Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

Will the UM Church Be the First

Over the last 20 years, I have witnessed friends and colleagues in other mainline denominations struggling with principled disagreements over the definition of marriage and the role of LGBTQ persons in the church. It was always clear to me that these other...

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Indianapolis Plan Values Amicable Separation (Part II)

As noted last week, the conversation group working on the Indianapolis Plan has come to agreement and submitted the final version of a plan for an amicable separation in The United Methodist Church. You can read the first part of my analysis of the plan here. This...

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Indianapolis Plan Values Amicable Separation (Part I)

The conversation group working on the Indianapolis Plan has come to agreement and submitted the final version of a plan for an amicable separation in The United Methodist Church. As the document states, "We seek to move away from the caustic atmosphere which has often...

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Top Priority

As I participate in conversations around the church seeking a way to resolve the crisis facing The United Methodist Church, I have become aware that different people have different goals. A person's top priority will affect how they evaluate a particular plan or...

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A U.S.-Only Church

It has been intriguing to follow a series of blog posts from "Mainstream UMC," a newly minted special interest caucus. The posts have been analyzing an unscientific, non-representative survey that they administered through the Internet. Over 13,000 people took the...

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Several Bishops Uphold UM Discipline

One would not think that bishops upholding the United Methodist Book of Discipline would be worthy of a headline, but such are the times in which we live. In the recent announcement of rulings on questions of law coming before this fall's Judicial Council meeting, it...

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Exclusionary Politics, Money, and Statistics

It's all about the money. That could have been the title of the latest opinion piece from Mainstream UMC. And of course, beneath the issue of dollars is the issue of power and control. The central question is whether, in the name of including LGBTQ persons in marriage...

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The Distortion Continues

Every person is to be highly valued. That value makes it important to listen to every voice, whether critical or supportive, to discern which elements in what they say would be helpful in understanding their perspective and/or refining our own. That is why it is...

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The Consent of the Governed

It is a concept entrenched in modern Western culture that governments "derive their just powers from the consent of the governed" (Declaration of Independence, United States). To be governed without our consent is the definition of what the Declaration calls tyranny,...

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