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How We Got Here: The History of UM Conflict (Part 1)

How We Got Here: The History of UM Conflict (Part 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht The current state of separation and disaffiliation in The United Methodist Church has roots stretching far back into Methodism’s history. Profound disagreements about theology, spirituality, and hot-button social issues have been brewing within...

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The Early Growth of the Global Methodist Church

The Early Growth of the Global Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette The process of church disaffiliation has completed its second wave, with churches disaffiliating through special sessions of their annual conferences in the fall. This piecemeal process of disaffiliation is not what we had hoped for when I joined...

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Distrust Locks Down North Georgia Conference

By Rob Renfroe -- On December 28, 2022, the exiting bishop of the North Georgia Annual Conference and her appointive cabinet sent a very clear message to the churches, pastors, and laypersons of that conference. The message was: We don’t trust you. I initially chose...

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Bishop Scott Jones Joins Global Methodist Church

By Walter Fenton, Global Methodist Church -- United Methodist Bishop Scott Jameson Jones, the former leader of the UM Church’s Great Plains and Houston Episcopal Areas, has resigned from the episcopacy of the church and withdrawn from the denomination. Jones was...

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North Georgia Blocks Church Disaffiliation

By Thomas Lambrecht In a provocative, year-end proclamation as she was walking out the door to her new assignment in Virginia, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson defiantly led the North Georgia Conference to stop all local church disaffiliations. The “pause” announced by the...

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Making A New Disciple

By Phillip C. Thrailkill It’s a romantic ballad from 1970, but John Denver’s “Follow Me” has a chorus that echoes many of the themes of being a disciple: “Follow me where I go, what I do, who I know/ Make it part of you to be a part of me/ Follow me up and down/ All...

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When Women are Called by God

By Carolyn Moore I’m beginning to think it was a sign from God. Maybe that’s because it was in fact a sign. It was standing in front of The Holy House of Prayer of Jesus Christ, a little building with burglar bars on the windows situated deep in the heart of one of...

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New Bishops Elected

From United Methodist News In November, United Methodists in the United States elected 13 new bishops during their gatherings around the denomination’s five U.S. jurisdictional conferences. Jurisdictional leaders recommended electing 14 new bishops; however, the...

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Extrapolating a New UM Direction

By Thomas Lambrecht -- With the recent election of 13 new bishops, the active Council of Bishops will be made up of one-third new members on January 1, 2023. As such, they will play a powerful role in setting the direction of The United Methodist Church into the...

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