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Chad Holtz: The Progressive United Methodism’s Devolution of Love

March 26, 2015

Frank Schaefer’s embrace of Universalism suggests a view of “love” that is more sentimental than Christian.

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Virginia “Just Resolutions” Show Liberal Methodist Zeal of “Punishment for Thee but not for Me”

March 23, 2015

The divergent responses of liberal United Methodists to controversies in Virginia demonstrates a zeal for harshly punishing evangelical clergy while protecting only clergy within their own narrow faction.

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Wealthy Caucus Offers to Pay UMC Clergy Who Break Ordination Vows

March 19, 2015

For any church to function, it needs to have a certain level of basic doctrinal and moral standards (especially for ordained clergy and others in leadership), some clear policies followed with some degree of…

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Virginia “Just Resolutions” Offer Mild Penalties, Profiles in Non-Courage

March 18, 2015

Two Virginia United Methodist clergy receive light punishments for performing same-sex unions, highlighting both the need to reform our accountability structure and the offenders’ lack of courage.

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Methodists & Race

March 18, 2015

Wesley Seminary hosted a well attended panel on faith and race last evening, undoubtedly nobly intended, but frustratingly offering few if any clear pathways of hope.  Several panelists mentioned the church’s supposed “silence” about…

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Joel Watts: Vote No on UMC “Centrist Movement” petition

March 12, 2015

Joel Watts critiques the new petition from the “United Methodist Centrist Movement” on theological as well as pragmatic grounds.

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Even in Addressing “Slippery Slope,” Gay Methodist Caucus Won’t Oppose Multiple Partners

March 10, 2015

The main United Methodist LGBTQ caucus attempts to refute “slippery slope” arguments on gay marriage, but ends up admitting openness to multiple partners, amidst other bizarreness.

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Chapel Controversy Prompts Duke Panel to Examine “Sacred Space”

February 27, 2015

A panel of religious leaders at Duke University examined the role of “sacred space” following a controversial decision – later reversed – to permit use of the chapel bell tower as a minaret.

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What Seth Rogen Can Teach the United Methodist Church about Social Justice and Human Rights

February 19, 2015

What I wish leaders of my denomination would learn from Seth Rogen’s moral vision.

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United Methodism’s Human Rights Hat-Trick of Early 2015

February 19, 2015

Celebrating three recent examples of much-needed responsibility and moral consistency in United Methodist human-rights advocacy.

Reverend Canon Gina Campbell (left) to preside over January 25 Eucharist, becoming the first United Methodist to do so at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Kim Cape (right) to preach. (Photos: GBHEM)

United Methodists and Episcopalians Mark “Waystation” to Full Communion

February 6, 2015

United Methodist and Episcopal Church officials recently joined together at the National Cathedral to mark an agreement bringing the two denominations closer.