Recalling the opening words of John’s Gospel, David Watson in his Lifewatch sermon noted that “just as John holds up life in his account of the creation of all things, so we, the church, are called to hold up life in our proclamation. We are called to hold up life in a culture of death.”
Rather than talk about “leaving” something that we will no longer actually have, the choice should be understood in terms of continuing, writes John Lomperis about United Methodist schism.
Arthur Collins writes that some people are certainly leaving the UMC, and in the end, the American church will flip to meet the progressive side’s demands. He considers the many cost of separation and the costs of staying together in an increasingly dysfunctional denomination.