Remembering Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016)

By Steve Beard Unbeknownst to him, Professor Thomas C. Oden was the prime agitator to the agony and ecstasy of my seminary experience. It was wading through 1,400 pages of his three volume systematic text books that introduced me to his dear friends Athanasius, Basil, John Chrysostom, Gregory Nazianzen, as well as Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine […]

Clarification: Email questions

Clarification: In this space, Good News republished a widely-distributed email critique of the Wesleyan Covenant Association gathering in Chicago from a well-known denominational official in the North Central Jurisdiction. “It’s ok to forward this email to friends and delegates of your choice,” read the email. In anticipation of its release, the official wrote: “I’d prefer […]

A pastoral letter about the Oliveto election

As a pastor in The United Methodist Church, I write to share some happenings in our connectional family that merit a word. One of the great gifts of my life is being the Lead Pastor at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church. I love our congregation, and it is out of love that I write today. Whether […]

Western Jurisdiction elects Karen Oliveto as bishop

The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, senior minister of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, has been elected as a bishop by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. She is the first openly married lesbian to be elected bishop within the denomination. After two other candidates withdrew concluding the 16th ballot, Oliveto’s […]

A Prayer on this Day of Shock and Heartbreak

By Ravi Zacharias As we mourn this week’s tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and now Dallas, it is evident that we need God now more than ever. My prayer on this day of shock and heartbreak: God, our heavenly Father, our minds go back to the day when Jesus knelt beside his beloved city and […]

United Methodists endorse Wesleyan Covenant Association

July 1, 2016 An Open Letter to the People of The United Methodist Church: As clergy and lay leaders of healthy, vibrant orthodox United Methodist congregations, and as teachers preparing the future clergy leaders of our denomination, we welcome the creation of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. In these times of great uncertainty about the future […]

Western conferences endorse LGBT leaders for bishop

Two United Methodist clergypersons who came out publicly as LGBT religious leaders in a May letter to General Conference delegates have been endorsed as episcopal candidates from their annual conferences. The Western Jurisdiction will elect one new person to replace Bishop Warner Brown, who is retiring from the California-Nevada conference. The California-Pacific Annual Conference endorsed […]

Good News statement on Orlando terrorist attack

With all United Methodists across the nation, we mourn the death of the 49 victims in the Orlando terrorist attack. Whether they were gay, straight, bisexual, or transgender, they were the children of parents who will never again be able to hug and kiss them and assure them of their love. In a news cycle […]

Provocation upon provocation

More than 70 United Methodist pastors from the West Ohio Annual Conference participated in or bore witness to the same-sex wedding ceremony on Saturday, May 7. One of the clergy participants acknowledged the ceremony is in violation of UM Church teaching, but said it would “excite, engage and motivate others working for change.” The same […]

ARCHIVE: Civil Rights, Ecclesiastical Wrongs

- September/October 2000 – In the height of the 1960s civil rights era, the Rev. Melvin Talbert was locked in a jail cell in Atlanta for three days with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The two men were joined by 30 other student radicals who had been arrested during a demonstration against segregation. The captive […]