Images of UM Fracture

The current focus of our denomination is rightly on how to do effective ministry in the midst of a pandemic and how to understand and address racism in our nation and in our church. For most of our pastors and leaders, there is not much bandwidth left to keep abreast...

Observations from a “Town Hall”

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of disruption in our lives, in how our country functions, and in how our churches function, as well. Nowhere was that in greater evidence than in a May 5th “Town Hall” meeting held online by Mainstream UMC, a...

Is Structural Unity Mandatory for the Church?

In a recent blog, Bishop Gary Mueller makes the case for yet another plan to resolve the conflict in The United Methodist Church. His “2 X 4 Plan” calls for two regional conferences in each part of the globe — Africa, Europe, the Philippines, and the...

What Separation Means for Clergy

As the details of the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” become better understood, questions arise about how the Protocol of Separation would affect groups within the church. I have already looked at how it affects U.S. churches and...

What Separation Means for Central Conferences

Now that the enabling legislation for the “Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” has been publicly released, I am at liberty to share more fully the details of what it proposes. I previously wrote about how the process of separation...