Archives for April 2016

Mystic Chapel: An example of a ritual use review

By Taylor Burton Edwards* Introduction I’ve had hymns, hymnals and congregational singing on my mind a lot over this past year or two. We at Discipleship Ministries and the Publishing House had been in negotiations since 2014 about bringing a proposal for a new hymnal to General Conference this year. We’ve come to agree on […]

Commentary: Why excluding people makes bad church law

The 2016 General Conference faces a daunting task of acting on hundreds of legislative reports and petitions in only ten days. But no task at hand is more important than correcting 44 years of unconstitutional and exclusionary church law on human sexuality.

Craig C. Hill named as new dean of Perkins School of Theology

Dallas, TX (SMU) — Craig C. Hill, a Duke University leader in theological education with strengths in practice, research and church relations, has been appointed the new dean of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, effective July 1, 2016. Since 2010 Dr. Hill has served as executive director of the Doctor of Ministry […]

The debate that changed the church: 60 years of clergy rights for women

by Rev. Clayton Childers, GBCS On May 4, 1956 the General Conference of the (then) Methodist Church meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota did something amazing. It changed the church’s book of Discipline to support full clergy rights for women. And the church has never been the same since. Despite much resistance and fears about what this […]

Faith Lived Out: My three stages of ministry

Conscientious folk have already reminded us that April is the anniversary of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s martyrdom. Bonhoeffer was a follower of Jesus who listened to God instead of the Nazis during World War II. For his faithfulness, he was hanged in April 1945. Reflection led me to my favorite Bonhoeffer quote, from his brief but […]

Connectional Table launches online forum for GC2016

Continuing the conversation around key topics related to General Conference 2016, The Connectional Table begins a new series of #CTTalks today. #CTTalks is an online forum, a series of videos and social media conversations around key topics related to General Conference 2016.

Haynes: The Tyranny of Self Righteousness

When I retired at age sixty-four rather than sixty-five, I was often asked, “why?” I usually referred to my forty-six years of service or that we had completed our retirement home, but seldom revealed the real reason. Actually, I retired because one layman came into chew me out for one illustration that he did not […]

GCFA and CT consider 2017-2010 budget recommendation

Nashville, TN –  The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) and the membership of the Connectional Table (CT) met individually and considered a recommendation to present a $599 million budget to General Conference in May. This is a change from the $611 million that was previously approved by both […]

Bishop announces failure of Just Resolution process in Meyer case

Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area announced yesterday that he was referring the complaint made against the Rev. Cynthia Meyer regarding her relationship with another woman to the Rev. David Bell, who has been named as the counsel for the church in a process that may ultimately lead to another church trial. […]

Christian Unity and the New Moralism

The United Methodist Church was engineered to hold disparate streams of the broad Christian tradition together. Born amidst the fervor of the modern ecumenical movement, it joined liberals, evangelicals, and pietists under one denominational roof. This commitment to theological diversity was the very reason for the first instantiation (problematic as it was) of the “Wesleyan […]