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Through a Glass Darkly

By Rob Renfroe - What will happen at the special General Conference this February? Right now, it’s anyone’s guess. We see through a glass darkly, not able to predict with confidence what the delegates will do and knowing that God can always surprise ...

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Remodeling Women’s Ministries

By Katy Kiser - Last summer, I took a friend who lives on the East Coast to Waco, Texas, on a tour inspired by the popular show “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines. The show is about what families go through to fix up a house. Not all ...

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Kind Life, Gentle Death

By Steve Beard - It had been three hard days for George H.W. Bush, the 94-year-old former President of the United States. Lifelong friend James Baker, Mr. Bush’s secretary of state and chief of staff, went to check on his neighbor – a man he called ...

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Where Methodism Flourishes

By Heather Hahn - In a village so thick with red dirt that the palm trees bear a rusty hue, a fresh burst of color beckons people from near and far. A new United Methodist church in Gouabo, Côte d’Ivoire – painted an almost-iridescent green – fills ...

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Worshipping without Walls in Zimbabwee

By the Rev. Tauri Emmanuel Maforo - John Wesley’s “The world is my parish” is being relived in Muzarabani Circuit as congregants worship under grass-thatched homesteads and pole sheds. A cappella music and ululating filled the humid atmosphere ...

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Church in Nigeria Sees Membership Boom

By the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel - By the year 2030, The United Methodist Church in Nigeria expects to have more than 2 million professing members. Over the past 10 years, the Nigeria Episcopal Area witnessed a 15 percent increase annually in church ...

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Jesus Changes Everything

By Carolyn Moore - One child’s birth in Bethlehem radically altered human history. In addition to his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ transformed the way that we view many aspects of everyday life. For example, Jesus’ take on the value ...

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In the News

Reference Committee Decides on Petitions

By Thomas Lambrecht - Of the 99 petitions submitted to the special called General Conference in St. Louis on February 23-26, 78 have been cleared to be considered by that body. This includes ...

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Why do so many bishops support the One Church Plan?

By Robert Sparkman - At the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, delegates voted to accept a proposal by the Council of Bishops to set up the "Commission on a Way Forward" to study how to ...

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The One Church Plan and the Rise of “Global South”

By Luther Oconer In May 2018, a majority of United Methodist bishops agreed to endorse the One Church Plan (OCP). This plan entails the removal of restrictive language in the United ...

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Is History an Argument for the One Church Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht A recent newsletter published by Mainstream UMC argues that, just as the church changed its understanding and teaching about slavery, the role of women in the church, and ...

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French: The One Church Plan and the Rise of “Global South”

Par Luther Oconer En mai 2018, une majorité des évêques Méthodistes Unis ont convenu de donner leur appui au Plan d'une Église Unique (en sigle PEU). Ce plan consiste à supprimer les termes ...

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Korean pastors voice skepticism about One Church Plan

"If the One Church Plan passes, KUMC would have difficulty in accepting an LGBT bishop assigned to the Korean UMCs due to its cultural and moral traditions," said the Rev. Paul Chang, executive ...

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Update on San Francisco’s Glide Memorial UMC

By Thomas Lambrecht - New action has taken place by the California-Nevada Annual Conference filing suit against Glide Memorial United Methodist Church over Trust Clause issues. Such action ...

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