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Bishop D. Max Whitfield appointed director of Center for Religious Leadership at Perkins School of Theology

The Provost made the appointment upon receiving the nomination of Bishop Whitfield from Perkins School of Theology Dean William B. Lawrence.

UMC Street View: Graysville UMC restores community walking path

Northwest GA News reports that local church Graysville UMC has recently completed restorative work on a community walking track. The track is now open to the public.

Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate

From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians began calling him a martyr

Book Review: “Age of the Spirit” by Phyllis Tickle with Jon M. Sweeney

Continuing a thread begun in “The Great Emergence” in 2008, “The Age of the Spirit” digs deeper into the complexities of the idea of a cyclical upending of culture, theology, and religious practice that seems to occur every 500 years or so.

UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s “Defrocked” released today by Chalice Press

Today is the official release by Chalice Press of UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s book “Defrocked.” Due to the continuing attention around the UMC community on this polarizing subject, UMR is posting an exclusive book excerpt and a UMR editor will separately review Schaefer’s book in the coming weeks.

UMC Street View: FUMC of Glenwood Springs, CO goes green on the roof

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Co: Many UMCs, particularly ones that have been around for a while, encounter less than desirable structural situations when renovating or making repairs. The uninsulated sanctuary roof is a common issue, but at FUMC of Glenwood Springs they went to uncommon lengths to address the issue. Read more about that here. UMC Street […]

Schaefer’s new book and the shifting LGBT inclusion conversation

By Cassandra Lawrence Rev. Frank Schaefer’s personal retelling of the events leading up to his trial and defrocking, are detailed in his new book, “Defrocked: How a Father’s Love Shook the United Methodist Church” (UMC). “I never got to tell my side of the story,” Schaefer says on why he wrote the memoir, which officially […]

Young adults head to the Philippines for missionary training and commissioning

NEW YORK, Ny: This week, 42 young adults from 11 countries have gathered in the Philippines to get ready for service as Generation Transformation Global Mission Fellows. On July 19, 2014, they will respond to God’s call on their life when they are commissioned by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. They will be sent […]

Utah to appeal gay marriage case to Supreme Court

By MICHAEL WINTER c. 2014 USA Today (RNS) The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday (July 9) that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Attorney General Sean Reyes decided to leapfrog the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Discussion on “A Way Forward” Continues

Yesterday Rob Renfroe of Good News, A Forum for Scriptural Christianity posted an open letter to Rev. Adam Hamilton and Rev. Mike Slaughter, challenging the content of their proposal for a means by which the United Methodist Church might remain institutionally united while still divided by issue. The “A Way Forward for a United Methodist […]

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