Florida WCA President Surrenders Credentials over Extreme Requirements

By Thomas Lambrecht – ​​​​​The Rev. Jay Therrell, president of the Florida regional chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, surrendered his credentials as an ordained elder on July 8. He did so because of requirements that had been placed upon him by the conference board of ordained ministry that were inconsistent with the Book of Discipline and […]

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 […]

Is Now the Time for Local Congregations to Leave the UM Church?

  By Thomas Lambrecht – ​​​​​​​This is a time fraught with anxiety and frustration for many United Methodists. Some progressives are exasperated that they are unable to fully affirm LGBT ordination, same-sex marriage, and various gender identities. Some traditionalists are upset at some of the ways traditionalist pastors and churches have been targeted by unsympathetic […]

British Methodism Adopts Progressive Sexuality Standards

   By Thomas Lambrecht – On Wednesday, the British Methodist Church became the largest denomination in Great Britain to endorse same-sex marriage. The overwhelming vote follows the acceptance of an initial report in 2019, God in Love Unites Us, followed by two years of discussion across the church’s 30 districts. According to the BBC , […]

Who Opposes Separation?

By Thomas Lambrecht – As the resolutions passed by annual conferences indicate, many United Methodist leaders have come to endorse the concept of separation as the best way to resolve the decades-long theological conflict within United Methodism. While reluctant to support separation, these leaders have become convinced that separation offers the best opportunity to end […]

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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