How “Centrist” Is Uniting Methodists?

By Tom Lmbrecht- The new group Uniting Methodists is in the process of forming to (in their words) give voice to the “broad center” of The United Methodist Church. A recent information session about the group was held at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, led by the Revs. Adam Hamilton, Tom Berlin, and […]

What Is Unity?

By Thomas Lambrecht- In the wake of the September meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward in Berlin, I would like to reflect on the balancing act that the Commission is engaged in as it formulates its proposal for the Council of Bishops and the called 2019 General Conference. Any views expressed here are […]

Another Complaint, No Consequences

By Thomas Lambrecht As has become all too common, another complaint against a pastor for celebrating a same-sex wedding has been resolved without any discipline. In other words, the case has been “resolved” without any form of authentic resolution. The Rev. Ben Marshall, a retired clergy member of the North Texas Conference, performed a same-sex […]

New Room Renewal

“Great periods of Christian revival in the U.S. need not be consigned to the church’s circuit-rider past,” writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. “Even without the saddle sores and sawdust trail of yesteryear, a new generation of Christians can be just as fired up with the Holy Spirit.” Hahn was filing her news […]

Uniting Methodists Leaning Left

By Walter Fenton Uniting Methodists is a new caucus group that has entered as a “new voice” in the battle over the United Methodist Church’s sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and its ordination standards. It joins a long roster of groups formed by concerned United Methodists over the years to lobby official church bodies like […]

At the Center of What?

By Walter Fenton- In his recent respectful, but critical appraisal of so-called United Methodist “centrism,” Dr. Kevin Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, says he has “no idea to what extent [the Rev. Adam] Hamilton desires to be seen as a leader of… the United Methodist Centrist Movement.” […]

The Man Came Around: RIP Johnny Cash

In memory of Johnny Cash who died on this date in 2003, we reprint this obituary. By Steve Beard “We’ve seen the secret things revealed by God/ And we heard what the angels had to say/ Should you go first, or if you follow me/ Will you meet me in Heaven someday?” Johnny Cash wrote […]

Local UM Churches Respond to Harvey and Prepare for Irma

By Walter B. Fenton Local United Methodist churches across the country have rushed to support people trying to get back on their feet after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. And they are already preparing to assist those in the path of Hurricane Irma. Along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico, teams of United […]

In All Things

By Walter B. Fenton Surely the psalmist was using flood in a metaphorical sense when he cried out, “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me” (69:1-2). But […]

UMCOR Cleaning Kits for Houston

According to the Texas Annual Conference Disaster Response team, the best way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey are as follows. Monetary donations: These can be made directly to UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response, Advance #901670, at www.umcor.org If churches receive monetary donations for disaster relief, please send these to the conference treasurer’s office marked “Disaster […]