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General Conference 2016: A Triumph for Orthodoxy

May 27, 2016

Historical perspective is helpful in understanding why the recent United Methodist General Conference may have been the most faithful to Scripture and to the UMC Book of Discipline of any that have been held in the past forty years.

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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.


Lessons from Church and Society at GC2016

May 24, 2016

IRD Board Member Sara Anderson shares her thoughts from observing the Church and Society A committee at General Conference 2016.

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LGBTQ UMC Group’s Busy Day at General Conference

May 16, 2016

A Jericho-style march, storming the plenary floor in protest, a press conference, and non-violent protest training. LGBTQ UMC activists had a busy day at General Conference today.


United Methodist Controversy & Bric-à-brac

May 14, 2016

Not every moment at United Methodist General Conference is controversial or unpleasant.


Methodists Unofficially “Ordain” Non-Celibate Lesbian at General Conference

May 13, 2016

Although the ordination has no standing, the ceremony was timed in advance of expected votes on sexuality and marriage at the denomination’s Portland gathering, where LGBT activists hope to elevate the issue.


Methodists Resist Radical LGBT Discord

May 11, 2016

The film “An Act of Love” chronicles the open defiance by Frank Schaefer of the United Methodist Church’s prohibitions against homosexual marriage.

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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.


Unilateral Defiance on Gay Clergy Declared by New York, Baltimore-Washington Methodists

May 5, 2016

On the eve of United Methodist General Conference, two declining liberal regional bodies within the church openly defy the denomination’s prohibitions on ordaining sexually active gay clergy.

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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.

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About That Charlotte Methodist Gay Wedding Church

April 26, 2016

Demographic data paints a picture of a congregation failing to reflect the diversity, growth and youth of the population that surrounds it.


Queerness: a Tool for Theological Purification?

April 13, 2016

A Progressive Christian blogger argues that “queerness” is not only compatible with the gospel, but also capable of detoxifying American Christianity.