Archives for June 2014

10 Retired Clergy Say They Will Officiate at Weddings of Same-Sex Couples

Even though their denomination’s policy officially prohibits clergy from officiating at the wedding of any same-sex couple at the risk of losing their ordination, ten retired United Methodist clergy have stated their intent to make themselves available to officiate weddings of same-sex couples.

Recently Read: North Georgia Conference to Close Simpsonwood

The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in its Annual Conference meeting on Wednesday voted to close their Simpsonwood Retreat Center. The decision was ultimately made due to increasing financial losses.

How Did We Get Here, Where Do We Go From Here

Where did this schism talk come from? Where are we going to go from here?

Faith Lived Out: Inherent Dignity

Last week marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the massacre at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Nobody really knows how many were killed in June of 1989 – several hundred, perhaps a thousand. The run-up to this solemn anniversary was full of heightened security by Chinese authorities, tighter control of information, efforts to downplay the tragedy, and increased […]

Is Pulpit Plagiarism on the Rise? Some Blame the Internet

Thou shalt not steal another pastor’s sermon? Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others’ material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise — and whether it has become a more forgivable sin.

Schism is Not Inevitable says Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, leader of the Wisconsin Episcopal Area, was recently interviewed by the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and stated his believe  that the schism of the United Methodist Church is not inevitable as some would state. Conservative leaders within the Good News caucus recently released a statement saying that the divide over homosexuality and the […]

Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks low

UMCom releases a new poll showing that 90% of United Methodists believe that the UMC should not split over issues related to human sexuality.

North Texas Annual Conference asks IRD to stop using UMR Inc. mailing lists

RICHARDSON, Texas — The North Texas Annual Conference passed a resolution today calling on The Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) to “cease and desist” using contact information obtained from UMR Inc. prior to the dissolution of that company earlier this year. The resolution was passed by the conference with overwhelming support. As reported earlier, […]

Minnesota Annual Conference calls for bishop to reject trials on GLBT issues

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Minnesota Annual Conference approved a statement on Friday, May 30 asking Bishop Bruce Ough, members of the bishop’s cabinet, and the Board of Ordained ministry to disregard provisions in the “United Methodist Book of Discipline” (BOD) which “…continue to exclude and discriminate against those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and […]

Christian Hip-hop Artist Tedashii Headlines Youth 2015 GO ON Tour

DYMP’s Youth 2015 GO ON Tour kicks off in ATL Sept 13