​​​​​​​Parsing Protocol Questions

By Thomas Lambrecht – A few weeks ago, the Rev. Adam Hamilton was interviewed by UM News Service on his thoughts about the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. He said, “Generally, the idea of allowing people to graciously exit with their buildings, I think almost everybody has agreed to that.” Hamilton notes this […]

God In Our Secret Moments

By B.J. Funk –  “It is always just possible that Jesus Christ meant what he said when he told us to seek the secret place and to close the door,” C.S. Lewis observed in God in the Dock. In the Beatitudes, Jesus said, “And when you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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