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Understanding the Judicial Council Ruling in the Schaefer Decision

November 7, 2014

The question we should be asking right now is, “what does this Decision mean for the larger Church?”

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Gushee Endorses LGBT Agenda

October 28, 2014

Gushee’s work is the latest example of a “conversion narrative” that marries an account of intellectual epiphany with a political manifesto designed to cause the church to rethink centuries of settled doctrine.

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United Methodist “Supreme Court” Re-Instates Renegade Pastor

October 27, 2014

The United Methodist Church’s “supreme court” has affirmed the reinstatement of a Pennsylvania pastor who was defrocked last year for performing a same-sex union service.

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It’s Not Gay: Examining Liberation from Lifestyle Bondage

October 19, 2014

Feelings of “being used,” suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and other disorders mark the lives of many suffering with gender confusion. The solution is a life grounded in Christ’s love.

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Philadelphia UMC Bishop: No More Gay Weddings

October 6, 2014

Johnson pledged that from now on, any United Methodist minister in her jurisdiction who “officiate[s] or host[s] a same-gender ceremony” will have complaints against them “handled swiftly”.

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Philadelphia United Methodist Bishop: No More Gay Weddings!

October 3, 2014

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson of Philadelphia, who supervises nearly 1,000 United Methodist congregations in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and eastern Maryland, has just declared that despite her personal liberal sympathies, “it is unacceptable to…

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DC Lobby Attacks UMC “Heterosexism,” Disrespects Global Church

September 26, 2014

At their fall 2014 board meeting, held last week, the board of directors of the United Methodist Church’s D.C. lobby office, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) directors decided to petition the…

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The Episcopal Church’s Website’s Deafening Silence on the Persecuted Church

August 27, 2014

What a denomination chooses to put on its official website says a lot about what its priorities are and what its vision is…

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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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Garrett-Evangelical Goes Gay?

August 10, 2014

The president of the United Methodist-affiliated Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has announced a year-long “conversation” about homosexuality and LGBT rights.

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United Methodist Failures with Young People

August 7, 2014

An important review of how much of United Methodism’s youth and young-adult ministry is failing.

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Dodging Bullets Over Religious Freedom

July 26, 2014

“Effectively, this writes a blank check to the Obama Administration (or future administrations) to force employers to pay for insurance coverage of any drugs, devices, and services…”