Boundaries of the Faith

By Thomas Lambrecht — I recently read a diagnosis that said many of the ills in today’s society can be traced to the blurring or ignoring of boundaries. That same diagnosis can serve to describe much of what ails The United Methodist Church. Boundaries in Doctrine John Wesley was clear from the beginning that clear […]

Farewell to a Friend: Remembering William J. Abraham

On Thursday, October 7, United Methodism lost a remarkable scholar who exercised his theological and spiritual gifts with wit and precision. Dr. William J. Abraham was one of the theologian pillars of the church – not just in Methodism, but in broader ecumenical circles, as well. He was a herculean force for traditional Wesleyan theology […]

Distinctions, Differences, and the Future of Methodism

By Thomas Lambrecht What will the proposed new Global Methodist Church look like? How will it operate? In what ways will it be different from what we have been accustomed to in The United Methodist Church? These questions weigh on the minds of people who are thinking about the option of aligning with the GM […]

Solidarity with the Cuban People

The Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association – Florida shares the following statement in solidarity for the brave Cuban people. The statement is in both English and Espanol. To support our Cuban Methodist sisters and brothers, we encourage you to prayerfully consider giving a gift to Methodists United in Prayer (formerly the Florida/Cuba Covenant). This […]

The Ill-Conceived Plan to Seize Mt. Bethel’s Assets

By Thomas Lambrecht — In a dramatic and unprecedented move, the North Georgia Annual Conference has initiated action to seize control of the assets of the largest congregation in the conference, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. The conference cited “exigent circumstances [that] have threatened the continued vitality and mission of Mt. Bethel United Methodist […]

East Cobb News: Methodist Church to seize Mt. Bethel assets

The Board of Trustees of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church has voted to seize the assets of Mt. Bethel UMC and will operate the church effective immediately, the latest move in an escalating crisis with the East Cobb congregation. In a statement issued late Monday, North Georgia Conference Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson […]

AJC: North Georgia Conference seizes assets of Mt. Bethel UMC

In an extremely rare move, the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church has seized the assets of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta amid a fight over who should be its senior pastor. The conference announced its stunning decision in a statement released Monday and said it was “acting out of love […]

Mt. Bethel statement regarding Bishop’s move to seize assets

Statement by Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Regarding North Georgia Conference UMC Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson’s Move to Close Mt. Bethel UMC’s Doors and Seize its Assets  July 13, 2021 Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church continues to escalate a crisis of her own making at Cobb County’s Mt. Bethel United Methodist […]

Father’s Day

Video courtesy of The United Methodist Church By Steve Beard – Happy Father’s Day! Sonora Smart Dodd (1882-1978) is credited as the inspiration behind the campaign to inaugurate Father’s Day. She was one of six children raised in a single parent home by her father, a Civil War veteran, after the death of her mother. She told […]

Bishop’s Video Raises New Questions

By Thomas Lambrecht – A recent video by North Georgia Annual Conference Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson attempts to clear the air and present greater transparency regarding the ongoing controversies surrounding Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. Haupert-Johnson sought to move the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jody Ray, and the resulting controversy ended with Ray surrendering his credentials […]

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