Archives for July 2015

New United Methodist hymnal endorsed

NASHVILLE, TN —The United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries (the General Board of Discipleship) announce that their respective boards have endorsed legislation to be submitted to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church that, if approved, would begin the process of developing a new official hymnal and provide for ongoing revision of the […]

Eastern PA Annual Conference calls for special session to re-elect GC2016 delegation

The Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) announced today an “adjourned session” of the annual conference for the purpose of electing their delegation to the 2016 General Conference. While the conference conducted elections at their May 2015 meeting, conference secretary Lloyd Speer announced that voting discrepancies, due in part to the electronic voting system, had invalidated […]

Discipleship Ministries Board of Directors statement decries hatred and hate crimes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 29, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The Board of Directors of Discipleship Ministries has issued a statement opposing hate crimes in light of recent “acts of violence, destruction and murder based upon hatred, racism, fear, bigotry and prejudice.” “As we at Discipleship Ministries focus our efforts on providing resources for serving and training leaders in annual […]

Guest Commentary: A Wesleyan view of schism

“Do Not Rashly Tear Asunder the Sacred Ties which Unite” Since May 2014, when a group of approximately 80 United Methodists released a public statement through Good News Magazine encouraging “a plan of separation” within the United Methodist Church, talk of schism has run rampant across the connection. While some have strongly advocated for ‘amicable separation,’ […]

America welcomes Christians, Jews; atheists, Muslims not so much

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) Americans are all for religious freedom — but disagree on who can claim it. Diverse religious groups are recognized — but Christians and Jews are significantly more welcome than atheists, and many don’t see a welcome mat for Muslims. And not everyone means the same thing when […]

Behind the scenes on the separation of a church

Earlier this week reports about a formerly United Methodist church exiting the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) spread across the Internet (based largely on Walter Fenton’s story at Good News Magazine). As Fenton reported, the Wesley United Methodist Church in Quarryville, PA voted to leave the denomination, and in a negotiated settlement the EPAC allowed the […]

UMPH dedicates new digs

NASHVILLE, Tn — After 58 years on the corner of 8th Ave. and Demonbreun St. in downtown Nashville, the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) dedicated their new facility in a a new location this morning. In a ceremony which included members of the Board of Directors, both current and past UMPH staff, several UMC bishops, and […]

Guest Commentary: So where are we now?

One of my evangelical Facebook friends some time ago posted a long open letter to fellow United Methodists. The gist of it was this: The United Methodist Church, as you have known it, is gone. You may not perceive it yet, but you’d better get used to the idea, because that’s the plain and honest […]

Social-justice agency grieves over death of another young black in police custody

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church grieves the death while in police custody of Ms. Sandra Bland of Waller County, Texas, a recent employee of Prairie View A&M University. Ms. Bland’s family and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she was a member, are questioning […]

Wesley Bros | Atonement Theories of Relativity

Most Christians can say, “Jesus died to save us from our sins,” but can’t really explain much more than that.  How does it all work?  How does one man’s death make people right with God?  Why didn’t God work it all out some other way?  This history of Christianity has involved quite a few different […]