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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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
March 3, 2014
More than fifty young United Methodist clergy traveled to Capitol Hill at the end of January to take part in the 13th annual Young Clergy Leadership Forum hosted by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). The stated purpose of the Forum is “to put a human face on the Board of Church and Society.” Provisional and Full Elders and Deacons were represented among the participants, and this was the first Forum in which two clergy from Africa were able to participate. The young clergy had the opportunity to meet GBCS staff and hear about the day-to-day advocacy, resourcing, and communication work in which they are engaged. Most of the material presented at the sessions was strong, though a couple of elements left much to be desired.
January 14, 2014
The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society’s anti-Israel posturing takes a turn for the esoteric, as they begin lobbying on behalf of the obscure issue of Israeli sewage leaks.