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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.

Mr. (formerly Rev.) Frank Schaefer (Photo credit: UMNS)

United Methodist Pastor Reinstated in Same-Sex Marriage Case

June 24, 2014

A regional appeals committee of the United Methodist Church has reinstated the clergy credentials of a former pastor who was recently defrocked for performing a same-sex union ceremony.

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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.

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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…

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Question Facing UMC: Who is Lord, Jesus or Caesar?

May 10, 2014

The United Methodist Church’s finance agency appears to have made a major decision by thinking in terms of money and secular norms to the exclusion of Christian faithfulness considerations.

Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy, a married lesbian United Methodist elder who had charges against her dropped last week. (Photo courtesy of MIND)

Charges Dismissed Against Married Lesbian UMC Minister

May 8, 2014

Complaints filed against Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy, a married lesbian elder in the United Methodist Church, were dismissed last week by New York Area Bishop Martin McLee.

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Come One, Come “All to Light the Fire!” Church Renewal Conference

May 7, 2014

United Theological Seminary’s church renewal conference, “Light the Fire!” will be held later this week, May 8-9 in Tipp City, Ohio (near Dayton). This annual event is a great place to connect and be encouraged with other evangelical United Methodists.

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of North Carolina moderated the panel discussion (Photo credit: IRD)

High-Profile UMC Panel Discusses Homosexuality

May 1, 2014

A summary of a widely watched public dialogue on homosexuality offered by the Connectional Table of the United Methodist Church for the denomination.

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Methodist Top Court Upholds Policy of Domestic Partner Benefits

April 30, 2014

United Methodism’s top court upheld the church’s financial agency’s policy of granting spousal benefits to same-sex spouses and unmarried opposite-sex domestic partners of church agency employees in states where those domestic arrangements have legal recognition.