Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

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 would work for...

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What Separation Means for U.S. Churches

The legislation that would implement the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation has been completed. It has been sent for formatting and will be forwarded to several annual conferences that are supposed to have special sessions in order to adopt the...

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Where’s the Money?

Faced with the possibility of an impending split in the denomination, United Methodists are rightly worried about the financial impact of the newly proposed Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. Giving to the denomination's general apportionments...

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Words to Celebrate Christmas

One of the popular activities during the Christmas season is to sing Christmas carols. As a musician myself, I find that music moves me in a deeper way than many other forms of expression. When it comes to Christmas carols, however, sometimes the familiarity of the...

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Waiting for the Church’s Future

It is fitting that we take the month before Christmas (the church season of Advent) as a time of waiting. Historically, the church calendar teaches us to eagerly await the celebration of Christmas and all the joys and excitement we experience during that time. With...

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A Crisis of Identity

The current crisis in The United Methodist Church is often portrayed as a crisis of unity. The unity of our denomination is threatened by deep theological disagreement and the refusal of some parts of the church to abide by the decisions of General Conference and live...

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Both Conservative and Liberal

The United Methodist Church inherited from the Church of England via John Wesley the idea of "the middle way." For Anglicans, this "middle way" meant the church could be both catholic and reformed (the two major theological poles in the 1500's and 1600's when the...

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Judicial Council Leaves Traditional Plan Intact

The Judicial Council has rebuffed several challenges to the implementation of the Traditional Plan as adopted at the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. These decisions mean that the provisions adopted can take effect January 1, 2020, as planned. The provisions will...

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A Primer on the Conflict (Part II)

In conversations and emails, I have frequently heard frustration and confusion regarding the situation in The United Methodist Church. Perhaps a succinct overview of our conflict will be helpful to people who are lost in the details or new to engaging with it....

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