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The Edifice of Fear and Safety

“But I swear, sometimes I think the Church represents words like “welcoming” or, more importantly, “love” the way Mid-Century Modern architecture represented “optimism”—not based in something vulnerable and open, but based in a “here’s how to keep safe” attitude. You love in cold and unappealing ways and then, when the people you are “loving” tell you they don’t recognize your love as love, you have all these great justifications, many of them Biblical, for why that is.”

Wichita congregations merge to build new life

WICHITA, Kansas – The Epworth United Methodist Church in Wichita, KS was struggling. Where once the congregation had been a large, thriving congregation with over 1,000 members and a large physical plant, the church had been in a state of decline for many years. The church found itself in the middle of a community in […]

GBOD board of directors elects new top executive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The board of directors of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) on Thursday elected the Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, senior pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, to be the agency’s new General Secretary (top executive). Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of the Denver episcopal area and GBOD president, who […]

Fifteen new missionaries to be commissioned this week

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries(GBGM) announced that they will be commissioning 15 new missionaries at a special worship service on Friday, October 11. 2013.

Moratorium, study urged on online communion

A group of 27 United Methodist leaders is urging the denomination’s bishops to call a halt for now on the practice of Holy Communion online and do further study of online ministries.

Update from GBCS on Capitol Hill shooting.

Washington, D.C. — In the wake of news reports regarding the shooting near the U.S. Capitol, the General Board of Church and Society whose building sits near the Capitol building issued the following statement: No one at GBCS or any other office in the United Methodist Building hurt News reports are coming in fast and furiously. […]

Welcome to the new United Methodist Reporter

It’s been several months in coming, but beginning today The United Methodist Reporter assumes a new look. When CircuitWriter Media took over the operation of this site in June we knew that we would need to make some technical changes in the site. In the course of making those changes we realized that it was […]

Recently Read: Gay issues on Judicial Council agenda

The Judicial Council, the top court of the The United Methodist Church, recently published the agenda for their October meeting, leading to several articles in the church and secular press. United Methodist News Service’s (UMNS) Linda Bloom offered an synopsis of the issues in an article on the UMCConnections site: During the 2013 annual conference […]

Bishop urges churches to welcome everyone

By Susan Green* ORLANDO – Bishop Ken Carter is encouraging churches across the Florida Conference to welcome gays and lesbians in worship and ministry. At a regularly scheduled gathering of St. Luke’s UMC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cluster group Thursday, Carter encouraged United Methodists to welcome people of all sexual orientations with a spirit […]