What the Bishops Really Did

By Thomas Lambrecht – Since the Council of Bishops finished their decision-making process on May 4 outlining their proposal for a Way Forward for the church, there has been much confusion. Part of the confusion stems from the careful language used by the bishops in their press release explaining their action. Part of the confusion […]

Controversy over Results on UM Constitutional Amendments

By Thomas Lambrecht- On Monday, May 7, the Council of Bishops announced [link] that two of the five amendments to the United Methodist Constitution approved by the 2016 General Conference were defeated by the votes of the annual conferences. In order to amend the Constitution, it takes approval by two-thirds of the General Conference delegates […]

Good News Statement on the Council of Bishops Decision

May 4, 2018 – This afternoon, the United Methodist Council of Bishops announced that it will submit a report to the special 2019 General Conference that contains all three plans for a way forward considered by the bishops and the Commission on a Way Forward. This will include the Traditionalist Plan, the One Church Plan, […]

Understanding Incompatibilists

By Thomas Lambrecht – The Council of Bishops is currently meeting to decide what proposal(s) to submit to the 2019 General Conference to resolve the conflict in our church. Will they understand and accommodate the interests and convictions of incompatibilists in their proposal(s)? The following is excerpted and adapted from my chapter in the book, […]

John Wesley: A Short, Uncertain Space

By Ralph Pauls – Jesus once told a parable about financial dealings and a shrewd manager. “Give an account of your stewardship,” the manager is told in the story (Luke 16:2). In his sermon, “The Good Steward,” Methodism’s founder John Wesley (1703-1791) wrote about the important issue of the responsibilities we hold regarding our financial […]

New Social Principles: A First Look

By Thomas Lambrecht – The 2012 General Conference commissioned the Board of Church and Society to do a total rewrite of the United Methodist Social Principles. The project is moving toward completion with the publication of the first draft of the proposed new principles. The aims in drafting the new principles were to make them: More succinct […]

Now is the Time

By Katy Kiser – “Now is the time of God’s favor, Now is the day of salvation.” – II Corinthians 6:2 Each year, women come to the national conference of the Celebration Women’s Ministry in Houston seeking to grow in Christ and encounter God’s Spirit. Some seek the assurance of salvation; others need forgiveness or […]

Bishops Request Judicial Council Decision

By Thomas Lambrecht – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the JudicialCouncil for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be submitted to the denomination’s Special Session of General Conference called for February 2019. The Council of Bishops announced their request in a statement issued this week. “The intent is to […]

Baltimore-Washington Defies Judicial Council

By Thomas Lambrecht – In response to six different annual conference boards of ordained ministry voting in 2016 not to comply with the Book of Discipline’s qualifications for ministry in evaluating candidates, the Judicial Council ruled that “The Board’s examination must include all paragraphs relevant to election of pastoral ministry, including those provisions set forth in […]

Tribalizing Methodism

By Scott Kisker – With the 2019 called General Conference looming, it is time to address the risks posed to our United Methodist polity as a peculiar articulation and preserver of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. The United Methodist Church is set up as a conciliar catholic church – the only one I know of. […]