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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.

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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…

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection near Kansas City (photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

Response to Adam Hamilton’s Disconnectional “Way Forward” for the UMC

June 9, 2014

A response to Adam Hamilton’s plan for the United Methodist Church to follow the Episcopal Church’s liberalizing lead on sexual morality, while radically loosening the denomination’s connectional ethos and structure.

Rev. Beth Ann Cook of Indiana.

Beth Ann Cook: An Open Letter To the Methodist Middle

June 4, 2014

An evangelical United Methodist leader directly addresses the concerns of self-described moderate United Methodists over potential schism in the denomination.

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Sermon: “What should we do?”

June 3, 2014

The following sermon was delivered by UMAction Director John Lomperis on Sunday, April 27 at First UMC of Michigan City, Indiana   First Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13-22 Second Lesson:  Acts 2:1-41   Around this…

Incoming NCC President and General Secretary Jim Winkler (R) opened the council's 2014 Christian Unity Gathering with NCC Chair Dr. A. Roy Medley,  general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (Photo: National Council of Churches)

New NCC Chief Winkler Kicks off Christian Unity Gathering

May 23, 2014

Seeking to rebound from an extended period of difficulty and reorganization, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) convened this week inaugurating a new structure, president and mission working against mass incarceration and for interreligious relations with a focus on peace.

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Malaysian Christians facing “Re-Education” and Isolation

May 22, 2014

According to Christian advocacy group Open Doors, if a Muslim person in Malaysia is caught leaving Islam, they are sent to an Islamic re-education center in a jungle-with very tight security.

Open Doors also states that Malays who leave Islam are refugees in their own country and are treated as outcasts.

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#BringBackOurGirls … Now What?

May 17, 2014

U.K. publication Christian Today reports “#BringBackOurGirls has been tweeted over a million times, and a dedicated Facebook page has an estimated 60-thousand likes.”

Many world leaders have given support and been photographed with the hashtag.

The hashtag has increased awareness and concern of the situation. Now, the next question many people have been asking is: What can I do?