LGBT Group: ‘Racism’ Behind Talbert Complaints

by (@HashtagGriswold) March 20, 2014

Official complaints have been filed against retired United Methodist bishop Melvin Talbert after he officiatied a same-sex marriage in Alabama. But according to his biggest defender Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the complaints reveal an institutional racism in the UMC.

Board of Church and Society Holds Young Clergy Forum

by (@TheIRD) March 3, 2014

More than fifty young United Methodist clergy traveled to Capitol Hill at the end of January to take part in the 13th annual Young Clergy Leadership Forum hosted by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The stated purpose of the Forum is “to put a human face on the Board of Church and Society.” Provisional and Full Elders and Deacons were represented among the participants, and this was the first Forum in which two clergy from Africa were able to participate. The young clergy had the opportunity to meet GBCS staff and hear about the day-to-day advocacy, resourcing, and communication work in which they are engaged. Most of the material presented at the sessions was strong, though a couple of elements left much to be desired.

GBCS’ Selective Outrage: Israeli Sewage Edition

by (@HashtagGriswold) January 14, 2014

The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society’s anti-Israel posturing takes a turn for the esoteric, as they begin lobbying on behalf of the obscure issue of Israeli sewage leaks.

LGBT Activists Launch Campaign to “Divest” from, “Disrupt” UMC

by (@HashtagGriswold) December 12, 2013

As attempts to alter the Book of Discipline continue to fail, a group of radical LGBT activists vow to “disrupt” UMC events and “divest” resources from the church, including prayer, unless their demands are met.

Press Release: United Methodist Bishops Call for Charges against Bishop who Conducted Same-Sex Marriage

by (@TheIRD) November 15, 2013

Washington, DC- Today, bishops of the United Methodist Church (UMC) publicly rebuked a retired colleague who recently conducted a same-sex marriage celebration in Alabama.

RMN’s Churchquake Part 2: What I Did See

by (@HashtagGriswold) September 16, 2013

In my previous post, I highlighted some of the things I didn’t see at Reconciling Ministries Network’s (RMN) convocation Churchquake. In this post, I will highlight some of what I did witness Were I to summarize everything I saw or heard at Churchquake that would shock, bemuse, or anger the typical United Methodist, it would take me at […]

RMN’s Churchquake Part 1: What I Didn’t See

by (@HashtagGriswold) September 4, 2013

This past Labor Day weekend, Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), a group advocating for a greater acceptance of homosexuality within the United Methodist Church, held its national convocation called Churchquake: Embracing Freedom. I had the pleasure of attending the convocation, held at the nearby 4-H Youth Conference Center in nearby Chevy Chase, Maryland. Over four days, I heard and saw many things that spoke to the radicalism of the UMC’s reconciling movement. But before going into what I did see, I believe it’d be more instructive to note what I didn’t see.

UMC’s Obamacare Support Comes Back to Bite Them

by (@HashtagGriswold) August 6, 2013

In March of 2010, a deal was struck with House Democrats that allowed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as many have taken to calling it, to pass. In the moments before its passage, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor to thank supporters of the push for health care reform. As the IRD noted at the time, Pelosi specifically thanked the United Methodist Church (UMC): “Our coalition ranges from the AARP…to the American Medical Association, the Catholic Health Association… the United Methodist Church, and Voices of America’s Children.”

Peter Storey to Florida Methodists: “No Americanism for You!”

by (@bjgingerich) June 18, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) During last week’s Florida United Methodist Annual Conference, the unofficial Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) featured Peter Storey as speaker for its simultaneous events. Storey is the former president of the autonomous Methodist Church of Southern Africa, past president of the South African Council of Churches, and served as the […]

North Carolina United Methodist Conference Draws Attention to Gosnell Horrors

by (@bjgingerich) June 17, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Many thanks to Matt O’Reilly for spotlighting the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC), which recently issued a resolution on the General Board of Church and Society’s belated coverage of the Kermit Gosnell hearings. The previous media blackout of event reached the status of scandal as journalists […]