A Fresh Start

Sometimes in life, there is no substitute for a fresh start. That is what the newly announced Global Methodist Church (GMC) offers. Texas experienced near-record freezing temperatures a couple weeks ago. As a native of Wisconsin, I’m used to the cold, but the plants...

General Conference Postponed Again

On Thursday, the Commission on the General Conference announced that the 2020 General Conference, postponed once until August 29, 2021, has now been postponed again until August 29, 2022. At the same time, the Council of Bishops announced it is calling a special...

Approaching Separation: A Rejoinder to Adam Hamilton

I recently expounded the primary reasons I see for separation taking place in The United Methodist Church. That article drew the response of the Rev. Adam Hamilton, who felt that my characterization of centrist and progressive understandings was not an accurate...

New Liberationist Denomination?

A group called the Liberation Methodist Connexion has announced their formation as a “grassroots denomination, the first Methodist denomination committed to being intentionally LGBTQIA2S+ affirming and centered in liberating intersectional justice ministries.” Some 45...

Separation and Self-Determination

One of the values promoted by U.S. foreign policy over the years (and imperfectly adhered to) is the value of self-determination. This is the idea that people ought to be able to determine for themselves their own government and national policies, rather than having...