Wanted: Good Theology (COMMENTARY)

I opened a popular church publication last week and actually read an argument claiming that the widening gap in wealth among people is a good thing. My first instinct was to react from a social justice perspective, and that would not be incorrect. Yet further reflection moved me to conclude that such a claim is […]

Rahway Church Not Letting Ceiling Collapse Deter Services

Union United Methodist Church, Greater New Jersey Conference, ceiling collapsed around 2pm on Easter Sunday. Bishop John Schol released a public letter with details of the event and calling for prayer for the congregations affected by the roof collapse. The two congregations meeting at the church, Elim United Methodist Church and Manantial de Vida Church, […]

Churches Gather for Prayer, Unity After Charleston Man Shot By Police Officer

This originally appeared in the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate by Jessica Brodie. Reprinted with permission. NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina—United Methodist churches in South Carolina’s Lowcountry are calling for peace, advocacy, and prayerful healing after a police shooting left an unarmed Charleston man dead. North Charleston Officer Michael T. Slager has been charged with murder after […]

On same-sex marriage in Alabama and the United Methodist Church (COMMENTARY)

Scripture was cited to support prohibitions against the ordination of women, the validation of the enslavement of blacks, support for racial segregation, and resistance to interracial marriage. Scripture has not changed in its content, but I believe we have been Spirit-led to re-interpret those Scriptures that were used to enforce the above.

United Methodist Communications rolls out a revamped UMC.org

Wednesday morning was a long awaited day for many in the United Methodist Communications (UMCom) offices. February 12th was the roll out date for a newly revamped and designed UMC.org. The life of a website is tough today’s marketplace. Competing with the many start up businesses and ecommerce sites that pride themselves on a user […]

United Methodist Congregation in Indiana Severs Ties with Cub Scouts

DAYTON, IN – The Dayton United Methodist Church located in Dayton, IN announced this past Sunday that they were officially severing all ties with the Boy Scouts of America. As reported in the Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper, the church’s administrative council voted unanimously on June 11, 2013 not to renew the charter for Cub […]

Lay of the Land: Getting to know gay people makes big difference

By Richard Hearne, UMR Columnist… In the roughly 30 years I have been involved in local church, annual conference, jurisdiction and General Conference activities, I have been in many contentious meetings. The most contentious meeting I ever attended was over the topic of the marriage policy in my local church. Every parent that had an […]

Consider consequences of UMC breakup

By Ted A. Campbell, Special Contributor… The possibility of dividing the United Methodist Church as a way out of persistent conflicts over homosexuality has been raised enough times in recent years to warrant serious reflection on what it would entail. The fact that Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Lutherans have all seen either formal divisions or significant […]

Question for UMC: Why should I trust you?

By Ben Boruff, Special Contributor… As conversations about denominational vitality and increasingly global mission efforts move to the forefront of the UMC’s mind—as they should—trust-related issues pepper our thoughts. In a recent United Methodist News Service report about the Connectional Table, Bishop Bruce Ough, the group’s new chair, noted “the intense level of distrust that […]

Cecil and Janice – Unlikely pair writes of leading Glide Memorial UMC

They are the odd couple of United Methodism, but the ministry results can hardly be questioned. The Rev. Cecil Williams, a destined-to-be-a-pastor African American and extreme extrovert, and Janice Mirikitani, a Japanese American introvert and religious skeptic, led Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco to become one of the UMC’s largest and most service-oriented churches—and […]