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What’s NEXT?

by Jeff Greenway As a person who was baptized, saved, discipled, called, married and ordained under the ministry of The United Methodist Church, the events of the last couple of years have given me pause to wonder “What’s NEXT?” for our denominational Connection. The years leading up to the 2016 General Conference were marked with the usual […]

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 […]

The Wesleyan Covenant Association: A Few Reflections

The Wesleyan Covenant Association has become a source of controversy among some in our denomination. Only in times such as these could a group that affirms all of the central teachings of United Methodism, is led primarily by pastors who have kept their ordination vows and pay their apportionments, and has publicly disavowed the intention […]

Recently Read: No Center No Periphery: A Regional Approach To Mission

by Mande Muyombo I look upon all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty to declare, unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation. —John Wesley’s Journal, June 11, 1739 Baptizing new […]

One Church, One Organization, or Neither?

by David Watson  Things are moving quickly in the UMC. The latest development, of course, is the consecration of an openly gay and married bishop, Rev. Karen Oliveto. According to a story published by the United Methodist News Service, Bishop Grant Hagiya commented on Rev. Oliveto’s election, stating, “We understand there may be some political […]

Recently Read: Jurisdictional Conferences Gear Up to Elect Bishops

by Cynthia B. Astle Fifty-five candidates — including three openly gay clergy and a nominee who has been suspended pending charges — will vie for 15 bishop seats in five U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church during the week of July 11. The three openly gay clergy came out this spring in a letter […]

Recently Read: Young Leaders Summits Motivate Young People from Central Conferences

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 6, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Abraham Johnson from Liberia became a part of the United Methodist team responding to the Ebola crisis in his country. Christopher Hamera from Malawi and Severin Pelakara from Cameroon currently are Global Mission Fellows with the General Board of Global Ministries. Young Leaders Summit 2016 participants Zimbabwean […]

Breaking up is hard to do (the Annual Conference edition)

by Scott Fritzsche If you missed it, Part 1 can be found here. I have started talking about why it is indeed time for the United Methodist Church to break up. In this post, I want to examine the actions of the Annual Conferences who have chosen to pass resolutions of non-compliance with the General Conference. […]

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. We are talking about it in the language of marriage really. We talk about divorce […]

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 […]

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