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Abortion Changes Signal New Direction for United Methodists

May 25, 2016

The second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. has taken firm steps towards steering the 12.1 million-member denomination away from the path that it’s mainline Protestant peers have taken.

Rev. Cook introducing the anti-RCRC petition (Photo: Maile Bradfield, UMNS)

Rev. Beth Ann Cook: About that RCRC Presentation & Vote

May 25, 2016

In this guest post, Rev. Beth Ann Cook reflects and sets the record straight on her role in helping the 2016 General Conference end the UMC’s affiliation with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).

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.


Methodist Perseverance

May 20, 2016

On May 19 history was made. The United Methodist General Conference, representing a 12 million member denomination, voted to withdraw its church agencies from a Washington lobby that opposes all restrictions on abortion.


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.

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Amid Controversy, United Methodists Gather in Portland

May 9, 2016

Methodist clergy engaged in a campaign of ecclesiastical disobedience for marrying same-sex couples could face a roadblock this month as the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States gathers in Portland for a meeting of its top legislative body.

Religious Social Service

Why the Little Sisters Should Prevail – Part 2

April 7, 2016

Without liberal/left ideology, most people could easily see that people should not be required to pay for other people’s choices that they believe are immoral, or contribute to behavior believed immoral. This must be offered as the final argument for religious conscientious objection to a society which professes pluralism, and a state which professes neutrality.

Religious Social Service

Why the Little Sisters Should Prevail – Part 1

April 4, 2016

Religious educational and social services are not primarily educational and social services, but exercises of religion, teaching, broadcasting, publishing, or healing as religious acts, or as Christians would say, in obedience to Christ. They cannot be simultaneously irreligious in disobeying the commands of their faith (or again, as Christians would say, the commands of God).

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Irrationality in What Matters Most

March 5, 2016

The rationalist doctrine of moral autonomy, which at least presents itself as protecting human dignity and a rational encounter between human beings, ends in destroying both.

In McCullen v. Coakley, the US Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law banning protests immediately outside abortion clinics.

Episcopal Priest in Supreme Court Brief Had Abortion to Finish Divinity School, Later Tanked Parish

March 4, 2016

Religious groups weighed in prior to this week’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing about safety regulations for abortion clinics. Mainline Protestant clergy were among them.

Mary Dyer Led to Execution

Religious Freedom for Me but Not for Thee

February 20, 2016

Religious freedom should protect all, even the adherents of exclusivist religions, not merely those who agree with the liberationist vision of the cultural left.