United Methodists deserve more from Mefford, GBCS (COMMENTARY)

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Sadly, disdain for the pro-life movement is what we’ve come to expect from the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), where Mefford is the Director of Civil and Human Rights.

Recently Read: Methodist Church Group Gets Faith Tattoos

Photo Alan Youngblood / Ocala Star-Banner

Would you get a tattoo of the United Methodist cross & flame on your hand? This pastor and a few congregation members got tattoos together that told a story particular to their faith, in order to share with others.

Recently Read: Schism Through a Young United Methodist’s Eyes


Michael Moore grew up as a pastor’s child in the UMC in the North GA Conference and is serving as a Social Justice intern with the Communications Dept. at the General Board of Church & Society. Last week he wrote a post expressing his thoughts on schism as a young adult who cares deeply about his […]

Discussion on “A Way Forward” Continues

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Yesterday Rob Renfroe of Good News, A Forum for Scriptural Christianity posted an open letter to Rev. Adam Hamilton and Rev. Mike Slaughter, challenging the content of their proposal for a means by which the United Methodist Church might remain institutionally united while still divided by issue. The “A Way Forward for a United Methodist […]

Faith in Action: Is doctrine making a comeback in Methodism?

For a long time, the term “doctrine” has been perceived negatively in many United Methodist circles. It can seem to some people like one of those heavy-handed words, used by one group to coerce another. The verb “to indoctrinate” certainly carries this connotation—almost akin to a process of brainwashing where people are brought into a […]

Costs are in, implications still debated, in Bishop Bledsoe controversy

The arguments go on about whether the victim in the failed effort to oust Bishop Earl Bledsoe was accountability for bishops or Bishop Bledsoe himself. What’s beyond dispute is that the episode came at a cost, including financial. The South Central Jurisdiction recently paid nearly $100,000 to cover legal fees and other expenses of Bishop […]

Lambrecht: Don’t ignore Scripture in weighing UM position on homosexuality

By Thomas A. Lambrecht, Special Contributor… I appreciate the opportunity to engage the views of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, who currently stands charged with performing a same-sex marriage in conscious defiance of United Methodist Church polity. He was in the difficult position of discerning how to balance his desire to love and affirm his son […]

Gift of renewal – Donors provide retreat time for UM clergy

By Sally Hicks, Faith & Leadership… Last October, Margot Porterfield and her husband, the Rev. Mark Porterfield, faced big changes in their life together. He was starting a new appointment as pastor at First United Methodist Church in Port Lavaca, Texas. She was going back to full-time work after five years. And with their two […]

Thomas V. Wolfe named president of Iliff School of Theology

The Rev. Thomas V. Wolfe has been named president of Iliff School of Theology in Denver, a United Methodist School. He’ll be the 14th president of Iliff, and comes from Syacuse University, where he has been senior vice president and dean. “We are excited to have Dr. Wolfe join us,” said Jim Wilkins, chairperson, Board of […]

Faith in Action: Discovering the purpose and potential of confirmation

I spoke with a pastor not long ago who told me a shocking story about confirmation. He had arrived at a new appointment one June and discovered that—in his words—“all the children from second grade and up were already confirmed.” If you are familiar at all with the practice of confirmation, that statement will strike […]