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Recently Read: Stretching, Not Tearing

by Nathan Mattox I just finished meeting with Bishop Karen Oliveto, a woman whose name you have possibly seen lately in the news. Some believe her election, in the words of our Bishop, Robert Hayes, who wrote to us this week, “tears at the covenant that connects us as one united church.” The fact that […]

Western Jurisdiction won’t walk away from UMC

By Patricia Farris, Special Contributor… Is the glass half full or half empty? It’s a trick question, of course, because the answer is always “Yes.” But in a win-lose paradigm, only one side can be right. And so, there are those, including my friend and colleague, Claremont School of Theology Professor Jack Jackson, who see […]

Bishop faults jurisdiction’s statement on gay issue

Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15 published his criticisms of the Western Jurisdiction’s stand against the United Methodist Church’s teaching on homosexuality. Delegates to the Western Jurisdiction’s meeting July 18-21 adopted a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that says the denomination is in error in its stance that the practice of homosexuality “is […]

Bishop Coyner faults Western Jurisdiction on call to ignore `Discipline’

By Bishop Mike Coyner, Special Contributor, …  The following comments are my personal opinion. I am not writing in any official capacity other than my role as a bishop who was elected and consecrated to teach the faith and to defend the church. My comments do not reflect any kind of official position of the […]

Jurisdiction opposes UMC on homosexuality

The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has issued a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that emphasizes Christ’s grace and love is available to all and that the UMC is in error on the subject of “homosexuality’s incompatibility with Christian teaching.” In addition, delegates to the jurisdictional meeting July 18-21 voted to extend “extravagant hospitality” to all people […]

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