Archives for July 2016

Commentary: Going back to the graveside

by Steve West* The United Methodist Church I love so dearly is navigating rough waters. Recently, our Western Jurisdiction (comprising the churches of 12 western states) stepped out in nonconformity against denominational rules on ordination, marriage, and sexuality. Naturally, some consider this a courageous act of progress, while others consider it a major violation of […]

COB Executive Committee releases statement on moving forward

Meeting in Chicago last week, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018. The Council acknowledged that the landscape of the church has changed dramatically since the General Conference approved the Council’s […]

Recently Read: Finding Community With Bread Church – Local parish comes together around baking

by Melanie Haupt, Memorial United Methodist Church is an unassuming house of worship on Berkman Drive in Northeast Austin. The grounds are immaculately groomed, and an LED sign alerts drivers to watch out for children and informs the neighborhood that Bread Church meets on the third Thursday of each month (this month meets July 28). The […]

Recently Read: Stretching, Not Tearing

by Nathan Mattox I just finished meeting with Bishop Karen Oliveto, a woman whose name you have possibly seen lately in the news. Some believe her election, in the words of our Bishop, Robert Hayes, who wrote to us this week, “tears at the covenant that connects us as one united church.” The fact that […]

Good News asks Council of Bishops to respond to Oliveto election

Good News, the independent evangelical United Methodist organization which promotes “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity” has released a statement from their governing board asking the United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB) to respond quickly to the recent election of Karen Oliveto as a bishop. Oliveto was elected and consecrated in the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC last week, and […]

Statement on Karen Oliveto election from the Good News board

STATEMENT FROM THE GOOD NEWS BOARD Adopted by the board on July 18, 2016 The following statement was adopted by the Good News board following the recent election of a married lesbian as bishop and the actions of nine annual conferences refusing to conform to the Book of Discipline. The United Methodist Church faces a […]

Aley UMC, North Texas Annual Conference, opens its doors to same-gender weddings

by Christy Thomas When Rev. Eston Williams’ millennial daughters told him they did not want to be a part of an excluding church, he felt the time had come for him to make a public stand, one fully consistent with his theology and his understanding of the nature of God. He knew the cost. Williams […]

Recently Read: Failure to launch – I planned a service for students. None came.

by Mark Yaconelli The advertisement in our church news­letter was simple and straightforward. “We need someone to direct the college prayer service.” I’d spent two years as a parishioner of the 250-member church and was looking for a way to serve. As a veteran youth worker, a retreat leader, and author of four books on […]

Recently Read: No Center No Periphery: A Regional Approach To Mission

by Mande Muyombo I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty to declare, unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation. —John Wesley’s Journal, June 11, 1739 Baptizing new […]

Recently Read: Four Compelling Reasons Conservative and Progressive United Methodists Have to Stay Together

by Rev. Dr. James C. Howell Voices are clamoring for a split in the United Methodist Church, with an increasing urgency given many recent events, most notably an episcopal election in the West. I was myself a candidate for bishop and was not elected – and I am writing this blog to expand upon something […]

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