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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?

07 Apr 2006, Taiyuan,  Shanxi , China --- Chinese Catholics walk during a pilgrimage for the Virgin Mary. (Photo credit: Reinhard Krause/Reuters/Corbis)

War on the Cross

August 25, 2014

The cross is a constant reminder that we need to take human nature as it actually is, a great contradiction of good and evil, virtue and vice, love and hatred. It is also a symbol announcing that ultimate loyalty cannot be to this world and its powers.

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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.

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Stephen Rankin: Learning from, Not Gloating Over Mark Driscoll’s Fall

August 13, 2014

A United Methodist pastor reflects on how we should seek to humbly learn from the recent fall of Pastor Mark Driscoll, and reject all gloating.

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.

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.

Professor William Payne (Photo credit: Ashland Theological Seminary)

William Payne: Culture Clashes, Secularism, and the LGBT Debate in the Global UMC

July 8, 2014

A seminary professor wonders if American United Methodists will halt their paternalism for long enough to actually listen, and perhaps even be willing to be taught by, African United Methodists.

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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.

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Don Hand: Homosexuality and the 1972 Social Principles – Did the Conflict Begin with “the language”?

July 4, 2014

The United Methodist who first moved to insert the declaration that homosexual practice is “incompatible with Christian teaching” into the denomination’s governing Discipline responds to a request for historical perspective on the UMC’s sexuality controversies, and reflects on our present challenges.

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.