Behind the scenes on the separation of a church

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Earlier this week reports about a formerly United Methodist church exiting the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) spread across the Internet (based largely on Walter Fenton’s story at Good News Magazine). As Fenton reported, the Wesley United Methodist Church in Quarryville, PA voted to leave the denomination, and in a negotiated settlement the EPAC allowed the […]

Student veterans find community in Bible study

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“You try to reintegrate, but you have people asking you about military service a lot, so you’re forced to revisit it; sometimes that is something you want to do, and sometimes it’s not.”

The Social Principles Today and Tomorrow

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The United Methodist Social Principles are entering a new era. Many hard-working church leaders are hosting a global conversation about these principles. How should they be re-framed and re-configured for the future?

United Methodist agency to reshape Its global mission and ministries

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The United Methodist Church’s global mission agency will create a network of offices around the world linked and accountable to headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in late 2016.

Dr. Bill McElvaney, social justice crusader, dies

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Dr. Bill McElvaney, one of North Texas’ most revered retired pastors, died August 24, 2014.

A Higher Law

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The higher law tradition will always be something beyond the grasp of political fad and seasonal abusers of human rights. Thank God for that. I mean it. Thank God for that. This thread of political thinking is not held hostage to either reactionary right or trendy left.

UMC Street View: FUMC of Hartford, AL offers community tutoring

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Hartford First United Methodist is moving a tutoring program from its campus into the community hoping to make it more accessible beyond its own membership.

GBHEM and GBOD renew and expand e-readers for theological education agreement

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A pilot project to provide e-readers loaded with theological texts has proven so successful that GBHEM General Secretary Kim Cape and GBOD General Secretary Tim Bias renewed their joint agreement, continuing this interagency collaboration until December 2016.

UMC Street View: Redlands FUMC hosts photography exhibit

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Redlands Camera Club members are exhibiting photographs in an exhibit in the gathering area gallery of Redlands First United Methodist church through Oct. 28.

Bishop Martin McLee passes away

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With deep sorrow, we announce that Bishop Martin D. McLee, Resident Bishop of the New York Annual Conference, entered eternal rest this afternoon — Saturday, September 6, 2014.

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