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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.

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Angolan Bishop Urges UMC to Stand Firm on Homosexuality

February 8, 2016

East Angolan Bishop Gaspar João Domingos affirms the longstanding, biblical position on homosexuality held by the United Methodist Church.

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Study: Diversity in U.S. Churches Varies Greatly

July 28, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning is “the most segregated hour in this nation,” but it appears some religious groups are experiencing more success than others in overcoming this historic separation.

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Where Are the United Methodists? Understanding Disagreements Ahead of General Conference

July 21, 2015

“Focusing primarily on a vocal but relatively small minority who reject our denomination’s historic, biblical doctrinal and moral teachings misses the big picture of what United Methodists believe and practice,” says IRD’s John Lomperis.

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“Reconciling” Conference Demands Abandonment of Historic Biblical Teaching

May 19, 2015

Speakers at a Reconciling Ministries Network conference in Florida attempt to connect LGBT advocacy with the mission of the civil rights movement.

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John Wesley and Religious Liberty

March 26, 2015

Last year I wrote for First Things on John Wesley’s reaction to anti-Methodist riots in the mid-1700s as it relates to contemporary assaults on religious liberty. Recently a letter by John Wesley revealing his views…

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Fifty Years Since Methodism Grew in America

January 28, 2015

Methodism had been America’s largest Protestant denomination until surpassed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1967, whose membership is now more than double United Methodism’s.

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Before the March for Life, United Methodist Theologian Reminds That Life is Luminous

January 23, 2015

The following is the transcript of a sermon delivered by Dr. Edgardo A. Colón-Emeric Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School. It was preached during the Annual Lifewatch Worship Service on the morning…

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Choppy Waters Ahead: A Discussion with a UMC Bishop

July 16, 2014

Increasing pressure to address the issues of same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT persons have set a rather precarious stage…

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Could a UMC Bishop Speak like Constantinople’s Patriarch?

July 14, 2014

United Methodist bishops rarely speak outside the language of American hyper individualism and “rights.” In one typical example, a bishop, while acknowledging United Methodism’s policy that marriage is man and woman, still urged congregations…

Bishop Mel Talbert wearing the trademark rainbow-colored stole of the Reconciling Ministries Network, which promotes an "anything goes" sexual morality within the church.  (Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey / United Methodist News Service)

LGBT Group: ‘Racism’ Behind Talbert Complaints

March 20, 2014

Official complaints have been filed against retired United Methodist bishop Melvin Talbert after he officiatied a same-sex marriage in Alabama. But according to his biggest defender Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the complaints reveal an institutional racism in the UMC.