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 description. I respect Adam and the vibrant ministry he has led at Church of the Resurrection. I have… Continue reading Approaching Separation: A Rejoinder to Adam Hamilton

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The Case for a Virtual General Conference, Part 2

In last week’s Perspective, I outlined why an in-person General Conference in 2021 is unlikely to occur as scheduled. The virulence of the Coronavirus pandemic and the slow rollout of vaccines to the global population make a return of international travel unlikely before mid-2022. I also made the case that some type of General Conference… Continue reading The Case for a Virtual General Conference, Part 2

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The Case for a Virtual General Conference, Part 1

There is much anxiety about whether and how a General Conference will meet in 2021. General Conference was originally scheduled for May 2020, but was postponed to August 29 through September 7, 2021, due to pandemic travel and meeting restrictions. Now the Commission on the General Conference is planning to make a decision on February… Continue reading The Case for a Virtual General Conference, Part 1

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Primary Reasons for Separation

As we approach a possible separation in The United Methodist Church this year, one of the important questions to answer is, “Why should we separate?” There are many reasons for the conflict in our church that have led us to this point. Rob Renfroe and Walter Fenton explored many of these issues in their book, Are… Continue reading Primary Reasons for Separation

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