March 23, 2017

The Wesleys’ renewal movement within the Anglican Church was an audacious, if imperfect effort to proclaim, to embody, and to advance what is truly good. Starting with Jesus Christ, himself, and his righteousness, those Methodists went on to change individual lives by...

I am a United Methodist and proud of it!  This church has given me a context in which to live out my calling as an Ordained Elder and I am most grateful.  Our historical roots are excellent.  Our General Rules are golden.  I have been graced to stay in one place and se...

March 16, 2017 | NEW YORK (UMNS)

An oral hearing on a petition questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church will open the spring meeting of Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court.

The hearing — set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Apri...

March 2, 2017

Atlanta: Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia this week, the Commission on a Way Forward continued to make progress towards completing the groundwork for their task, building relationships, engaging in learning, information gathering, working and worshiping together.

On Wednesda...

March 1, 2017

Atlanta: The second meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward got underway in Atlanta February 27, as commission members spent time in reflection, discussion and work team meetings.

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball led the Commission in discussions of accountability and thei...

They are praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and trusting in their common Wesleyan heritage to help find “A Way Forward” for The United Methodist Church.

The Commission on a Way Forward has the daunting task of trying to bridge the denomination’s deep divisions on ho...

January 26, 2017

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January 26, 2017

Atlanta, Ga.: The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia January 23-26, 2017, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance.

Led by commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandr...

January 18, 2017

The Judicial Council meeting this April will address some very important challenges to church law including the recent election of Rev. Karen Oliveto, a lesbian in a same sex marriage, and non-conformity resolutions by several Annual Conferences.  You can see the full...

December 9, 2016

     The death of Dr. Thomas Oden has left a void in The United Methodist Church that cannot be filled. That void also exists across the ecumenical church.  He was a brilliant theologian who gave his life and intellect to serving God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.  He w...

November 2, 2016

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November 2, 2016

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference.   Sets forth actions to involve the whole church in prayer and conversation

St. Simons Island, Ga.: Through an affirmative vote at their fall  meeting this week, the United Met...

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January 17, 2020

       The Rev. Martin Niemoeller, a respected German Lutheran pastor during World War II, offered this poignant confession:

      “In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.  Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade union...

January 16, 2020

       Bishop Gerald Kennedy used to tell about a census worker who stopped one day at a small, unpretentious house and was met at the door by a weary mother.  “Lady,” he said, “I want to know how many there are in this family.  First, how many children do you have?”  “Well,” she said in a leisurely fashion, “There’s Johnny, Matilda, Reginald, Charles…”  “No, no, no,” interrupted the canvasser, “I don’t want their names, just...

January 15, 2020

     Occasionally one sees a bumper sticker that declares, “If it feels good, do it.”  A friend of mine told me that when he sees such a sticker, he is sorely tempted to ram that automobile.  I asked why.  He said, “Because I would like to have that driver ask me, ‘why did you ram my car?’  Then I could reply, ‘Because it felt good to me, so I did it.’”

     When deciding whether or not to do...

January 14, 2020

      The late President Harry S. Truman often talked about a political campaign he lost in 1924.  The Ku Klux Klan was involved.  Truman said, “That Klan bunch came to my office and said they had a problem with me.  They said they understood that my grandfather was a Jew, but they would give me a special dispensation and their support if I would join them.  Well, I looked at those miserable creatures and I said that my grandf...

January 13, 2020

     A rabbi wrote about his experience in a Nazi concentration camp.  One evening in the winter of 1944, his father, who was also a prisoner there, took him and some of their friends to a corner of the barracks.  He told them it was Hanukkah, and began to light a wick placed in his melted margarine ration.  The son protested this waste of precious food.  His father responded, “We have seen that it is possible to live up to th...

January 10, 2020

     Sometime ago the Associated Press reported an amazing dog story.  Sam, a scruffy mix of Yorkshire terrier and poodle, is back home, dog tired after an 840-mile trek from Colorado to California.  Sam’s owners were moving to a California apartment that did not allow animals.  So, before leaving Colorado, they had given Sam to another family.  Ten weeks after they moved, they heard a scratch at their door.  There was Sam—wea...

January 9, 2020

     A little boy named Danny lived with his family in a house trailer.  One day someone asked him, “Don’t you wish you had a real home?”   Danny’s reply was wise beyond his years.  He said, “We have a real home.  We just don’t have a house to put it in.”

    A house and a home are very different.  A house is just a physical structure, made perhaps of brick or wood or stone.  It can be la...

January 8, 2020

      Occasionally I hear a so-called liberated parent say, “I don’t want to tilt my children toward religion.  I want to leave them free to examine the evidence and make up their own minds.”  Such comments remind me of an old story about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the great English poet.  One day he was talking with a man who did not believe in giving children any religious instruction.  After a while Coleridge asked his visito...

January 7, 2020

     There is a mystery about kite-flying that has always intrigued me.  When the kite string breaks for some reason, one would think that the kite, freed from all restraints, would soar higher into the skies.  But it doesn’t.  It starts zigzagging, flipping and diving.  Finally it crashes into a tree or power line.

     People react in a similar fashion.  The person who claims to be utterly f...

January 6, 2020

      A television commercial showed a Mercedes Benz automobile slamming into a cement wall during a safety test.  Someone then asks the company spokesman why they do not enforce their patent on the Mercedes Benz’s energy-absorbing body, a design copied by other companies.  The spokesman replies matter-of-factly, “Because some things in life are too important not to share.”

       What are those th...

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