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Tower of Babel

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If we care about mission, how can we foster innovation in the rigid United Methodist Church, asks Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

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Despite strong resistance to the idea at the 2016 General Conference, United Methodist leaders say that some kind of U.S. structure will be needed to implement the expected global Book of Discipline in 2020. Read more

Finance and Administration

The Rev. Christy Thomas, AKA Thoughtful Pastor, explains the arcane world of United Methodist governance and how an openly lesbian pastor was elected a bishop of the church. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of the collaborative blog UM & Global reminds us that the special commission on the Council of Bishops' "A Way Forward" proposal will consider more than the debate over human sexuality. Read more

Global Nature

As United Methodism begins to look at reorganizing, Dr. David W. Scott ponders on what factors the global denomination's structure should be changed. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith recaps in a one-post primer his commentaries on “big picture” structural proposals for the United Methodist Church to be considered at General Conference 2016 coming May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. Read more

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Debating Plan UMC

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Plan UMC proponents, opponents and others concerned with the church's future weigh in on whether restructuring the denomination will achieve vitality in local congregations, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

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Toxic Secret Door

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith, a critic of Plan UMC, reflects on what the Judicial Council's deferral of a ruling on the proposal's constitutionality may mean for The United Methodist Church. Read more

Finance and Administration

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant imagines how the late Apple founder and innovator Steve Jobs might approach the multiple challenges facing today's United Methodist Church Read more

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Examining the current state of The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Christy Thomas prescribes some exercises intended to help it lose the weight of its overbearing church structure and rules. Read more

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If our system is designed to produce the results we're getting, then perhaps it's time to examine what results we truly desire and build a different system, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

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Flat UMC

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The Rev. Chris Ritter proposes five guidelines to "flatten" the organizational structure of The United Methodist Church. Read more


NEJ Plan

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The Rev. Chris Ritter critiques a restructure proposal proposed by a Northeastern Jurisdiction task force. Read more

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Emotional First Aid

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A TED talk by psychologist Guy Winch awakens Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle to the United Methodist Church's need for "emotional first aid." Read more

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Its "big tent" of competing interests actually weakens The United Methodist Church's institution by drawing it away from what should be its center -- Jesus Christ, writes the Rev. Drew B. McIntyre. Read more


The Rev. Jeremy Smith evaluates various proposals for the UMC to resolve its current conflicts and make substantive changes in its structure. Read more

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Define Elephant

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The latest skirmish in United Methodism's all-out war with itself shows how we need to shift the debate from our personal rules of engagement to collective spiritual discernment. Read more

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Discipline Wesley

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A consultation on United Methodist ministry brings the Rev. Jim Parsons to a revelation: it makes sense to create a Global Discipline that defines United Methodist identity, but leaves church polity and administration to regional authority. Read more

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Dr. Hendrik Pieterse of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary examines the role of The United Methodist Church's mission document, "Grace Upon Grace," in the midst of its current conflicts. Read more


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Rather than breaking up, The United Methodist Church has an opportunity to transform itself by acting more like two digital devices that use similar but not identical operating systems, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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