Opinion term image

The United Methodist Reporter has been a long-time source for commentary on the life of faith and the practice of ministry in the United Methodist Church. Articles may be submitted for consideration by emailing to editor@circuitwritermedia.com, and should be no more than 1,200 words in length. You may also submit letters to the editor to the above address.

Commentary: Yes it’s time – time to decide who we are and what we believe

By Bill T. Arnold* When the Methodist movement became a denomination, our forebears adopted the Anglican Church’s Articles of Religion in nearly every respect. With regard to Scripture, we inherited the statement that the Bible “containeth all things necessary to salvation.” Going back to the sixteenth century, this was the statement of the English reformers affirming […]

Wesley Bros: Every General Conference ever…

I usually am a happier human and Christian when I ignore politics…both American and Methodist.  Richard Rohr, in a recent interview on The Liturgists podcast (listen here), mentioned that he was very impressed by Methodism because it didn’t produce “angry Christians.”  For the most part, he’s right.  We try to unite around a rich belief […]

Ministry Matters: The rise of the “Methodist middle”

According to the New Testament book of Acts, surprising the church is the Holy Spirit’s idea of a good time.

My consistent prayer for our General Conference has been that the Spirit would once again surprise the church by opening a new or unexpected way through the conflicting convictions about same-sex relations that have divided our denomination for four decades. I described my hope for that surprise in an interview with Ministry Matters.

Commentary: Goodnight Portland…

“The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” So said Texas Tech sports information director Ralph Carpenter in the final moments of the Southwest Conference tournament finals as the Aggies were heading towards a tie. Well, I think the lady was height/weight proportional, but someone definitely sang to close out  the 2016 General Conference […]

Commentary: A little good news

By Rev. Laura Easto* Eight years ago the United Methodist Church accepted the challenge to eradicate malaria around the world. It was amazing to watch that pledge pour down into congregations! We played basketball to raise money, youth groups went into the ocean in the dead cold of winter to raise money – you know […]

Commentary: A primer on Central Conferences

The first week of General Conference made one thing clear: there will be no softening of the Book of Discipline’s language regarding human sexuality. Again. A quick recap here. Many United Methodists identify as centrists regarding their stance on theological and sexuality issues. Kind of a “live and let live approach,” that offers a wide […]

Commentary: No choice but to talk about breaking up

After the end of a week together, with only a few days remaining at the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, few things are certain. However, one thing that is certain, despite pleadings from the Bishops and the constant refrain from the platform for unity, is that the United Methodist Church is anything but unified on the primary issue that divides us — LGBTQ inclusion.

Commentary: Rumors . . . truth or fiction?

Don’t be distracted or frightened by the rumors you hear in the land. Sometimes you hear one thing and another time something else: rumors of violence and uprisings. –Jeremiah 51:46  (CEB)– I have been hearing rumors about stuff happening at General Conference for a long time. After attending a General Conference or two one gets […]

Commentary: The GC legislative process explained. Kind of.

“I am with the press and wish to observe this committee.” So I told the man standing at the door of one of the 12 different legislative committees meeting simultaneously. “I’m sorry, the observation space room is full. I can’t let you in until someone comes out.” Fair enough. All meetings must be open to […]

Commentary: Where are the youth?

By Amanda Tobey* 0.23%. That is percentage of youth voting delegates on the floor of General Conference this year. It is commonly understood that youth and young adults are hugely underrepresented on a global level in the United Methodist Church. A question that commonly gets posed is, “How can we get more youth to come […]

Google+