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Recently Read: Four Compelling Reasons Conservative and Progressive United Methodists Have to Stay Together

by Rev. Dr. James C. Howell Voices are clamoring for a split in the United Methodist Church, with an increasing urgency given many recent events, most notably an episcopal election in the West. I was myself a candidate for bishop and was not elected – and I am writing this blog to expand upon something […]

Methodists Nominate 3 Openly Gay Candidates for Bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller At its quadrennial meeting last month, the United Methodist Church decided not to take up contentious LGBT issues. But that’s not stopping its regional conferences from making decisions on their own. Two U.S. jurisdictions will consider three openly gay candidates for bishop next month. The Rev. Karen Oliveto, the Rev. Frank […]

The UMC’s Messy Language About Sexuality: A Rejoinder To Dr. Thomas Frank

by Chris Ritter When I am confronted by posts with which I viscerally disagree I usually only mumble something to myself and move on. This is what I did with a recent post that suggested that the UMC “sold its soul” when it named “making disciples of Jesus Christ” as the mission of the church. […]

Bishop announces failure of Just Resolution process in Meyer case

Bishop Scott Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area announced yesterday that he was referring the complaint made against the Rev. Cynthia Meyer regarding her relationship with another woman to the Rev. David Bell, who has been named as the counsel for the church in a process that may ultimately lead to another church trial. […]

Kansas pastor steps out of the closet and into the crosshairs

*Religion News Service video by Sally Morrow EDGERTON, Kan. (RNS) The Rev. Cynthia Meyer said she was “called by God to be open and honest” about who she is. So, during her first sermon of 2016, Meyer broke the news: She loves another woman. “I’ve been praying, and in a process of discernment for some time, particularly over the […]

Baltimore-Washington BOM recommends married lesbian for commissioning

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, meeting last month, recommended Tara “T.C.” Morrow for commissioning as a Provisional Deacon. Morrow is a woman married to another woman. The Board is making public what is normally a confidential personnel matter in an effort to be as transparent and open as possible, according to […]

Reconciling Ministries launches campaign for 2016 General Conference

Chicago, IL — The Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) announced today that they have launched a new advocacy campaign directed toward changing The United Methodist Church’s teachings on the acceptance of GLBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage. The It’s Time campaign is focused around a new web presence which RMN says enables “. . . supporters and allies […]

Love Prevails forces Connectional Table to address sexuality issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Love Prevails, an advocacy group working for the full inclusion of GLBTQ persons in the life of the United Methodist Church, disrupted this morning’s meeting of the Connectional Table. The Connectional Table is the primary visioning and coordinating body for The United Methodist Church, and has been meeting this week in Nashville at the […]