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Living in the tension of an ever widening circle.

“You are apostate.” “You have caused division.” “You have begun schism.” “I wish hell for you”. “You have broken my church.” “You have voted to Secede.” “You are in open rebellion.” “You are the spouse that has broken the marriage vows and will not stop.” These are just a few things that clergy “friends” of […]

Commentary: Who’s For Schism

*by Walter Fenton United Methodists could be forgiven for thinking the denomination’s debate over same-sex marriage and the practice of homosexuality is filled with vitriol. More than a few commentators use hyperbole to characterize the debate. For instance, Mr. Ricky Harrison recently wrote that, “talk of schism has run rampant across the connection,” and that […]

Recently Read: The United Methodist Church is Split on Gays. But is Schism the Answer?

There is something radical about people coming together each week despite major differences of opinion and still calling one another brother and sister. Schism threatens that.

Bishop Lowry on Moving Through The Issues of the Church

Bishop Mike Lowry of the Central Texas Conference sits down with Ministry Matters to discuss the issues the church faces in regards to gay marriage and clergy. He also addresses his views on how the church can move forward, who may take the leads, local church perspectives, and the obstacles to overcome within the greater […]

8 Things the Church Needs to Say

If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives and lending our name to minor-league politicians, what would we have to say? We need to figure that out,….

Lessons to Be Learned from the 1844 “Plan of Separation”

The premise of this column, like the last one, is predicated on a wisdom saying of George Santyana, professor at Harvard:, “If we do not know history, we are condemned to repeat it.” we ignore our past to our chagrin and regret. Therefore, I ask you to see in our past the dynamics of our […]

A Meditation on Accountability

There is significant conversation at the moment, in the secular media, in the church’s media, and in the social media about schism, division and unity. I want to offer a perspective that is not often stated: unity is not our goal. Unity is a by-product experienced by those who are devoted to the mission of being faithful and fruitful disciples in the vineyard.

Recently Read: Schism Through a Young United Methodist’s Eyes

Michael Moore grew up as a pastor’s child in the UMC in the North GA Conference and is serving as a Social Justice intern with the Communications Dept. at the General Board of Church & Society. Last week he wrote a post expressing his thoughts on schism as a young adult who cares deeply about his […]

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 […]

How Did We Get Here, Where Do We Go From Here

Where did this schism talk come from? Where are we going to go from here?

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