Faithful America is “a fast-growing online community dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right and putting faith into action for social justice.” It’s also funded by George Soros and other left-wing secular philanthropies for “organizing the faithful to take on right-wing extremists and renew the church’s prophetic role in building a more free and […]
A must-read big-picture overview of the big-picture trends, challenges, and opportunities currently facing the United Methodist Church, recently delivered by IRD’s United Methodist director John Lomperis to the UM Action Steering Committee.
The Rev. Ryan Barnett is senior pastor of St. John’s UMC in Corpus Christi, Texas and a member of the board of directors for the Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church. This article originally appeared on his personal blog ( http://pastorryan.com/) under the title “Wishing God were more like Jesus.”
by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Many thanks to Matt O’Reilly for spotlighting the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC), which recently issued a resolution on the General Board of Church and Society’s belated coverage of the Kermit Gosnell hearings. The previous media blackout of event reached the status of scandal as journalists […]
By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) A prominent United Methodist leader has proposed a creative way for United Methodist congregations to stop funding our denomination’s bloated and often out-of-touch general denominational agencies. Rev. Thomas “Andy” Langford is a five-term General Conference delegate, a member of our denomination’s powerful Connectional Table, a sixth-generation United Methodist, a former member […]
By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) I recently learned that the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), the controversial DC lobby office funded by United Methodist offering-plate apportionments, is seeking a new Director of Women’s and Children’s Advocacy. Apparently, this means folding two positions – the Director of Women’s Advocacy (currently held by Amee Paparella) and […]
By Mark Tooley @markdtooley An official with United Methodism’s Capitol Hill lobby office has pronounced he was “devastated” by last week’s defeat of gun control measures in the U.S. Senate. He angrily declared: “Shame on the Senate for not acting to end gun violence.” “END” gun violence? Would any of the proposals for expanding background […]