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UM & Global

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

Global Nature

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

Views from a Ridge

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

UMC Future

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

Perspectives

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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Dr. David W. Scott looks at two possible scenarios: What would happen if all U.S. subsidies were to stop through complete separation from the current denominational system, and what would happen if U.S. subsidies were to decline by a third. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott offers some additional reflections on how much money the central conferences collect and how that compares to the amount of U.S. financial support for central conference ministry. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott looks at the context of salaries for United Methodist clergy in Africa. Read more

Global Nature

It's hard to calculate precisely how much United Methodists in the United States send to Europe, Africa and Asia, but Dr. David W. Scott reliably estimates it's tens of millions of dollars every year. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott examines the many ways – including their "fair share" apportionments" – that American United Methodists support missions and ministries in the UMC's Central Conferences. Read more

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Women have risen to important places of United Methodist ministry on the Africa continent, writes the Rev. Jacqueline Ngoy Mwayuma. Read more

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Rev. Blair Trygstad Stowe continues her analysis of the UMC's global connection and offers suggestions for using its historical resources to fashion a new worldwide denomination. Read more

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Central Conference structures outside of the United States pre-date the uniquely American Jurisdictional structure as the level of regional organizing between the Annual and the General Conference. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott ponders whether the desire to be a world-wide denomination is grounded in peculiarly American experiences of and assumptions about the world and the church. Read more

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As the turmoil in United Methodism continues, Dr. David W. Scott examines the various ways that worldwide denominations organize themselves. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global crunches the numbers on where the United Methodist Church is growing and declining worldwide. 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

Local Church

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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