What Loving LGBTQ Ministry Could Look Like

By Thomas Lambrecht – At the St. Louis General Conference and since, conservatives have often been accused of being hateful, bigoted, and punitive toward LGBTQ persons. We frequently hear quoted “Do no harm!” and “Love your neighbor!” These statements are aimed at the traditional view that marriage is between one man and one woman and […]

Progress Report on Annual Conference Actions

By Thomas Lambrecht – We are halfway through the U.S. annual conference season. Annual conferences represent local churches and clergy in regional areas of the country. There are currently 55 annual conferences in the U.S. As of Friday, 29 of those annual conferences have met. Several of the annual conferences have passed resolutions opposing the […]

Rejoinder to Rebekah Miles

By Thomas Lambrecht – The Rev. Dr. Rebekah Miles recently invited her readers to join her going down the “rabbit hole” into the “Alice in Wonderland” that is currently The United Methodist Church. The point of her post is to critique elements of the Traditional Plan and encourage her readers to worry about what it might […]

“UMC Next” Counters Traditional Plan

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson (North Georgia), Bishop Mike McKee (North Texas), the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior minister of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary of the denomination’s Discipleship Ministries, were part of the convening team of a meeting organized to strategize its opposition to the Traditional […]

What Do Methodists Believe (Part II)

By Thomas Lambrecht – A recent survey by United Methodist Communications indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider themselves theologically conservative/traditional. At the same time, 28 percent identified as moderate/centrist and 20 percent as progressive/liberal. In a previous blog, I examined the implications of this finding. Last week I delved more deeply into specific beliefs United Methodists hold about […]

What Do United Methodists Believe? (Part I)

By Tom Lambrecht – A previous “Perspective” blog called attention to a survey conducted by United Methodist Communications that indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider themselves theologically conservative/traditional. At the same time, 28 percent identified as moderate/centrist and 20 percent as progressive/liberal. This finding runs counter to the narrative that the “vast majority” of American United Methodists […]

A Statement on Ordination Standards From the Renewal and Reform Coalition

Since the 2019 General Conference and the subsequent ruling from the Judicial Council, there have been questions and some controversy about one of the provisions of the Traditional Plan. Some have taken that provision to mean that the church seeks to exclude all persons who experience same-sex attractions, whether they act on those attractions or […]

Why Traditionalists Are Not Leaving

By Thomas Lambrecht – In a recent blog post, the Rev. Adam Hamilton outlined the results of two leadership meetings held to identify options for a way forward for The United Methodist Church from the perspective of moderates and progressives. He identified two options his groups are considering: Leave to form a new United Methodism Stay, resist, […]

Judicial Council Affirms the Traditional Plan

Good News Statement The Judicial Council has properly ruled that many parts of the Traditional Plan are constitutional and can go into effect. United Methodists around the globe can be gratified that the Judicial Council has upheld the direction and will of the General Conference. These rulings are consistent with the Council’s previous rulings and provide a […]

Christ’s death and our life

By John R. W. Stott – Jesus was spending his last evening on earth in quiet seclusion with his apostles. It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and they had met to eat the Passover meal together in a friend’s house. The place is described as “a large upper room, furnished […]