Staff-Dominated and Well-Funded, UMC’s Lobby Office Continues without Winkler

by (@JohnLomperis) January 31, 2014

As longtime chief Jim Winkler exits, it is worth examining the institutional momentum of the United Methodist Church’s GBCS as it continues without him.

13 Years of the GBCS’s Greatest Hits, Part One: Social Stances

by (@JohnLomperis) August 8, 2013

The recently announced changing of the guard at the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of the United Methodist Church is a good occasion for reviewing what has made this offering-plate-apportionments-funded agency so controversial in the life of our denomination.

This first (non-comprehensive) list is of some of the GBCS’s most striking approaches to social issues under the leadership of its outgoing General Secretary, Jim Winkler, who has been in charge since 2000.

Religious Group Blocks Laws that Could Stop other Kermit Gosnells

by (@TheIRD) May 20, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) In early May, the trial of Kermit Gosnell was drawing to a close. Our nation was gripped by the revelations of how for years, this notorious abortionist had enjoyed free reign to do his bloody work in horrifically unsanitary, effectively unregulated conditions, resulting in the murder of a number of newly born-alive […]

UMC Seeks to Fill a Rather Odd Denominational Leadership Position

by (@JohnLomperis) May 7, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) I recently learned that the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), the controversial DC lobby office funded by United Methodist offering-plate apportionments, is seeking a new Director of Women’s and Children’s Advocacy. Apparently, this means folding two positions – the Director of Women’s Advocacy (currently held by Amee Paparella) and […]

Report to UM Action Steering Committee: Challenges and Hope for our Historic Turning Point

by (@JohnLomperis) April 2, 2013

The following remarks were delivered by UMAction Director John Lomperis to the UMAction Steering Committee on April 2, 2013. Shortly before Christmas, I was honored to accept and formally begin my work as your new director of the UMAction program of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. America’s second-largest Protestant denomination appears to be at […]

Religious Voices Loud for “Marriage Equality”

by (@TheIRD) March 28, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (GagliaAC) Marriage equality advocates gathered early Tuesday morning for an interfaith service promoting gay marriage. Religious groups have been very vocal on both sides of the gay marriage debate. Tuesday was no exception as religious groups were very prominent at both the March for Marriage (pro-traditional marriage) and the United for Marriage […]

Religious Groups Celebrate Day to Thank Abortion Doctors

by (@TheIRD) March 18, 2013

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) In case you missed it, March 10 was National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. Yes, a special day to celebrate the work done by our friendly neighborhood abortionists. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), which enjoys official, unqualified endorsements from a collection of liberal Protestant, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, and atheist/humanist groups, […]

Breaking: Church Agencies Diverge on Abortion

by (@TheIRD) January 25, 2013

Contact:  Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell   “The mostly-young March for Life illustrates both an intensity and age gap between pro-lifers and pro-choicers.” -Mark Tooley, IRD President   Washington, DC—Tens of thousands of pro-life activists will gather in the nation’s capital on Friday, marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that swept away […]

Why Was the 2012 General Conference So Unproductive and Dysfunctional? (Part 4)

by (@TheIRD) December 14, 2012

The Final Judgment: Our UMC Needs Responsible, Courageous, and Trustworthy Leadership By John Lomperis In my recent four-part series, I have recounted how various groups of theologically revisionist activists aligned with the Common Witness Coalition were allowed to hijack the United Methodist Church’s highest leadership body to make it embarrassingly dysfunctional, for the sake of […]

Three Bad Arguments for the HHS Mandate, One Bad Principle

by (@TheIRD) August 1, 2012

by Christian M. Stempert I had the opportunity on Monday morning to listen in on a press conference held by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. While their support for Obamacare in general, and the HHS Contraceptive Mandate in particular was expected, I was surprised by some of the statements that were made. Some were […]