Recently Read: Six ways that capitalism fails the church


Morgan Guyton unpacks a blog conversation on whether capitalism has failed the church: It’s possible to navigate the free market system without worshiping the market. The problem is that passive participants in the capitalist market do end up making it their god insofar as they allow the market to determine the value of the created […]

Boy Scouts shut down UMC based scout troop led by a gay man


Breaking news from The Boy Scouts organization has told a Seattle-area church that it can no longer host a troop because the church has vowed to keep a gay man on as troop leader. The Boy Scouts of America said Sunday that it was contacting leaders and parents of the children in Troop 98 […]

Press Release: Registration for UTS Life the Fire! Conference

UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY News Release 4501 Denlinger Road • Dayton, OH  45426 Contact: JoAnn Wagner 937.529.2201 • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE:  April 14, 2014  Registration Deadline Approaching for Light the Fire! 2014 Conference DAYTON, OH – May 5 is the deadline to register for United Theological Seminary’s 4th Annual Church Renewal Conference, Light the Fire! 2014: The Fullness of […]

Recently Read: Hamilton takes on conservative biblical interpretations on same-sex relationships


Adam Hamilton is well known throughout the United Methodist Church as the very successful pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, the largest UMC in the United States. He’s recently been generating some buzz with his new book Making Sense of the Bible, in which he articulates a moderate approach to […]

UMC raises 80 percent of funding goal for Imagine No Malaria


Nashville, Tenn. — Imagine No Malaria announced today that United Methodists are 80 percent of the way toward reaching their goal of raising $75 million by 2015. In the past year alone, the people of The United Methodist Church have made contributions and pledges of more than $28 million, boosting the total raised to more […]

Scouting agency loses United Methodist ties


Nashville, Tenn. — A scouting organization that has been a part of the UMC in the past has lost its affiliation with United Methodist organizations. The National Association of United Methodist Scouters (NAUMS) was formerly affiliated with the General Commission on United Methodist Men, the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men and […]

UM missionary dies in bus accident


With deep sadness, the General Board of Global Ministries reports that Tshala Mwengo, a United Methodist missionary, died today from injuries sustained in a bus accident. General Secretary Thomas Kemper gave thanks for the life and service of Mwengo, who was originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo.  “I am thankful for the faithful ministries of […]

Recently Read: When Large Church Pastors take the #UMC hostage


This morning Jeremy Smith followed up on our story about the group of conservative pastors consulting on the divisions in the church we posted a day or so ago. He’s been analyzing the tea leaves to offer some suggestions about who is involved and who was the intended audience for the original press release: There […]

Conservative church leaders consult on divisions in the UMC


In a press release issued tonight, a group of some 60 conservative pastors and theologians from the United Methodist Church announced that they had begun conversation about how to respond to what they see as deepening divisions in the church. The group came together via conference call earlier this week, and they stated they believe “the […]

GCFA issues statement on UMCMarket


The General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church (GCFA)  issued a statement today reporting that the UMCMarket project had moved from to This comes after earlier reports that GCFA is engaged in a legal dispute with Foundation Automation LLC regarding the operation of the UMCMarket site, leading to the disabling of […]