Why the “local option” is not the answer

By Rob Renfroe – Recently a progressive United Methodist pastor said to me, “I don’t understand why you can’t accept the local option. It lets pastors who want to marry gay couples do so. But it doesn’t compel people like you to perform such ceremonies. It allows annual conferences to ordain married homosexuals where that’s […]

Oliveto preaches an opening sermon before Council of Bishops

According to reporting from Heather Hahn (UMNS), United Methodist bishops find themselves “off the map” as they try to navigate a way forward through the church’s impasse over homosexuality, said Bishop Bruce R. Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota area. “There is currently no larger or intractable barrier to the mission, unity and vitality of The United […]

Opinion: The temptations of division and unity

– By Donald W. Haynes The 21st century infighting about marriage, sexuality, and the Christian faith are obviating the relatively unrelated mistakes of the 20th century. That is the century when we lost membership and attendance inside the institutional church, and muscle at the “table of the public square.” Either cobbling together some modicum of […]

General Board of Church and Society, reliably left

By Walter Fenton Some United Methodists are surprised to discover that there is an entire United Methodist political lobbying agency in Washington D.C. called the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). It actually operates out of a prominent and priceless building next door to the Supreme Court and across the street from the United […]

Dividing The United Methodist Church on PBS

Please be sure to watch the new documentary called “Dividing The United Methodist Church” by Bonnie Erbé, host of PBS’s program “To The Contrary.” It features extensive discussion about the 40-year-old debate within our denomination over marriage and sexuality. “You can fault the United Methodist Church for many things but one thing you cannot fault […]

African Bishops challenge their colleagues

By Walter Fenton The United Methodist bishops in Africa have released a statement calling on all UM bishops to fulfill “their shepherding responsibility (1 Peter 5:2-4)” regarding the church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality. The statement was released November 3, during the Council of Bishops’ fall retreat in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. In their statement, […]

United Methodist Bishops from Africa issue statement

From the 7-11 September, 2015, we the Bishops of the Central Conferences of Africa gathered at the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe as part of our Annual business meeting. Highlights of the meeting included worship, fellowship, and evaluation of ministries and responsibilities God has entrusted to our care as Shepherds of His flock. Our […]

Letter from United Methodist Men to the Boy Scouts

“We would ask that these new membership proposals being considered at the May, 2013 Annual Meeting of BSA not be implemented at this time. More time is needed for the 50 United Methodist Annual Conferences and the thousands of United Methodist churches to research in a thoughtful and prayerful manner exactly what this change might mean.”

A Matter of Interpretation: Engaging Adam Hamilton

By Rob Renfroe and Thomas Lambrecht
In a recent column in The Washington Post, the Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas (the largest United Methodist congregation in the U.S.), stated that Bible verses that prohibit same-sex intimacy “capture the cultural understandings and practices of sexuality in biblical times, but do not reflect God’s will for gay and lesbian people.” This is not a new position for Rev. Hamilton to take. He came to the same conclusion in his 2010 book, When Christians Get It Wrong.

Archive: The Gold Medal for Jackie Robinson

By George Mitrovich
In becoming the first black man to play in the major leagues, Robinson encountered racism in its vilest manifestations—racial taunts and slurs, insults on the playing field and off, character assassination, death threats, and anything else the wicked among us in mid-twentieth century America could throw at him. But despite the evil of such provocations he somehow found a way to rise above his tormentors, to literally turn the other cheek and demonstrate that however great his athletic skills, his qualities as a human being were infinitely greater. In this story is another story—not about a baseball player, but a story about a man and his faith. It is a story seldom mentioned in the secular press.

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