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National Cathedral Hosts Muslim Friday Prayers

November 14, 2014

For the first time, the Episcopal Church’s Washington National Cathedral has hosted a Muslim service of Friday prayers at the landmark national church.

The UMC Council of Bishops meeting today (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

Bishops Statement Re-Affirms Vows to Uphold UMC Doctrine, Discipline

November 7, 2014

The UMC Council of Bishops releases a brief statement asking for prayer, re-affirming commitment to guarding the doctrine, unity, and governing Discipline of the denomination.

Love Prevails activist Julie Todd disrupts the CT's fall 2013 meeting (photo credit: Tim Tanton / UMNS)

UMC’s Mississippi Conference Urges Connectional Table to Shift Course

November 5, 2014

The Mississippi Annual Conference urges the UMC Connectional Table to focus on positive reforms, like proportional representation, rather than its current liberalizing agendas.

Bishop Rosemary Wenner, left, symbolically passes the gavel of the presidency of the United Methodist Council of Bishops to Bishop Warner Brown, Jr. (Photo credit: Andrew Jensen, United Methodist Communications)

UMC Bishops Convene As Talbert Fundraises for RMN

November 3, 2014

The global United Methodist Council of Bishops convenes as Mel Talbert’s defiance continues.

The Council of Bishops earlier today (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

Scholar Urges UMC Bishops to Reclaim Early Methodist Class, Band Meetings

November 3, 2014

A prominent United Methodist scholar urges UMC bishops and the denomination to reclaim the classes and bands of early Methodism.

Rev. Matt Lipan (photo credit : www.castletonumc.org)

Matt Lipan: A New Room Full of New Voices

November 3, 2014

Rev. Matt Lipan reports on the recent “New Room” conference for faithful United Methodists recently hosted by the Wesleyan Covenant Network and Seedbed.

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ANALYSIS: What was the UMC Judicial Council Thinking in the Schaefer Case?

October 31, 2014

An explanation of what exactly happened with the recent re-instatement of renegade United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer.

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Time for United Methodists to Move Forward

October 30, 2014

The UMAction Steering Committee recently met in Washington, D.C. to discuss current developments, challenges, and opportunities within our United Methodist Church. These faithful United Methodist lay and clergy men and women from across our…

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Counsel for the Church Responds to Schaefer Ruling

October 29, 2014

Those who made the church’s case against renegade UMC pastor Frank Schaefer’s rebellion respond to his being reinstated based on alleged technicalities.

While we could quibble over the relationship of the precise steps here, this classic 1922 cartoon illustrates the sort of progressive theological decline exemplified by Bart Campolo (Photo credit: Wikipedia.org)

Bart Campolo’s Slide through Progressive Christianity to Godless Humanism

October 28, 2014

The last few weeks have seen a lot of commentary on Bart Campolo, son of famous liberal evangelical speaker and author Tony Campolo, leaving Christianity to become a devotee of “secular humanism.”

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How Churches Should NOT Address Political Issues

October 27, 2014

A United Methodist case study helpfully illustrates what your church should NOT do when it addresses social and political concerns.

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What is the Foundation for United Methodist Political Lobbying?

October 26, 2014

Last month, the UMC’s political lobby office displayed some striking biblical and theological sloppiness, pointing to deeper problems than any particular social issue.