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IRD issues statement on election of openly gay bishop

Washington, DC — The Institute for Religion and Democracy have released a statement this week offering their thoughts on the recent election and consecration of Karen Oliveto (the pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco) to be a bishop of The United Methodist Church. “The Western Jurisdiction has a history of prominent disobedience […]

Commentary: Church at the speed of life

*by Rebecca Simon-Peter Last week, Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop of the United Methodist Church was elected. Much like at her baptism, she was consecrated with the laying on of hands and sacred words of declaration.   She has even been appointed to her place of service for the next four years. This is […]

One Church, One Organization, or Neither?

by David Watson  Things are moving quickly in the UMC. The latest development, of course, is the consecration of an openly gay and married bishop, Rev. Karen Oliveto. According to a story published by the United Methodist News Service, Bishop Grant Hagiya commented on Rev. Oliveto’s election, stating, “We understand there may be some political […]

Five evangelical + inclusive ways to resist schism in The United Methodist Church

by Trey Hall* I am a Wesleyan evangelical. My life has been saved and is (slowly) being changed by Jesus. In my opinion, being evangelical means, at its core, living from an ongoing internal assurance of God’s love for you and therefore finding yourself freed to do everything possible to carry the Gospel to others. […]

Commentary: Wait . . . or maybe not

The last days of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon were filled with all sorts of emotions — with some feeling joy over the breadth of our common ministry, but others (both “progressive” and “traditionalist”) having a sense of unease that the General Conference had not definitively addressed issues around human sexuality. Instead, breaking past […]

Preaching To Confront Racism

By William H. Willimon Moralism (substituting law for gospel, exhorting better human behavior without dependency upon God’s grace) is no match for racism. While urging us to preach justice, Lutheran James Childs warns: “Preaching that always goes directly from sin to salvation or from cross to resurrection without ever stopping off at sanctification is missing […]

What Can I Do? I Can Love!

by Darian Pace If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 1 John 4:20 New Living Translation My heart aches, my soul tormented. There is a sense […]

What to say, what to do

by F. Willis Johnson* I am a pastor, in New York City with my wife, on a few days of summer leave. Over a 24-hour period my phone, social media channels and email blew up. Your attention was arrested too. My colleagues and clergy friends are frustrated and fearful. We want to talk, and then […]

Recently Read: An evening of joy; a morning of tragedy: will we ever wake up?

by Christy Thomas We’d had the most joyful of afternoons. After two interminable weeks in a non-weight bearing foot situation, my husband’s bandage was replaced with a walking cast. Delighted, we went to out to dinner and watched a funny movie before bed. We retired without bothering to check the news. Able to stay in […]

Breaking up is hard to do (the Annual Conference edition)

by Scott Fritzsche If you missed it, Part 1 can be found here. I have started talking about why it is indeed time for the United Methodist Church to break up. In this post, I want to examine the actions of the Annual Conferences who have chosen to pass resolutions of non-compliance with the General Conference. […]

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