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Commentary: Who’s For Schism

*by Walter Fenton United Methodists could be forgiven for thinking the denomination’s debate over same-sex marriage and the practice of homosexuality is filled with vitriol. More than a few commentators use hyperbole to characterize the debate. For instance, Mr. Ricky Harrison recently wrote that, “talk of schism has run rampant across the connection,” and that […]

Commentary: Enough is Enough

by Erin Hawkins* For the last few months, I’ve been caught in what seems like a perpetual struggle, trying to decide whether or not to write a statement after each incidence of violence toward black people at the hands of law enforcement or racist hatemongers. It seems that just as I find the words to respond […]

Guest Commentary: A Wesleyan view of schism

“Do Not Rashly Tear Asunder the Sacred Ties which Unite” Since May 2014, when a group of approximately 80 United Methodists released a public statement through Good News Magazine encouraging “a plan of separation” within the United Methodist Church, talk of schism has run rampant across the connection. While some have strongly advocated for ‘amicable separation,’ […]

Guest Commentary: So where are we now?

One of my evangelical Facebook friends some time ago posted a long open letter to fellow United Methodists. The gist of it was this: The United Methodist Church, as you have known it, is gone. You may not perceive it yet, but you’d better get used to the idea, because that’s the plain and honest […]

Renfroe: The Titanic sails at midnight

The authors of these two proposals see them as attempts to create a compromise that will allow United Methodists to navigate our differences regarding marriage and sexuality and keep the denomination together. Unfortunately, both plans are terribly ill-conceived and will result in the opposite of what their authors intended.

Christy Thomas — Get Over it, Christian Pastors: You are NOT Being Persecuted

The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads this way: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a […]

What might tomorrow’s faith community look like?

(RNS) Enough about churches that are dying. Let’s imagine something that lives, breathes, serves, makes a difference. Would we even call it “church”? The term seems tattered and torn after two millennia of use. Maybe the term “faith community” would convey fewer historical negatives. Whatever. Let’s not get hung up on names. Let’s imagine what […]

An intern looks back at “Late Show with David Letterman” (COMMENTARY)

If I could have wadded up the resume and cover letter and mailed it in one big ball I would have. That’s how much I thought it wasn’t going to happen.

Memorial Fences – The OKC Bombing, 20 Years Later

9:02 a.m. On April 19th, 1995 at 9:02 a.m., I was in keyboarding class at Putnam City High School, about 8 miles away from downtown Oklahoma City, knowing nothing of what madness was just unleashed from a yellow Ryder truck at the Murrah federal building. Our class kept on increasing our words-per-minute on our QWERTY keyboards, […]

Affirmation is Not a Civil Right, and It Cannot Be Coerced

WASHINGTON (RNS) The limiting of religious freedom is a perpetually contested question in American public life. Most recently, as states consider new laws and the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on same-sex marriage, gay rights supporters and traditionalist Christians appear to be on a collision course. To make matters worse, whenever disputes between gay […]

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