Where do We go from Here?

By Rob Renfroe – General Conference 2019 is over. Thank God! Many of us feared, even predicted, that when we gathered in St. Louis, we would experience the most hurtful and harmful General Conference in the history of the United Methodist Church. Sadly, our fears were realized. The delegates affirmed a Traditional Plan that maintains […]

What do United Methodists Really believe?

By Sam Hodges – The United Methodist Church is a big tent theologically, and people with conservative or traditional religious beliefs make up the largest group under that spreading canvas. Those are two key findings from a new United Methodist Communications survey of United Methodists in the U.S. Of those contacted, 44 percent identified themselves […]

Shifting Axis of Methodism

By Steve Beard – “I look upon all the world as my parish,” famously said John Wesley (1703-1791). One imagines he had no idea that the United Methodist Church – one very large aspect of his spiritual legacy – would be in ministry in 60 different nations around the globe. Within the last 20 years, […]

Traditional Plan Prevails

By Sam Hodges – United Methodists tried to come to terms with a General Conference that was meant to unify but instead underscored divisions and had all sides acknowledging a high level of pain. “Catastrophic” was the summary judgment of the Rev. James Howell, a Western North Carolina Conference delegate. “The church as we’ve known […]

For the Traditional Plan

By Jessica LaGrone – On my first mission trip I travelled to the mountains of Costa Rica with a wonderful crew of warm-hearted United Methodists. While we were there to construct houses, my best work was often building relationships with the children of the village, who taught me games and laughed at my beginner-level Spanish. […]

The Faith Found in Africa

By Jerry P. Kulah – My dear brothers and sisters of The United Methodist Church from all around the world, I humbly greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ! We thank God for all who have participated in observing a sacred season of fasting and prayer as we have prepared for this special […]

Miracle on the Mississippi

By Thomas Lambrecht – NEWS ANALYSIS The United Methodist Church endured four days of wrenching deliberation at the special called General Conference February 23-26. The conference demonstrated a deeply divided church – something that was readily apparent before we ever arrived in St. Louis. The vitriolic conflict that characterized the proceedings inflicted pain on persons […]

Young Adults Speak Out

By Jim Patterson – Some young United Methodists warn that the Traditional Plan – adopted February 26 during the denomination’s special General Conference – is the choice of older congregants who are not the future of the church. Others, like Monique Assi, a church member in Côte d’Ivoire, praised the plan as being biblically correct. […]

St. Louis Reflections

“I believe the coalition that leaders of the WCA put together has won a battle at General Conference and may well have lost the church. They have hurt, once more, our LGBTQ members, their families and friends. They have harmed United Methodism’s witness in America. They will have negatively impacted our mission work in the […]

Witness to Resurrection

By Maggie Ulmer – During our visits to Venice Beach, my mother would sit high on the shore line with my sister and me and dig a shallow hole; soon enough the ocean would fill the hole with sea water and leave behind a tide pool filled with small Pacific creatures. She would point out […]