What Really Happened with the Schaefer Decision

Facebook and Twitter are abuzz with reaction to the Judicial Council decision released Monday to affirm the reinstatement of Frank Schaefer as an ordained elder. Schaefer’s ordination had been revoked by a trial court in Eastern Pennsylvania that found him guilty of...

Disappointment in Schaefer decision

Good News strongly disagrees with the October 27 decision of the Judicial Council to uphold the appeals committee and restore the Rev. Frank Schaefer to ordained ministry. Schaefer was found guilty last year of violating church law by performing a same-sex wedding for...

Methodism as a Missional Movement

Several weeks ago, I attended the inaugural New Room Conference in Franklin, TN, sponsored by Seedbed and the Wesleyan Covenant Network.  I’d like to share some of the things I found helpful and stimulating in this post and others in weeks to come.  The New Room...

Are Bishops Accountable?

The mantra in The United Methodist Church right now is “accountability.” The Council of Bishops has repeatedly committed itself to holding its members accountable. They instituted accountability groups among themselves for implementing the Vital Church...

Why the Rules Matter

When a person brings up the Book of Discipline in a United Methodist meeting, most eyes glaze over. A seminary professor teaching a course on UM polity (church government) suggested that the Discipline makes good bedtime reading. And parts of it are extremely hard to...