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Time for United Methodists to Move Forward

October 30, 2014

The UMAction Steering Committee recently met in Washington, D.C. to discuss current developments, challenges, and opportunities within our United Methodist Church. These faithful United Methodist lay and clergy men and women from across our…

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Counsel for the Church Responds to Schaefer Ruling

October 29, 2014

Those who made the church’s case against renegade UMC pastor Frank Schaefer’s rebellion respond to his being reinstated based on alleged technicalities.

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Defrocking Methodist Clergy & Orthodoxy’s Unending Challenge

October 27, 2014

Defrocked United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer, who defied church law against same sex rites, has been reinstated by a church court on a technicality.

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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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How Churches Should NOT Address Political Issues

October 27, 2014

A United Methodist case study helpfully illustrates what your church should NOT do when it addresses social and political concerns.

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Does Gay UMC Group Want to “Burn the Damned Church Down”?

October 13, 2014

A prominent leader of the main United Methodist LGBTQ caucus has expressed support for a call to burn down the denomination for its biblical standards for sexual-self control. This is but a recent example of a disturbing pattern of extreme vitriol on the part of liberal United Methodist leaders.

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Can Methodism Reach America’s Reviving Cities?

October 12, 2014

Will United Methodists ever get serious about reaching America’s cities with the Gospel? This question again struck me over the last two weekends when travels placed me in historic downtowns. When traveling on Sundays…

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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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Religiously Omnigender Bathroom Justice

October 5, 2014

Recently Harvard Divinity School posted signage outside one of its bathrooms advertising it as transgender/omnigender friendly. The sign inclusively included icons for male, female, and a combo of the two, plus handicapped. Harvard Divinity…

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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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UMC Lobby Office Targets Human Embryos, Okay with “New Eugenics”

September 25, 2014

The controversial Washington office of the United Methodist Church has launched a new attack on the dignity of human embryos and is now even effectively defending eugenics.