What’s at Stake when Schism is an Option?

What’s at Stake when Schism is an Option?

by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. United Methodists are facing major decisions about our legacy and future in the coming months and years. Myriad actions taken over many past years have set up a classic win/lose situation, particularly regarding human sexuality, quite common in...
Uniting Conference Lecture Notes

Uniting Conference Lecture Notes

Dr. David N. Field is a United Methodist living in Switzerland where he serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Methodist e-Academy. He is author of the Bid Our Jarring Conflicts Cease: A Wesleyan Theology and Praxis of Church Unity (Foundery Books, 2017) and Our...
Uniting Methodists Hold Uniting Conference in Atlanta

Uniting Methodists Hold Uniting Conference in Atlanta

Nearly 300 United Methodists gathered in person and were joined by over 50 online sites around the world as the Uniting Methodists movement met November 13-14 at Impact UMC in Atlanta. The Rev. Olu Brown, lead pastor at Impact, led the planning team and convened the...
Unity Begins in Baptism

Unity Begins in Baptism

by Sarah Heaner Lancaster The unity of the church begins in baptism. When we are made one with Christ, we are also in Christ made one with each other. This is the fundamental unity given to us by God. It is our job to respond to this gift by making our unity in Christ...
Methodism Is An Experiment In Grace

Methodism Is An Experiment In Grace

by David McAllister-Wilson What is essential to us as United Methodists? What is our DNA? It is not the Book of Discipline; and, it is not that we are “open” or “connectional.” John Wesley is oft quoted as saying it was possible that the Methodists might only “exist...
Why I Am Committed to the Unity of the UMC (Part 2)

Why I Am Committed to the Unity of the UMC (Part 2)

by David N. Field Unity, Centrism, and the Incarnation After some delay I now come to my second of what was intended as a four-part series. (The series will probably be longer.) People committed to a renewed form of institutional unity for the UMC in the context of...
Why I Am Committed to the Unity of the UMC (Part 1)

Why I Am Committed to the Unity of the UMC (Part 1)

by David N. Field The Significance of Visible Unity As the work of the UMC’s Commission on the Way Forward moves to an increasingly crucial stage and I reflect on my own involvement in the Commission the inescapable question that I need to face is: Why am I committed...
Where Covenant, Justice and Unity Meet

Where Covenant, Justice and Unity Meet

by Ken Carter This fall I have used a simple drawing of three circles to portray something of where we are as a church in the present moment. The three circles are covenant, justice and unity. Covenantal people greatly value the promises we have made to God and to...
Central Avenue is Where We Belong

Central Avenue is Where We Belong

by Jim Harnish The church on Central Avenue While speaking for the Georgia Pastors’ School a few weeks ago, I met a retired pastor and her husband who are natives of Fitzgerald, Georgia. They confirmed the story I had heard from Bishop Lawson Bryan. Fitzgerald was...

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