A much-requested brief summary of why United Methodists are in upheaval right now.
Much has been made of the ability of congregations to leave The United Methodist Church with their property through a negotiated settlement with their annual conference. Some bishops are saying that the Book of Discipline already provides an exit path for congregations desiring to leave, and that no further provisions for exit are needed. (For Discipline nerds, they are […]
Every Sunday, all around the world, faithful United Methodists give their tithes and gifts to the church. But apparently it’s not enough to secure them a seat to observe the proceedings of one of the most important General Conferences in the church’s history. Just a few months ago the General Council on Finance and Administration […]
The General Conference will ultimately vote on this recommendation at the special session that will be held February 23 – 26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. There are 12 delegates from the Philadelphia Area (8 from Eastern PA and 4 from Peninsula-Delaware) who will be among the 864 delegates from this world-wide church. What comes out of this General Conference will be the final decision of the church. We will have more conversations and meetings after General Conference to interpret the decisions and to plan further into our future together.
The DisAbility Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church is disappointed that Amendment II has not passed. This amendment to the United Methodist Church’s Constitution would have added the word “ability,” among others, to ¶ 4, Article IV. If …
A group of top legal advisors in The United Methodist Church have a convincing argument for limiting the scope of the Special General Conference.
On Monday, the Council of Bishops announced the results of voting on five constitutional amendments approved by General Conference 2016. See also the UMNS story on the results.Three amendments – two regarding elections of conference delegates and bisho…
My heart went out to Ziki. Ten days ago, I saw a special CBS news report on child labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ziki is an eleven-year-old boy who mines cobalt along with 40,000 other children … Continue reading →
Since the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, I have been wrestling with the suggestion by many of …
Over the last several weeks of Perspective, I have been surveying the growth and decline of United Methodism around the globe. The statistical report is available here. The big picture is that most of Methodism around the globe is in decline, with the exception of certain regions in Africa. In Part 1, I went into more […]