John Lomperis

John Lomperis

John Lomperis is IRD’s United Methodist Director. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and has an M.Div from Harvard University.



Rev. Jerry Kulah speaks at the 2012 General Conference, at which he served as a delegate (Photo credit: UMNS/ Paul Jeffrey)

How NOT to Globally Empower the United Methodist Church

August 26, 2014

Liberal UMC leaders are once again talking about empowering the growing non-American portion of the denomination. But does the proposed solution match the rhetoric?

Professor William Payne (Photo credit: Ashland Theological Seminary)

William Payne: Threats to Religious Freedom in the U.S. Military

August 23, 2014

Rev. Dr. William Payne notes disturbing recent restrictions on religious freedom within the U.S. military.

Photo credit: United Theological Seminary.

GOOD NEWS: United Seminary Continues Renewing the Church

August 20, 2014

United Methodism’s United Theological Seminary continues being a major force for theological, spiritual, and charismatic renewal in the denomination and beyond.

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Young United Methodists Wrestle with Global, Social Divisions

August 14, 2014

United Methodist youths and young adults gathered from around the world in the Philippines for worship, fellowship, and grappling with some of the denomination’s major theological and global divisions.

After intense discussions of sexual morality and parliamentary rules, Bishop Pedro Torio (right) of the Baguio Episcopal Area in the Philippines urges calm as Ann Jacob (center), DMYP's co-chair, looks on (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

A Microcosm of the UMC’s Struggles with Global Inclusion, Representation

August 8, 2014

A recent gathering of young United Methodists in the Philippines displayed a microcosm of the denomination’s struggles with representation and global inclusion.

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United Methodist Failures with Young People

August 7, 2014

An important review of how much of United Methodism’s youth and young-adult ministry is failing.

Maddy Chumley of North Texas, a teenage member of the board of the directors of the UMC's General Board of Discipleship, presides at a GYPCLA session.

Young United Methodists Reject Gay Marriage

July 23, 2014

During its quadrennial meeting in the Philippines, the UMC’s Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPCLA) rejected three resolutions to affirm homosexual behavior.


Large, Growing UMC Conferences Overwhelmingly Reject LGBTQ Agenda

July 7, 2014

Even as US culture changes, new data show the United Methodist Church in the United States shrinking where it secularizes its values and growing where it does not.

Philadelphia-area clergy gather to participate in a same-sex union blessing ceremony at Arch Street United Methodist Church (photo: UMNS).

BREAKING: Complaint Filed Against Philadelphia 36

July 3, 2014

Formal complaints have now been filed against the 36 renegade United Methodist ministers who jointly presided over a publicity-stunt same-sex union ceremony last fall are now facing formal complaints.

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Reaction Round-up for Adam Hamilton’s Episcopalianizing “Way Forward” for UMC

July 2, 2014

A round-up from around United Methodist cyberspace of reaction to Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter’s “Way Forward” for the UMC’s sexuality controversies.

Mr. (formerly Rev.) Frank Schaefer (Photo credit: UMNS)

United Methodist Pastor Reinstated in Same-Sex Marriage Case

June 24, 2014

A regional appeals committee of the United Methodist Church has reinstated the clergy credentials of a former pastor who was recently defrocked for performing a same-sex union ceremony.

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Detailed Analysis of Hamilton’s “Way Forward” for the UMC

June 10, 2014

I earlier gave a summary response to the proposal of the Rev. Adam Hamilton and others for the United Methodist Church to follow the lead of the Episcopal Church on sexual morality while adopting…