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How Big Data disrupts Narratives of #UMC Decline

by Jeremy Smith Big Data in the UMC challenges the narrative of decline “due to progressive Christianity,” and shows what role each of us is to play to handle the coming winnowing of the church. Recently the data for 2014 came out on the United Methodist Church in America, showing a 1.6% drop in membership […]

U.S. membership decline continues

By Walter Fenton According to the most recent data, The United Methodist Church has lost 116,063 members – the stark equivalent to losing a 318-member local church every day of the year. The recently released statistics are from the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) The loss from 2013 to 2014 reflected a […]

David Steinmetz Dies at 79

David Steinmetz, the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity School, died Nov. 26 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 79. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Steinmetz retired from Duke […]

United Methodist young people’s healthcare concerns aired in D.C.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Aug. 20, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – For United Methodist young adult Kyle Ormiston, whether to eat or fill an $850 monthly prescription was a dilemma, but he said the decision was obvious: “In the long term, eating won that battle.” Ormiston’s story about facing stressful health care decisions post-college was one of many […]

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

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.”

Churches Gather for Prayer, Unity After Charleston Man Shot By Police Officer

This originally appeared in the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate by Jessica Brodie. Reprinted with permission. NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina—United Methodist churches in South Carolina’s Lowcountry are calling for peace, advocacy, and prayerful healing after a police shooting left an unarmed Charleston man dead. North Charleston Officer Michael T. Slager has been charged with murder after […]

Bishop Job, who helped people deal with death, dead at 86

By Kathy L. Gilbert Jan. 4, 2014 | BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (UMNS) “I have no anxiety about my own death. … I don’t know what that’s going to be like, but I have some idea that it will be good because this life is good,” said retired Bishop Rueben P. Job after the publication of his […]

Methodist Federation for Social Action and the Institute on Religion & Democracy weigh in on Schaefer decision

This week’s decision by the UMC’s judicial council to uphold the NE Jurisdiction’s Committee on Appeals decision to reinstate Schaefer brought quick response from many corners.

Mission team witnesses miracle of children hearing for the first time

During the week of Oct. 6, a six-member Hope of Hearing mission team tested 351 children and fit 97 with hearing aids.

Judicial Council hearing for the Rev. Frank Schaefer

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will conduct an Oral Hearing in the case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer on October 22, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel at 185 Union Avenue in downtown Memphis, Tenn.