Words from a Bishop: We are all holy and beloved

 Holy. Beloved. Valuable. These are the words Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball wants delegates to remember about themselves as they enter the final days of the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. “I see each person first as a child of God,” she said. “We are gifts to one another.” The bishop shared her […]

A Matter of Trust: A series of conversations from The United Methodist Reporter

Note: UMR Managing Editor Laura Harbert Allen will talk with people throughout the 2016 session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The goal of these conversations: to build dialogue and community around the most divisive issues before the 2016 session. Have we lost the ability to talk with each other? Or, more […]

Sexuality debate begins with worship disagreement

  The inclusion of LGBTQI people in the United Methodist Church has already been tested today, just hours before the opening worship service of the 2016 General Conference in Portland OR. The Rev. Vicki Flippin said she was asked to bring a greeting from her context to welcome worshippers to this afternoon’s service at the […]

How Big Data disrupts Narratives of #UMC Decline

by Jeremy Smith Big Data in the UMC challenges the narrative of decline “due to progressive Christianity,” and shows what role each of us is to play to handle the coming winnowing of the church. Recently the data for 2014 came out on the United Methodist Church in America, showing a 1.6% drop in membership […]

Should Christians welcome Syrian refugees into the United States?

  *by Rev Dr. David F. Watson Greg Abbott, the governor of my home states of Texas, recently tweeted the following: BREAKING: Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees & I demand the U.S. act similarly. Security comes first. https://t.co/uE34eluXYd — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 16, 2015 Abbott also recently tweeted this meme: For you were […]

Commentary: We must recognize we are engaged in a cultural war

*by Bishop Scott Jones We are all horrified by the terrible violence committed in Paris the evening of Nov. 13. We should be praying for the victims and their families and for the people of France who suffered this evil action. At the same time, we must pay attention to the larger context in which […]

10 Reasons Why United Methodists Should Ignore the Republican Governors

By Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder* How about that backlash, eh? The general goodwill that has been building the last few months toward Syrian refugees all but disappeared faster than you can say, “Bon jour” after the horror in France over the weekend. Apparently, compassion is one of the first victims of terrorism. Add a mixture […]

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 […]

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