Having trouble understanding the United Methodist Church split? At the invitation of Pastor Jan Dillard, president of the Missouri chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA), I recently delivered the following speech and PowerPoint presentation outlining the long history of breakdown in discipline and doctrine that has led to our current point of separation, the basics of the widely supported “Protocol” deal to split the denomination, and the nature of the choice with which each conference and congregation in our denomination will soon be faced.
(Choosing to not vote is itself a choice, which results in someone else making the choice for you as to which of the two new emerging denominations you will belong.)
For those who prefer reading written content, I earlier posted a slightly adapted text of the main, historical part of my remarks, which you can read here.
For those of you who prefer multimedia, a video of my presentation is below:
(You can view a larger display of this video if you click on the “YouTube” logo in the bottom right-hand corner of the video above.)
Watching this video, with its handy visuals, can be helpful for any United Methodist congregation, Sunday school class, or individual member seeking a user-friendly explanation of the nature, terms, and necessary choices of the UMC split.
Alternatively, you can listen to or download an audio-only version below, but this lacks the visual presentation of my PowerPoint:
Given all of the tensions, controversies, and misinformation surrounding the UMC split, it is important to not simply believe everything we hear. Below are some sources providing documentation for key facts noted in my presentation:
Riley B. Case, Evangelical & Methodist: A Popular History (Nashville, Abingdon Press, 2004).
Ron Grossman, “Methodist Bishop Cleared of Heresy.” Chicago Tribune 19 February 2003. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2003-02-19-0302190091-story.html
John Lomperis, “Karen Oliveto’s Theology of Criticizing Jesus, Defending Demon Possession.” Institute on Religion & Democracy, 16 July 2016. https://juicyecumenism.com/2016/07/16/karen-olivetos-theology-criticizing-jesus-defending-demon-possession/
John Lomperis, “Lesbian ‘Bishop’ Karen Oliveto Warns to Not ‘Create an Idol Out of’ Jesus, Says He Had ‘Bigotries and Prejudices’ (UPDATED).” Institute on Religion & Democracy, 15 September 2017. https://juicyecumenism.com/2017/09/15/lesbian-bishop-oliveto-warns-not-create-idol-jesus-says-bigotries-prejudices-updated/
Leander W. Munhall, Breakers! Methodism Adrift (New York: C.C. Cook, 1913).
Protocol on Reconciliation and Grace through Separation: https://www.gracethroughseparation.com