Why Was the 2012 General Conference So Unproductive and Dysfunctional? (Part 4)

by (@TheIRD) December 14, 2012

The Final Judgment: Our UMC Needs Responsible, Courageous, and Trustworthy Leadership By John Lomperis In my recent four-part series, I have recounted how various groups of theologically revisionist activists aligned with the Common Witness Coalition were allowed to hijack the United Methodist Church’s highest leadership body to make it embarrassingly dysfunctional, for the sake of […]

Why Was the 2012 General Conference So Unproductive and Dysfunctional? (Part 3)

by (@TheIRD) December 12, 2012

Part 3: Protest Making Legislative Change [12/14 Editors note: Reading the "Why Was the 2012 General Conference So Unproductive and Dysfunctional" series for the first time? Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4.] By John Lomperis The window of opportunity for delegates to do their work was further narrowed by the antics of activists of the Common […]

The Attempted Unitarian Universalization of The United Methodist Church

by (@TheIRD) June 5, 2012

by John Lomperis One of the most striking contrasts for me to observe between mainline-denominationally-affiliated theological liberals in “safer” environments like Harvard Divinity School (where I earned my MDiv) vs. in more activist environments like the UMC General Conference is the much greater degree of defensiveness in the latter over words used in describing theologically […]