Two United Methodist-related schools have gotten some attention lately because they have hired non-Christian chaplains. Emory University’s new Dean of the Chapel, Gregory McGonigle, is a Unitarian. Shenandoah University in Virginia has added Hanaa Unus as Chaplain and Muslim Community
With the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference’s proposal to disaffiliate from one part of The United Methodist Church and join with another part in a different geographical area, we have more evidence that the denomination as we know it is kaput. It
I recently tweeted that American United Methodism no longer has integrity. This observation came from reading a number of public statements by various United Methodist leaders and groups after General Conference 2019. (If you are trying to keep track of
I had the most enjoyable privilege of participating in a panel discussion on the gospel and the university campus, sponsored by The Living Church Institute. It gave me the opportunity to interact with a group of practitioners who had very
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The United Methodist Judicial Council (JC) has issued their ruling on the proposed plans going to General Conference 2019. They have done us a big favor. They help us to realize the fundamental rift running through the denomination. First, a
I recently read a book that I’d like to commend: Mats Wahlberg, Revelation as Testimony: A Philosophical-Theological Study (Eerdmans, 2014). Why? United Methodists need to have serious dialogue about how we view scripture as a whole (and what principles of interpretation we
James Fowler’s Stages of Faith has been a staple in certain seminary courses since the 1980s. While subsequent scholarship has criticized and refined the theory, it continues to exercise wide impact. Unfortunately it also has been misused, with dreadful results. Fowler’s theory
A couple of weeks ago, I shared my view that a future United Methodism, whatever form(s) it takes, will still need clear doctrine, strong teaching, and effective measures of accountability. Let me try to extend that thought by suggesting that,
The Council of Bishops have gathered in Dallas for the latest round of discussions about United Methodism’s future. We eagerly and anxiously await a word. Many United Methodist are praying for wisdom for our leaders, for good outcomes, for unity.
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