John Lomperis

John Lomperis

John Lomperis is IRD’s United Methodist Director. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and has an M.Div from Harvard University.



Bishop John Yambasu of Sierra Leone preaches May 19 (Photo: Mike DuBose / UMNS)

GC2016 Recap: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

May 21, 2016

Knowing how eager many of you readers are for news, here is a non-comprehensive summary of key highlights from the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Roe v. Wade

United Methodists Repeal Previous Endorsement of Roe v. Wade

May 21, 2016

United Methodists have taken major steps toward affirming the sanctity of all human life during their denomination’s General Conference meeting this week in Portland.


United Methodists Quit Abortion Coalition

May 19, 2016

United Methodists have voted to require church boards and agencies to withdraw immediately from an organization that advocates for abortion on demand.

Anti-Israel Coalition

United Methodists Vote to Encourage Disaffiliation from Anti-Israel Coalition

May 17, 2016

Delegates adopted a proposal asking to conclude agency affiliation with the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation on a vote of 478 to 319.

Methodist Madrassah

Southern California’s Methodist Madrassah

May 6, 2016

Claremont School of Theology promotes the spread of Islam in North America while doing little to train the next generation of clergy of the United Methodist Church.

Val Rosenquist

Complaints Filed Against Charlotte Methodist Pastor for Conducting Same-Sex Marriage

April 27, 2016

“They have demonstrated a profound lack of personal integrity, by breaking their own word, and an extreme disrespect for the majority of United Methodists, who do not agree with their actions,” says UMAction Director John Lomperis.

United Methodist General Conference Media

Who Are these People? Who’s Who Among Some of the Major Caucuses Seeking to Influence the General Conference

April 18, 2016

A guide to some of the major caucuses seeking to influence the United Methodist General Conference.

Pastor Dale Locke of Community of Hope with his wife, Beth

Evangelicals Continue Dominating Fastest-Growing UMC Congregations

March 30, 2016

Once again, the data shows that the senior pastors of United Methodism’s fastest-growing congregations are primarily evangelicals, largely educated at Asbury.


UM Action Supports Covenantal Unity Plan

March 28, 2016

We support the Covenantal Unity Plan to restore Christian discipline, accountability, and covenantal unity to the troubled United Methodist Church.

Connectional Table (CT)

Some Facts General Conference Delegates Should Know about the Connectional Table (CT)

February 19, 2016

Here are five important facts delegates to the 2016 General Conference should know as they consider the proposals from the UMC Connectional Table.

Photo: Mike DuBose, UMNS

If UMAction Acted Like Liberal UMC Caucuses

February 12, 2016

A simple thought experiment highlights how United Methodists who reject biblical teaching on some issues also reject Jesus Christ’s Golden Rule.

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A Simple Proposal: Automatic Penalties for Disobedience Movement Clergy

January 28, 2016

UM Action unveils a bold new plan for permanently moving the United Methodist Church past its sexuality controversies.