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  • United Methodist Church to Close After Dismissing Gay Choir Director

    First United Methodist Church in Alexandria Indiana will be closing its doors at the end of 2014. The closure is due in part to the loss of 80% of the congregation after the dismissal of the choir director, Adam Fraley, an openly gay man. From the Herald Bulletin “Alexandria Church to Close at Year’s End” ...
  • Social-justice agency applauds President Obama’s intention to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church applauds President Barack Obama’s instructions to Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba with the intent of re-establishing diplomatic relations, including re-opening an embassy in Havana. Our Methodist, ecumenical partners, and CIEMAL (Council of Evangelical ...
  • 300 years after his birth, Whitefield has staying power with evangelicals

    “A major part of his success is that he mastered the new media of his day,” said Thomas S. Kidd, author of the new book “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.” Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on Google+Click to share on PocketClick to email this to a friendClick to printClick to ...
  • Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

    As I trudged through what should have been the most compelling part I got the impression that God was some petulant child enamored with his own power who took things too far. Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on Google+Click to share on PocketClick to email this to a friendClick to printClick ...
  • A Real Debate Over Virtual Presence:  #OnlineCommunion in Historical Perspective

    One of the most fascinating aspects of John Wesley and the movement he and his friends started was that it was delightfully eclectic.  As Paul Chilcote has noted, Wesley was a “conjunctive” theologian; he held things together that other Christians tended to pull apart.  For instance, the sacramental and evangelical strands of the Wesleyan revival ...
  • Recently Read: United Methodist Worship at Buffalo Wild Wings

    The people at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama are about to venture out of their church building to reach the unchurched in a fairly unusual setting, a Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports themed restaurant and bar that has locations 41 states. According the AL.com “Beer, hot wings, and Jesus? Hoover ...
  • Women of Color Scholars celebrate 25 years

    Sixty-five gathered in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Methodist Women of Color Scholars scholarship and mentoring program, the only denominationally sponsored program of its kind, November 21, 2014, in San Diego, California. Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on Google+Click to share on PocketClick to email this to a ...
  • Steadier footing: an examination of our stance on inclusive faith and practice

    To understand Scripture we must plant one foot firmly in the world of the Bible and the other foot firmly in our world–two worlds that often are very different. Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on Google+Click to share on PocketClick to email this to a friendClick to printClick to share on ...
  • Student veterans find community in Bible study

    “You try to reintegrate, but you have people asking you about military service a lot, so you’re forced to revisit it; sometimes that is something you want to do, and sometimes it’s not.” Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on Google+Click to share on PocketClick to email this to a friendClick to ...
  • $2.5 Million Gift to Endow New Practical Theology Chair at Perkins

    “Perkins School of Theology and the University’s Methodist heritage are fundamental to our educational mission,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful for a gift that uniquely supports the Perkins School in its commitment to preparing men and women for contemporary ministry.” Share this:Share on FacebookClick to share on TwitterClick to share on Google+Click ...

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