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Wesleyan Wisdom: Bad news can be good, if it stirs faithful courage

Something about a recent editorial by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. To me, it suggested a parallel between the state of the Republican Party and the state of our denomination. Ms. Noonan began: “Viewed a certain way, the 2012 election can be seen as a gift to Republicans wrapped in […]

A United Methodist Church united for our daughters

By Ben Gosden and Jeremy Smith, Special Contributors… As we write this article, Jeremy is in Portland, Ore., holding his 2-week-old daughter, Anjali. Ben is 2,000 miles away in Macon, Ga., holding his 8-month-old daughter, Olivia. We have a lot in common. We are both United Methodist elders under age 35—Jeremy is fully ordained and […]

Fall 2012 Judicial Council roundup

A report from the Oct. 24-27 meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, which considered18 cases.

After spring storm in Tampa, it’s time to assess, reform GC

By C. Chappell Temple, Special Contributor… With Hurricane Isaac now having passed, it appears that the Republicans weathered potential storms in Tampa better than the United Methodists did when we met in that city earlier this year. So what went wrong when the Wesleyans wandered down by the waters? First, ego and agenda often edged […]

The church is dying . . . and here’s why

By Don Underwood, Special Contributor… If you love the church as I do, this will not be good news. Nevertheless, the church as we know it today is dying. It is a slow death, perhaps imperceptible to most, but it is a reality that cannot be denied. I am not talking simply about my denomination, […]

Call to Action Interim Operations Team issues final report

  Editor’s Note: The Call to Action Interim Operations Team took the lead in pressing for specific change, including agency reorganization, within the UMC. Here is its just-released final report: This report is a final update from the Interim Operations Team (IOT) named by the Council of Bishops (COB) and the Connectional Table (CT) in late […]

African students urged to be entrepreneurs

By Sharai Nondo, UMNS… MUTARE, Zimbabwe—In the 2012 graduating class at Africa University in Zimbabwe, Chiedza Dziva and seven other women finished at the top in fields ranging from business to agriculture. In most African cultures, education for women has not been a top priority, but at this United Methodist-affiliated university it has been a […]

Retired UM pastor supports young, new clergy

By Jackie Campbell, United Methodist News Service… Much has been written about the “crisis of younger clergy” in the United Methodist Church, and a look at the numbers confirms the crisis is real. With only 5.6 percent of United Methodist elders under the age of 35, and burnout taking its toll on them, the church’s […]

Bishop recalls childhood memories in new book

By April Carnik, Special Contributor… Anyone can see the world as it is with their own eyes, but having vision takes faith. That’s the theme of a new book, entitled What Do You See?, by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the UMC’s Texas Conference. While the book was written for children, leaders of the conference […]

Western Jurisdiction should take ‘executive action’ on gay rights

By Gilbert Caldwell, Special Contributor … I have just received the “WE WILL NOT BE SILENT” statement approved by the Rocky Mountain Conference. I was particularly inspired by these words: “RESOLVED, that the Rocky Mountain Conference looks forward to the leadership of our annual Annual Conference and the Western Jurisdiction Conference in formulating an action plan […]