Archives for September 2013

Wesleyan pilgrimage helps new UMC clergy deal with changing denomination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Six newly ordained United Methodist clergy, who find themselves in the midst of a changing denomination, share in a powerful new film how a pilgrimage to follow in the footsteps of the Methodist movement’s founder John Wesley helped shape their ministries. The film, “Pastor or Savior? A Wesley Pilgrimage,” was made by […]

Recently Read: “Biblical obedience” in action at RCM Churchquake Convocation

One of the events that made up the recent Churchquake Convocation sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) were two weddings of same-sex persons, one of which was conducted by two United Methodist clergy — the Rev. Kathryn Johnson and the Rev. Bruce Robbins. Johnson recently posted her reflections on the RMN site along with […]

Recently Read: When Methodist distinctives aren’t

Kevin Watson unpacks some of the standard sayings we United Methodist sometimes use to describe our distinctiveness from other faith traditions: Methodists, particularly United Methodists, have a very bad habit of making sweeping statements about what makes the Methodist tradition distinct or unique. The main reason this is a bad habit is because when Methodists […]

Recently Read: Dan Dick reflects on “Shmoo Church”

Dan Dick, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Wisconsin Annual Conference and a former GBOD staff member writes about the UMC as a “Shmoo Church”: Among young adults with little or no interest in The United Methodist Church, a key reason for their indifference — to downright disdain — is a church perfectly happy with […]

Recently Read: GBGM head prays for peace in Syria

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries reflects on the Syrian crisis and calls all to prayer: We must continue to pray for peace and for healing. The crisis in Syria is bigger than us but not bigger than our loving God. I invite you to join me in responding to […]

Recently Read: GBCS on 40 Days of Prayer for Immigration Reform

The General Board of Church and Society calls for prayer and action on immigration reform: People of faith continue to make their voices heard on immigration reform. We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the movement for immigration reform. As followers of Jesus, we believe that the combination of faithful prayer and solidarity with […]

Recently Read: United Methodists and the NCC

John Lomperis of the IRD critiques UM participation Decades of steady U.S. membership decline are finally catching up with the United Methodist Church. Some parts of our bloated denominational bureaucracy are now being forced to make significant cuts. But one area where denominational expenditures have remained relatively high is in funding the notoriously leftist National […]

Syria: A Call to Discernment and Engagement

*by Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr Because we are weary of two extended wars over the past twelve years; And because these two extended wars have done great harm to people in these countries and to our own sons and daughters; And because the civil wars in these countries are profoundly complex and defy quick […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: “Grace upon grace” and the stages of faith

Most Wesleyan scholars agree that our  most significant contribution to Christian thought is Wesley’s emphasis on perfecting grace.  Wesley did not use today’s popular term “plan of salvation.”  He used the Latin term “via salutis,” which means the “way of salvation.”  Salvation according to Wesley is a path, a journey, a prolonged experience of what […]

United Methodists respond to proposed attacks on Syria

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s call for military action in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, several United Methodist groups have responded in opposition to proposed attacks. Earlier this week the Peace with Justice work area of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) issued an action […]