Worldwide United Methodist Church

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In the coming effort to define The United Methodist Church's international identity, Dr. Hendrik Piertse contends we must givesome thought to the meanings of "global" and "worldwide," which aren't the same things. Read more

Global Nature

Global migration is having a far bigger impact on the worldwide United Methodist Church than some might expect, and David W. Scott offers resources to understand the phenomenon better. Read more

Global Nature

Dr. Robert Hunt finds "Grace Upon Grace," the United Methodist theological statement on mission adopted in 1988, to be hampered by its "churchy" language and one-sided perspective. Read more

Global Nature

Debates over the nature of marriage are a prime example of the different cultural perspectives among global United Methodists, writes David W. Scott. So where should the church's energies then be focused? Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

Interfaith Africans

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Professor David W. Scott finds that reports of ecumenical ministry from African United Methodists are cause for rejoicing and for instruction in the United States. Read more


Tweet That iPad

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Technology can help link United Methodists globally, but it still poses limits, writes Dr. David Scott. Read more


Evolving Art

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A note about UM Insight's publication status as of May 9, 2012. Read more

In the Church 7 Comments

Committee Vote

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The Danger of Unasked Questions

The Rev. Ben Gosden reflects on the questions that AREN'T being asked in relation to decisions of the 2012 General Conference. Read more

Apr 30, 2012 4:20 PM Ben Gosden 4 Comments

Committee Vote

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Microcosmic Odyssey

Dan Dick discovers the Holy Spirit wafting through personal encounters -- if not on the plenary floor -- during the third day of the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Read more

Apr 26, 2012 4:47 PM Dan R. Dick

Anxiety vs. the Kingdom in the United Methodist Church

The Rev. Morgan Guyton says his anxiety about his congregation's membership numbers doesn't help him or them show God's realm to the world. Read more

Apr 26, 2012 2:08 PM Morgan Guyton

Amory Peck

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Amory Peck, whose part of the 2012 Laity Address was hailed as inspirational, discloses her sex orientation as a lesbian in advance of General Conference's "holy conversation" on human sexuality. Read more

In the Church 2 Comments

April 25th Reflections

The Rev. Dan R. Dick reflects on the General Conference events of April 25, noting that it's becoming harder to keep on top of everything that's happening. Read more

Apr 26, 2012 7:31 AM Dan R. Dick 2 Comments

Social Media Icons

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The world of social media makes it possible to "attend" the 2012 General Conference without being present -- but not quite. Read more

Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Cross-Flame Shirt

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A report from United Methodist Communications and the Methoblog on a legislative briefing for delegates from outside the United States. Read more

GC Archive

North Katanga Conference from the Democratic Republic of Congo prepares to come to Tampa for the 2012 United Methodist General Conference as church leaders, not as beggars. Read more

GC Archive

Phoenix Rising

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Smoke and Fire

The chair of United Methodists of Color for an Inclusive Church posts his hopes and dreams for the 2012 General Conference and The United Methodist Church's future. Read more

Mar 2, 2012 6:01 PM Derrick Spiva

Call to Action Structure

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A grassroots petition asks delegates to reject the Connectional Table's structure proposal, envisioning a very different kind of United Methodist organization. Read more

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Dan R. Dick analyzes the perils of settling for imperfect plans for The United Methodist Church's future. Read more

Jan 25, 2012 9:48 AM Dan R. Dick


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A section on the basics of General Conference's identity and process Read more