Recently Viewed: Slaughter and Hamilton unpack civil religion


Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, OH has recently published a couple of interviews between their Sr. Pastor, Mike Slaughter, and Adam Hamilton, Sr. Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. One of the topics they address is the prevalence of civil religion in American society, and how that can be […]

GBCS leader responds to church burnings


The Reverend Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, released a statement today calling for “Christians who claim a Methodist heritage” to demonstrate love and support for African American churches which have been the victims of arson over the past several weeks. “The burning of many black churches in recent […]

UMC Clergy struggle with health issues according to latest report

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Is weight an issue for you? Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure? How about high cholesterol? Depression? These are just a few of the questions from the 2015 Clergy Health Survey sponsored by The Center for Health of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB), and their report, released last week, suggests […]

Gerald Lord retires from GBHEM

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The Rev. Dr. Gerald D. Lord will retire as associate general secretary in the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry effective July 1, 2015. At GBHEM, Lord championed reform in the denomination’s University Senate and created new partnerships for the agency with global Methodist education leaders in Japan, […]

Social-justice agency head says Supreme Court decision upholds both freedom of religious liberty and equal protection of all citizens under the law

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Henry-Crowe also said GBCS “affirms and upholds in prayer the work of The United Methodist Church as it continues to discern its understanding of marriage.”

Council of Bishops President Issues Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling


Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement early this morning responding to the decision by the United States Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is a protected right under the U.S. Constitution. In his statement (printed in full below), Brown recognizes the ongoing division in the United […]

An Interview with Bishop Gary Mueller


Our sister site, The MethoBlog, has been reporting from the Youth 2015 event which is going on this week in Orlando, FL. One of the participants in the event is Bishop Gary Mueller, the leader of Arkansas Episcopal Area, who sat down with us for a short interview about the importance of events like Youth […]

SC Pastor Calls Youth 2015 to Foundation of Love


ORLANDO, FL — The Rev. Telly Gadsden, pastor of the St. Mark United Methodist Church in Taylor, South Carolina , challenged participants at the Youth 2015 event in Orlando, Fl to ask themselves if their lives were built on the foundation of Jesus’ love. Her sermon was part of an evening worship service in which youth […]

Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church reopens with prayer, praise and a call for change

Rev. Norvel Goff prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the reopening prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, June 21, 2015. Photo by David Goldman courtesy of Reuters

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hundreds Sunday packed the pews of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church readying themselves to bury nine beloved members and seek justice on their behalf as part of the church’s activist tradition. In an energetic and emotional service, the Rev. Norvel Goff assured those gathered that the victims, including the church’s pastor and […]

Clergyman surrenders credentials in response to conference action on same-sex marriage

Rob Schmutz praying over a young man in the park as part of The United Methodist Church at Park City's outreach. Photo via Facebook, Taken by Ashley Bass Photography

The Wichita Eagle highlights a dramatic scene where Rob Schmutz, a pastor at The United Methodist Church at Park City in Wichita Kansas, turned in his credentials after the Great Plains United Methodist Church Annual Conference session voted to approve a petition that “would eliminate the performance of same-sex marriages from the list of offenses […]