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 […]

IRD issues statement on election of openly gay bishop

Washington, DC — The Institute for Religion and Democracy have released a statement this week offering their thoughts on the recent election and consecration of Karen Oliveto (the pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco) to be a bishop of The United Methodist Church. “The Western Jurisdiction has a history of prominent disobedience […]

Commentary: Church at the speed of life

*by Rebecca Simon-Peter Last week, Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop of the United Methodist Church was elected. Much like at her baptism, she was consecrated with the laying on of hands and sacred words of declaration.   She has even been appointed to her place of service for the next four years. This is […]

One Church, One Organization, or Neither?

by David Watson  Things are moving quickly in the UMC. The latest development, of course, is the consecration of an openly gay and married bishop, Rev. Karen Oliveto. According to a story published by the United Methodist News Service, Bishop Grant Hagiya commented on Rev. Oliveto’s election, stating, “We understand there may be some political […]

Five evangelical + inclusive ways to resist schism in The United Methodist Church

by Trey Hall* I am a Wesleyan evangelical. My life has been saved and is (slowly) being changed by Jesus. In my opinion, being evangelical means, at its core, living from an ongoing internal assurance of God’s love for you and therefore finding yourself freed to do everything possible to carry the Gospel to others. […]

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