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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...

7 Reasons The United Methodist Church Will Remain United
7 Reasons The United Methodist Church Will Remain United

Florida Conference Bishop Ken Carter shares “7 Reasons” why he believes that The United Methodist Church will remain united. https://player.vimeo.com/video/214736987 Note: This video was originally shared on the Florida Conference website.

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...

Review of “Bid Our Jarring Conflicts Cease”
Review of “Bid Our Jarring Conflicts Cease”

by Michael Nausner David Field’s book, Bid Our Jarring Conflicts Cease, borrows its title from a hymn by Charles Wesley that marks the direction of the entire text: the Wesleyan passion for the unity of the church amidst strife based on holiness. Starting from a...

Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 4)
Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 4)

by Dan Johnson I've been to four of the past six General Conferences. All were ferociously contentious over the issue of sexuality. Our "every-four-years-pain-inflicting session," has been going on since 1972. That's when the ill-conceived wording was first added to...

Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 3)
Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 3)

by Dan Johnson This is my third post on why keeping our United Methodist Church united is so difficult - but hopefully not impossible. Today I look at the position of those who believe the matter of human sexuality, while vitally important, is not on the same...

Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 2)
Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 2)

by Dan Johnson This is my second post (of four) on why keeping our United Methodist Church united is so difficult - but hopefully not impossible. Today I look at the position of those who hold to a traditional reading of the Bible. 2. The Traditionalist View: Personal...

Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 1)
Unity is Difficult, Not Impossible (Part 1)

by Dan Johnson This will be the first of four posts attempting to understand the three seemingly totally incompatible positions that are represented in the UMC, and a fourth, sharing my hopes for finding a way to stay United. I'm sure some of you will be eager to...

A Hopeful Place to Stand
A Hopeful Place to Stand

by Allen T. Stanton When I talk to people about why I am involved in the Uniting Methodists movement, they often say that they too want a solution that will end the divisions in The United Methodist Church. They want a solution that is clear and compelling, and that...

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