Back in May of 2013, I jumped into a partnership with a couple of good friends to take on the task of continuing hundreds of years of tradition through The United Methodist Reporter. At the time we hoped that we could develop a business model that would allow for the addition of some part-time staff, recognizing that our ability to create and publish stories on our own would be limited by the full-time jobs that actually pay our salaries.… Read the rest
The Council on Bishops has released the names of the 32 members (11 laity, 11 elders, 8 bishops, and 2 deacons) of the Commission on a Way Forward, which is authorized by General Conference 2016 to craft plans for the future of The United Methodist Chu…
October 24, 2016 Did you catch it? I didn’t. One of the most significant changes in the Book of Discipline at the 2016 General Conference went unnoticed by many United Methodists, even those who were delegates. Hidden deep in the … Continue reading →
The unofficial social-action network for United Methodists has decided to strengthen its participation on reproductive rights after the 2016 General Conference voted to pull out of an organization it helped to start.
UM & Global, the collaborative blog of United Methodist Professors of Mission, is inviting scholarly reflections on a document about the nature of the church approved by the 2016 General Conference.
The United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order has drafted a statement on ecclesiology for The United Methodist Church entitled “Wonder, Love, and Praise.” General Conference 2016 affirmed further study and refinement of the document during the next quadrennium, with the goal of adopting a revised version at General Conference 2020 to stand alongside such other official theological statements of the denomination such as “This Holy Mystery,” on the Eucharist, and “By Water and the Spirit,” on baptism.
There will be several avenues for assessing and reflection on “Wonder, Love, and Praise,” but UM & Global is inviting its readers to participate in their own conversation around this document. In particular, UM & Global encourages its readers to read the document and reflect on such questions as the relation between church and mission in the document, the attention to the church as a world-wide phenomenon in the document, the Wesleyan and Methodist distinctives noted in the document, etc.
Readers are invited to submit their theological and missiological reflections on the document to the UM & Global blogmaster, David Scott, by email to david.wm.scott (at) gmail.com. Submissions should be between 700 and 1,000 words long and should examine the document from a scholarly (though not necessarily formally-cited academic) perspective.
While it may not be possible to feature all submissions on the blog, the intention is to host a scholarly conversation about the document through the blog. It is our hope that this conversation will not only be of scholarly interest but will be able to influence the revision of the document over the next quadrennium.
Amongst the large amount of commentary on the present and future of the UMC right now, it’s important to listen to (among others) the voices of young adults and those outside the United States. Thus, I’m happy to pass on the following two articles:The …
Exile from Methodism may be ahead for progressives–but just 10 minutes into a progressive-free zone of Methodism, a surprise is in store.
by Jeff Greenway As a person who was baptized, saved, discipled, called, married and ordained under the ministry of The United Methodist Church, the events of the last couple of years have given me pause to wonder “What’s NEXT?” for our denominational Connection. The years leading up to the 2016 General Conference were marked with the usual […]
The Rev. Chris Ritter, who offered several restructure alternatives at the 2016 General Conference, speculates on what he thinks will happen if The United Methodist Church splits.