News Release: Sarah Wilke Leaving Discipleship Ministries

NEWS RELEASE Discipleship Ministries | Communications Office Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director (615) 340-1726 (O) (615) 429-3431 (C) stevehj@UMCdiscipleship.org Wilke Leaving Discipleship Ministries NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 14, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Sarah Wilke, Associate General Secretary and Publisher/World Editor of The Upper Room, is no longer employed by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, effective […]

What’s NEXT?

by Jeff Greenway As a person who was baptized, saved, discipled, called, married and ordained under the ministry of The United Methodist Church, the events of the last couple of years have given me pause to wonder “What’s NEXT?” for our denominational Connection. The years leading up to the 2016 General Conference were marked with the usual […]

Living in the tension of an ever widening circle.

“You are apostate.” “You have caused division.” “You have begun schism.” “I wish hell for you”. “You have broken my church.” “You have voted to Secede.” “You are in open rebellion.” “You are the spouse that has broken the marriage vows and will not stop.” These are just a few things that clergy “friends” of […]

The Wesleyan Covenant Association: A Few Reflections

The Wesleyan Covenant Association has become a source of controversy among some in our denomination. Only in times such as these could a group that affirms all of the central teachings of United Methodism, is led primarily by pastors who have kept their ordination vows and pay their apportionments, and has publicly disavowed the intention […]

How to Love ISIS

by Brian Snyder Depending on your political persuasion, it is the common thinking that the Islamic State was born out of some combination of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war, and weak U.S. leadership in the region. But ISIS was around long before the Iraq war, before the founding […]

A Just Resolution Reached in the Rev. Cynthia Meyer Complaint

On August 1, the parties involved in the complaint against Rev. Cynthia Meyer met to have conversation about the possibility of a just resolution. The parties worked for 12 hours and made a good-faith effort to find common ground. At the end of the day came to the following agreement:   Rev. Cynthia Meyer’s Statement […]

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 […]

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