Rev. Frank Schaefer and Rev. Mike Tupper invite everyone to the National Tent Night on Friday, May 13th. Gather your friends and family. Put up a tent in front of your house, your church, your Wesley Foundation or join us at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland. Learn more >>
First, I am sorry that it has been over 7 months since my last post. My wife has had health problems and my world has been somewhat crazy. Now that we are approaching another General Conference, I will post more and offer some insight and commentary of the goings on as we move closer to […]
What will you preach on May 22, the Sunday after General Conference?
by the Reverend Michael Tupper* The Covenantal Unity Plan (CUP) proposed by Dr. Bill Arnold is more likely to escalate the 44 year civil war in the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion than to lessen it. This General Conference legislation would enact severe mandatory sentences for pastors who officiate at same gender weddings. Many […]
A month ago, we ran a piece by Glory Dharmaraj on “Gender and General Conference.” Given the interest in that piece, I want to refer readers to three additional pieces from the General Commission on the States and Role of Women (GCSRW) that elaborate o…
I genuinely can’t tell if General Conference leadership is ignorant or if they’ve just decided to take sides in the …
Is it time for the United Methodist Church to do away with church trials to adopt a more efficient system of automatic penalties for wayward clergy?
By Taylor Burton Edwards* Introduction I’ve had hymns, hymnals and congregational singing on my mind a lot over this past year or two. We at Discipleship Ministries and the Publishing House had been in negotiations since 2014 about bringing a proposal for a new hymnal to General Conference this year. We’ve come to agree on […]
The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the proposed alternative discernment process called Rule 44 and finds it worthy for use by delegates to the 2016 General Conference.
Clarity and Commentary on a (willfully) misunderstood process.