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Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist Reporter have found interesting from other sites and wanted to share with our readers. The editors do not necessarily endorse the opinions shared in these stories, and referral here should not imply endorsement of that content.

Recently Read: Why I support Plan UMC Revised

Our sister site, The MethoBlog, has created a new section for featured bloggers at the 2026 General Conference in Portland called GC2016 Conversations, and Dr. Rebekah Miles of the Perkins School of Theology in SMU offered the first post on why she is supporting Plan UMC Revised: Four years ago this week, I joined 566 […]

Recently Read: How to Use Technology in Ministry With Young People

*by Kelly Preston Tech is a touchy subject on which EVERYONE has an opinion. One youth director declares, “All technology is banned from youth group!” Some leaders collect phones and other devices at the door to meetings. Some have a basket or hanging organizer where devices can be parked, away from everyone’s hands and eyes. […]

Recently Read: Ugandans join push for bishop accountability

Three United Methodists say their bishop is using the Ugandan legal system to silence their calls for accountability. They also are urging the 2016 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, to approve proposed legislation to increase bishops’ accountability — especially on financial matters. East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula, whose office is based in […]

Recently Read: “All the words of the scroll…” A Eulogy for Daniel Berrigan by Ched Myers

Yesterday, April 3o, 2016, Daniel Berrigan passed into the Cloud of Witnesses, just shy of his 95th birthday. I am grateful he’s been liberated from the physical pain and restrictions he’s suffered these last years, but I also feel a profound lonliness at the loss of the last of a generation of my male mentors. […]

Recently Read: Call to declare “We Are!” An open letter to the people of The United Methodist Church

An open letter to the people of The United Methodist Church We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer clergy and candidates in the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The New York Conference has spoken out for decades against our denomination’s prejudice and exclusion of LGBTQI people. As a conference, we are […]

Witherington responds to Hamilton on the Bible, homosexuality, and the church

Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, has has published a rebuttal to Adam Hamilton’s recent blog post on the Bible, homosexuality, and the church. “My concern is with the misinterpretation of the Bible in this post as well as the misrepresentation of Methodist cultural trends at various points…” […]

Adam Hamilton starts new series on the Bible, homosexuality, and the UMC

Adam Hamilton, the pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection  (the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S.) has started a new series on his blog titled “The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC.” Hamilton is offering the series in preparation for the United Methodist General Conference which begins on May 10 in […]

Talbert officiates another same-sex wedding in North Carolina

Charlotte, NC — Bishop Melvin Talbert, the retired United Methodist bishop who came under fire for officiating at a same-sex marriage service in 2013, has again presided at a similar service in North Carolina. According to various news reports, Talbert and the Rev. Val Rosenquist defied the United Methodist Church’s ban on UM clergy conducting same-wex […]

Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults Announced

Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib has been selected to be the first director of faith formation for youth and young adults for the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College. She will begin her new position July 1. Mohler-Seib’s primary responsibility will be to work within a 350-mile radius of the college to identify […]

Recently Read: Elaine Heath Named Dean of Duke Divinity School

Elaine A. Heath, a theologian, preacher, teacher and writer, will be the next dean of the Duke Divinity School, President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced Tuesday. Heath is currently the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. She succeeds Ellen Davis, who has served as […]