Archives for July 2014

Book Review: “Age of the Spirit” by Phyllis Tickle with Jon M. Sweeney

Continuing a thread begun in “The Great Emergence” in 2008, “The Age of the Spirit” digs deeper into the complexities of the idea of a cyclical upending of culture, theology, and religious practice that seems to occur every 500 years or so.

Live Streaming: White House Protest “No More Deportations”

Bishop Minerva Carcano and leaders from other faith communities from across the United States are standing outside the White House in an act of civil disobedience to protest the Obama administrations deportation practice.

Logo Unveiled for 2016 General Conference

“We believe this logo provides cohesive imagery for the event, yet affords a lot of flexibility for the various needs of the conference.” – Sara Hotchkiss

Recently Read: Group to bishops – enforce rules on homosexuality

Sam Hodges reports for the UMNS regarding a new statement directed to the UMC Council of Bishops.

Survey: Most Americans say U.S. should shelter, not rush to deport, child migrants

Most Americans say the waves of children crossing into the United States from Central America are refugees fleeing danger at home. And they say the United States should support these children while reviewing their cases, not deport them immediately.

Scenarios for the Future of the United Methodist Church

Mark Tooley pulls together many of the dynamics and possible future outcomes of the United Methodist Church that are currently in play.

Life After School Summit helps dreams come true

More than 150 youth and family members attended the Life After School Summit at St. Mark UMC in Taylors, S.C., on May 17, 2014, for presentations and exhibits by representatives from colleges and universities, the armed forces and other organizations.

UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s “Defrocked” released today by Chalice Press

Today is the official release by Chalice Press of UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s book “Defrocked.” Due to the continuing attention around the UMC community on this polarizing subject, UMR is posting an exclusive book excerpt and a UMR editor will separately review Schaefer’s book in the coming weeks.

Wesley Bros: Figure of Speech

Click on image to view in full screen…. I was at camp where people LITERALLY said the word ‘literally’ in every sentence. It was literally a thing. It literally drove me crazy. I literally am posting this from an asylum. It is literally impossible to type from a straight jacket. PS – “Literally” has been […]

United Methodist Church vitality increases in United States

Bishop John Schol of the Greater New Jersey Conference recently highlighted the latest vital congregations report which said that the goal of growing more “highly vital congregations” was seeing positive results.