Centering the United Methodist Church on Christ

What Do United Methodists Believe (Part II)

A recent survey by United Methodist Communications indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider themselves theologically conservative/traditional. At the same time, 28 percent identified as moderate/centrist and 20 percent as progressive/liberal. In a...

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What Do United Methodists Believe? (Part I)

A previous "Perspective" blog called attention to a survey conducted by United Methodist Communications that indicated 44 percent of grassroots United Methodists consider themselves theologically conservative/traditional. At the same time, 28 percent identified as...

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Why Traditionalists Are Not Leaving

In a recent blog post, the Rev. Adam Hamilton outlined the results of two leadership meetings held to identify options for a way forward for The United Methodist Church from the perspective of moderates and progressives. He identified two options his groups are...

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The Church’s Foundation

Watching the fire consuming the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on the evening news aroused a feeling of horror and helplessness. Would the whole building be consumed? Would priceless treasures from 850 years of history be lost? Would beautiful works of art...

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An Open Letter Response to James Howell

Dear Dr. Howell, A friend called my attention to the video you posted on YouTube for your congregation. I believe you to be an informed and thoughtful person, which makes your gross misrepresentation of the Traditional Plan and those who support it appear to be not...

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The Rise of the Moderate Incompatibilists

When the Committee on a Way Forward was first established, I floated a way of categorizing various perspectives regarding United Methodism's view of marriage and sexuality. In these categories, "traditional incompatibilists" and "progressive incompatibilists" could...

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Doing General Conference Math

Supporters of the One Church Plan are considering a number of options in the wake of the decision by the 2019 General Conference to adopt the Traditional Plan. One of those options is to come back in 2020 to the General Conference in Minneapolis and attempt to reverse...

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Two Questions from St. Louis

In the aftermath of the special called General Conference in St. Louis, there are two questions that could point to possible misunderstandings of its outcome. 1)     Was the decision to affirm the church's current position on LGBTQ ministry an answer to prayer? The...

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What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part 2)

In the last Perspective, there was a report on what actually passed the special called General Conference in St. Louis, including what the Judicial Council will probably rule as constitutional and therefore able to be implemented. This Perspective offers a behind the...

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What REALLY Happened in St. Louis (Part I)

The United Methodist Church has just finished four days of wrenching deliberation at the special called General Conference February 23-26. The conference demonstrated a deeply divided church -- something that was readily apparent before we ever arrived in St. Louis....

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