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An Assemblies of God youth convention gathers in West Bend, Wisconsin in 2007. Over the past decade, the Pentecostal denomination has posted significant growth. (Photo credit: Paul M. Walsh/AP)

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.

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Matt O’Reilly: Board of Church and Society Holds Young Clergy Forum

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.

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GBCS’ Selective Outrage: Israeli Sewage Edition

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.

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LGBT Activists Launch Campaign to “Divest” from, “Disrupt” UMC

December 12, 2013

As attempts to alter the Book of Discipline continue to fail, a group of radical LGBT activists vow to “disrupt” UMC events and “divest” resources from the church, including prayer, unless their demands are met.