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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.

Rev. Stephen Rankin

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 Peter 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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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.


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.