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A Voice, Not an Echo

By Rob Renfroe- Shortly after the General Conference in 2012 reaffirmed our biblical position on marriage and sexuality, one of our most progressive bishops wrote: “Delegates from Africa once again proclaimed that their anti-homosexual stand was ...

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Helen Rhea Stumbo Receives Renewal Award

By Walter Fenton- The Good News Board of Directors bestowed the Ed Robb Jr. United Methodist Renewal Award on Helen Rhea (Luce) Stumbo of Fort Valley, Georgia. The award is presented to a clergy or layperson that has clearly demonstrated his or ...

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Saxophone Sermon

By Steve Beard- It is one thing to listen to John Coltrane’s album A Love Supreme – and it is completely another event to hear the art behind the notes. Jazz is like that. It’s an acquired taste. With no shame, I readily admit that it took ...

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African Bishops Challenge Their Colleagues

By Walter Fenton- Six months before United Methodists from all around the globe gather in Portland for the 2016 General Conference, the bishops in Africa released a statement calling on all UM bishops to fulfill “their shepherding responsibility ...

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The Narrative of Evil

By Elizabeth Glass Turner- Where haute couture fashion houses dominate and the Mona Lisa smiles, where the Notre Dame cathedral towers with long-held cultural memories of a famed hunchback and the Eiffel Tower beckons to retainer-wearing junior ...

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Relearning the Scriptural Story

By Brian D. Russell- “All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players / They have their exits and their entrances / And one man in his time plays many parts / His acts being seven ages.” –William Shakespeare, “As ...

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New Life in Garbage city

By Courtney Lott- We were told not to open the windows. Secretly, I was glad because I could practically see the smell. For two days already I had toured Egypt. While I was enthralled by the sheer size of the Pyramids, amazed at the artistry of ...

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In the News

Pastor’s ‘My Muslim Problem’ post draws many readers

By Sam Hodges Jan. 29, 2016 | HEATH, Texas (UMNS) The Rev. Omar Rikabi likes to write. A few weeks ago, he composed an essay, giving it the slyly provocative title “My Muslim ...

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An Unnecessary, Convoluted, and Patronizing Rule

By Walter Fenton A proposed new rule is likely to stir considerable debate at the very first plenary session at the 2016 General Conference (GC) in Portland, Oregon. Rule 44 is put forward ...

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UMC General Conference Delegates are Mature Christians

By Walter Fenton When a narrative is repeated often enough, whether it's true or false, it can begin to shape reality. For the past several years The United Methodist Church's General ...

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NEWS ANALYSIS: UMC Will Not Invest in 5 Israeli Banks

By Walter Fenton- The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the United Methodist News Service reported this week that the UM Church's General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) will ...

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Anglican Communion Suspends the Episcopal Church in the U.S.

By Walter Fenton- The Anglican Communion, which represents 44 national churches, voted this Thursday to suspend the Episcopal Church in the U.S. from full participation in the worldwide body. It ...

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Complaint Filed Against Kansas Pastor

By Walter Fenton- According to the Kansas City Star, a district superintendent in the Great Plains Annual Conference has filed a complaint against the Rev. Cynthia Meyer, the pastor who recently ...

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U.S. membership decline continues

By Walter Fenton According to the most recent data, The United Methodist Church has lost 116,063 members - the stark equivalent to losing a 318-member local church every day of the year. The ...

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