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.
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 […]
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.
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.”
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 […]
by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) As the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society held its annual board meeting, leaders of the social witness organization bid adieu to General Secretary Jim Winkler. He has served as head of the UMC’s official lobbying arm for nearly 13 years. An outspoken advocate for political liberalism, Winkler has […]
by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society board met last weekend for its annual meeting. Board members from across the world—though primarily from the United States—met at the historic Methodist Building and the famous L’Enfant Plaza Hotel to offer the required oversight and guidance to GBCS. Committees and […]
(Photo credit: United Methodist Church) By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) Last Sunday, February 10th, United Methodism’s Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University held an Immigration Vigil in Kresge Chapel. This event was held to highlight the importance that new federal immigration legislation includes family unification. United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the California-Pacific Annual […]
by Barton Gingerich (@BJGingerich) The proposed change to the Boy Scouts of America’s exclusion standards has hit national headlines. Currently, the BSA forbids openly gay leaders, volunteers, and scouts. This reflects the opinion of the vast majority of active parents and Scouting leadership. As an Eagle Scout and Brotherhood member of the Order of the […]