Noting the many petitions to General Conference 2020 that would dissolve The United Methodist Church, Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo imagines an obituary for the UMC.
The parallel history of American civil life and the current conflicts in The United Methodist Church raises questions about their broader significance, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo of Wesley Theological Seminary.
In the last of three parts, the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo offers some suggestions for improving the representation of United Methodists to General Conference
United Methodism’s mission statement calls us to make disciples, yet representation to General Conference is awarded to those who make members. Are making a disciple and making a member the same? asks the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo.
A major question for The United Methodist Church in contemplating its future is how we define representational governance, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo.
Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo discovers that the findings of a study on mission held when the UMC was formed still holds relevance to the denomination on its 50th birthday.
The Methodist Church in Cuba faced adversity during its first years, lacking trained pastors confronting growing anti-religious sentiment as the island nation turned toward communism under Fidel Castro, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo.
The year 1968 when The United Methodist Church was formed also saw the beginning of independence and autonomy for previous “mission churches” outside the United States, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo.
Rise in religiously unaffiliated points to a series problem for the UMC’s future, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo for UM & Global.
While The United Methodist Church currently struggles over human sexuality, the conflict over how Methodists should interpret and apply the Bible has existed since the 1744 annual conference, writes Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo.