritage of Wesleyan, Methodists, and Evangelical United Brethren including a shared missional imperative, writes Dr. Laceye Warner. Read more

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Short-term mission is one way that United Methodist lay people seek to address human needs together in response to God’s presence in their own lives and in the lives of others in the world, writes the Rev. Lisa Beth White. Read more

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United Methodist short-term mission has, from the very beginning, been a practice in which lay people have let their personal salvation lead them into involvement in Christian mission. Read more

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In his final installment, Dr. David W. Scott outlines the dangers of failing to maintain group cohesion using elements such as identity and core values. Read more

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UM & Global blogmaster Dr. David W. Scott has compiled a set of background readings on the crisis against the Philippines council of churches. Read more

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For the Philippines UMC, revival, unity, and mission go together. One can best see the connection between these three theological concepts in the Revive events held in the Philippines, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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European Methodist, Wesleyan and United/Uniting churches – including the UMC – adopt promises to practice ways to limit human effects on climate change. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott finds a recent split in the UMC in the Philippines instructive for what's now going on across the global United Methodist Church. Read more

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International mission work is becoming increasingly centered in local United Methodist congregations that are not using the denominational connections available to them. Read more

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Short-term mission volunteers participate according to a set of guidelines led by the understanding that they are fulfilling God's mission, not their own. Read more

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Thinking of mission as helping programs is limited, because it makes us miss the breadth of God’s mission in the world and the full spiritual significance of joining in that mission, writes Dr. David W., Scott. Read more

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The quiet you hear is the sound of many United Methodists pushing to get their petitions to General Conference 2020 by the Sept. 18 deadline. What's lacking in many cases is input from United Methodists outside the United States. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott summarizes recent discussions in Central and Southern Europe conferences about the future of the United Methodist Church. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott recommends two more presentations from the UM Scholars conference – this time about the relationships between U.S. United Methodists and those in Europe, Africa and Asia. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global recommends watching a Norwegian scholar's presentation to understand the views of European United Methodists about the results of the 2018 General Conference. Read more


With thorough research, Dr. David W. Scott finds that WCA’s offer to save endangered Central Conference ministries may sound great, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money funneled through official UMC channels. Read more

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"Flat Earthers" cite shared identity, beliefs, practices, and motivations, which is the realm of religion, writes Dr. David W. Scott. So how do we get them to consider Christianity? Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott gives United Methodists a look at the foundational skills that missionaries should have, along with a link to a noted scholar's presentation on the development of world Christianity. Read more

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