Bishop faults jurisdiction’s statement on gay issue

Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15 published his criticisms of the Western Jurisdiction’s stand against the United Methodist Church’s teaching on homosexuality. Delegates to the Western Jurisdiction’s meeting July 18-21 adopted a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that says the denomination is in error in its stance that the practice of homosexuality “is […]

‘Jesus’ wife’ question recalls early church debates

If Jesus had been married, don’t you think Paul or the biblical Gospel writers would have mentioned it? That’s the question many Christians have raised after the announcement by Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King of a fourth-century papyrus fragment in the Egyptian language Coptic that includes the phrase: “Jesus said to them, my […]

Bishop Coyner faults Western Jurisdiction for gay rights stand

Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15 published his criticisms of the Western Jurisdiction’s stand against the United Methodist Church’s teaching on homosexuality.Delegates to the Western Jurisdiction’s meeting July 18-21 adopted a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that says the denomination is in error in its stance that the practice of homosexuality “is incompatible […]

Final report: Church path ‘unsustainable’

The United Methodist Church’s way of doing business remains “unsustainable,” and the changes made during and immediately after the 2012 General Conference are insufficient to address the challenges the denomination faces. That’s the assessment in the final report of the Call to Action Interim Operations Team, which since its formation in late 2010 has been […]

Rural Life Center boosts small church vitality

United Methodists often say that rural congregations form the backbone of their denomination. For more than 50 years, the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, N.C., has been strengthening that backbone. Think of the center as the United Methodist Church’s chiropractor. With the denomination-wide emphasis on vital congregations, the Hinton Center now plays a key […]

New business manager for General Conference

A new business manager will play a lead role planning the next General Conference, the United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly. The Rev. Alan Morrison, who for seven years has served the denomination’s finance agency as travel and meeting planning manager/General Conference business manager, is taking on expanded responsibilities. His new duties as the director […]

Group accuses bishop of urging disobedience

More than 70 United Methodist clergy and lay people in the United States have sent an open letter to the Council of Bishops accusing retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert of encouraging disobedience to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. Specifically, the group’s letter takes issue with Bishop Talbert’s May 4 remarks at a United Methodist gathering […]

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