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          Today is #GivingTuesday. This is a great reminder that we find our most fulfillment in giving to others. Giving is a way to say “Thank you” to the God who gives us all things. We invite you to remember Good News with a gift today. Click HERE. For 50 years, […]

Confronting racism and violence

“To our shame, overt racism is becoming more acceptable in American culture today,” writes Bishop Scott Jones, the United Methodist episcopal leader of the Texas Annual Conference, in his recent pastoral letter. “It is a deep affront to the Greatest Generation that their sacrifice in defeating racist, anti-Semitic Nazism is no longer respected. When Nazi […]

The Wesleyan Family Tree

Dr. Kenneth Kinghorn, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology and Academic Vice President at Asbury Theological Seminary, died on the morning of Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was a treasured friend to members of the staff while our offices were located in Wilmore, Kentucky. We extend our condolences to the Kinghorn family. We repost one […]

Call for Global Prayer and Fasting for United Methodist Church

To United Methodists from the Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah, Central Conference Coordinator, UMC Africa Initiative (Liberia Annual Conference), and The Rev. Evariste Kimba, Coordinator, French & Kiswahili Region, UMC Africa Initiative (Democratic Republic of Congo). Dearly beloved, On behalf of our global church, we wish to invite you, your local church, district, annual and provisional annual […]

Judicial Council

Key questions in the Oliveto case On July 15, 2016, during the session of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, Dixie Brewster, a delegate and lay member of the Great Plains Annual Conference, asked that the delegates to request a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council on the following matter: “Is the nomination, election, consecration, and/or […]

Remembering Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016)

By Steve Beard Unbeknownst to him, Professor Thomas C. Oden was the prime agitator to the agony and ecstasy of my seminary experience. It was wading through 1,400 pages of his three volume systematic text books that introduced me to his dear friends Athanasius, Basil, John Chrysostom, Gregory Nazianzen, as well as Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine […]

Clarification: Email questions

Clarification: In this space, Good News republished a widely-distributed email critique of the Wesleyan Covenant Association gathering in Chicago from a well-known denominational official in the North Central Jurisdiction. “It’s ok to forward this email to friends and delegates of your choice,” read the email. In anticipation of its release, the official wrote: “I’d prefer […]

A pastoral letter about the Oliveto election

As a pastor in The United Methodist Church, I write to share some happenings in our connectional family that merit a word. One of the great gifts of my life is being the Lead Pastor at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church. I love our congregation, and it is out of love that I write today. Whether […]

Western Jurisdiction elects Karen Oliveto as bishop

The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, senior minister of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, has been elected as a bishop by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. She is the first openly married lesbian to be elected bishop within the denomination. After two other candidates withdrew concluding the 16th ballot, Oliveto’s […]

A Prayer on this Day of Shock and Heartbreak

By Ravi Zacharias As we mourn this week’s tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and now Dallas, it is evident that we need God now more than ever. My prayer on this day of shock and heartbreak: God, our heavenly Father, our minds go back to the day when Jesus knelt beside his beloved city and […]