Being Welcomed In Action, Not Just Words

by Mike House This past Sunday, I found myself choking up as I sang the “Doxology.” I’m not sure that has ever happened to me before, in part because the words are so familiar. But something had just happened at ...
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Breaking up is hard to do (Let’s admit it is time)

by Scott Fritzsche Neil Sedaka was right. Breaking up is hard to do. It is messy, especially when there is money, property, children, and all the rest involved. We are talking a lot about that in the United Methodist Church ...
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How Did We Get Here?

by Jeff Greenway “This is what the Lord says: ‘STAND at the crossroads and LOOK; ASK for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and WALK in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you ...
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Commentary: Diametrically Composed

By Dan Dick* At what point do differences become irreconcilable?  Visualize a normal bell-curve.  At each extreme, there are polarized, immovable positions.  Three to five percent are so committed to being right and having their own way, that they no ...
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Three Ways how Oregon-Idaho Responded to General Conference

by Rev. Jeremy Smith Three legislative items passed the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church at their annual meeting in mid-June 2016 that together cast a vision for the future of United Methodism. Affirmed Ordained Ministry for All Persons ...
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Constructive dialogue won’t happen by accident

As I read the evaluations, opinions, and comments upon General Conference 2012 by various UM bishops I am reminded of the importance of charity, humility, and attitude for constructive dialogue. The Rev. Charles Brockwell Fourth Avenue UMC Louisville, KY ...
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Questions Bishop Bledsoe evaluation

I find it incredible that four years ago the Rev. W. Earl Bledsoe was selected for the position of United Methodist Bishop and now the South Central Jurisdiction episcopacy committee wants to remove him as episcopal leader of the North Texas Conference. I would ...
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We need easier access to Social Principles

I would like to respond to a comment in the article “Do we understand how the church works?” in the May 4 issue of the Reporter. In it the Rev. William B. Lawrence of Perkins School of Theology says, “Very few ...
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The real crisis is within

This is in response to Sarah Howell’s essay “We Need ‘Call to Holiness’ More than Call to Action” (Reporter, April 13). I completely concur with Ms. Howell’s thoughts on the UMC’s “dark night of the soul.” I do believe, as ...
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Treat young people with respect

In a recent General Conference supplement to The United Methodist Reporter three General Conference delegates were highlighted (“GC 2012 delegates already burning the midnight oil”). The first sentences, describing each of the three delegates, provides an interesting commentary on one ...
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1972 Study Group report

It is surprising that in his letter to the editor John Lovelace (Reporter, April 6) credits the 25-member Study Group chaired by Bishop James S. Thomas for the words “We do not condone the practice of homosexuality . . .” ...
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Fluke story reveals the UMC is morally MIA

“UM student reacts to Limbaugh comment” (March 30 Reporter) presents a very one-sided look at the Sandra Fluke controversy. The question must be asked: “Where is the United Methodist Church in this issue?” The reference to Mr. Jim Winkler (top executive ...
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UMC should take lead on tolerance

 I feel compelled to comment on the article by William McElvaney (March 2 Reporter) concerning the church’s stance toward homosexuality. The UM Social Principles are quoted as saying that “the United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality ...
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