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The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper explains the theological method by which he wrote his latest book, "Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality." Read more

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A board member for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Iowa said it would be "naive" to think that the conflict over LGBTQ acceptance wasn't behind recent higher education funding cutbacks in the Iowa Annual Conference. Read more

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African Bishops 2019

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The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota writes that African United Methodists have awakened to U.S. manipulation of their General Conference votes as a means to break up the church, and they're having none of it. Read more

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Like their African counterparts, United Methodist bishops in the Philippines have publicly opposed any division of The United Methodist Church. 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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Africa Bishops 2019

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African United Methodist bishops say they won't allow others to decide the future of The United Methodist Church on the African continent. Read more

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First UMC Moheto in Kenya joined the Reconciling Ministries Network by a unanimous vote because it seeks human rights and equality for all, said its pastor. Read more

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Fierce though we might think our battle about splitting the UMC over homosexuality, the Rev. James C. Howell finds our discourse shallow, vapid and lacking the theological weight of the Protestant Reformation. Read more

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There are likely many more congregations that have a mix of perspectives on homosexuality, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Deciding what to do is potentially devastating. 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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Traditionalists' arguments that rely on Jesus's remarks about marriage and Wesley's explanatory notes don't hold up under scrunity, writes the Rev. David Livingston. Read more

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Bishop John Yambasu

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United Methodist bishops in Africa have reiterated their previous statement opposing any division of The United Methodist Church while still holding that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching." Read more

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Concluding his critique of the Indianapolis Plan to divide The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Stan Copeland focuses on the lack of Central Conferences' representation in its drafting. Read more

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Britten War Requiem

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Our denomination is headed toward the same ending as the Vietnam war: nothing will be accomplished, everyone will be upset and blame the "other", and many will bear scars that will forever remind them of the war, writes the Rev. Sky McCracken. Read more

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The possibility of breaking apart the UMC is an issue that directly impacts the lives and the place in the church of members in the central conferences, whose views and voices have traditionally been marginalized in the church, writes David W. Scott. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Stan Copeland asks who the Indianapolis Plan truly represents and examines its various claims for United Methodism's future. Read more

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A new communications program from Reconciling Ministries Network will offer online conferences to inquire about the reconciling process and share stories of LGBTQ inclusion. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith fears that current efforts to devise a plan for United Methodism's future will fall prey to the danger of the "perfect" becoming the obstacle to achieving good. Read more

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Five Generations

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The 400th anniversary of slavery in America prompts the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell to call The United Methodist Church to address its own racist history through petitions to the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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After the special 2019 General Conference, Norway United Methodists determined they wanted a decision-making process that would include and respect all views, writes the Rev. Knut Refsdal. Read more

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