Washington, D.C.-based First Amendment scholar, civil-rights lawyer, and ordained Baptist deacon Amos N. Jones is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Preachers. A Baptist layman deeply involved with United Methodism, he addressed the Southeastern Jurisd...
It is a defense mechanism we hold in common—when we realize that the practical action demanded by our professed beliefs requires some pain—we look for an avenue which will justify inaction while assuaging our conscience.
We are at the point in a controversy where many w...
“We are trying to think about and model the new behaviors that will help leaders who deeply care about the church to see new forms and structures that will allow for differing expressions of the global church,” Florida Area Bishop Ken Carter, told UMNS.
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism : "Redefining shared core terms, however, is the end of unity. Professor of psychology, Jordan Peterson, has written that, “shared belief systems [make] people intelligible to one another.” We have become unintelligible to one another while talking about what makes Methodism Methodist."
If your local church has not been introduced to the state of our church...it's getting late. This is a parishoner friendly general introduction as to why the issues before us are important to the local church and why every church ought to have a small group of trusted leaders who are monitoring the situation. Includes footnotes and references at the end of the article.
" In such a time as this, when truth is decided by the largest social media following, the Church – the one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church – must temper herself; her leaders must practice caution. I do not see temper or caution in Bishop Carter’s piece."
FOLLOWING OTHER GODS: UNITY AS A PENULTIMATE VALUE
Ministry Matters, March 10, 2016 Drew McIntyre
"the current impasse does not present us with a simple choice between unity and schism. Rather, we are forced to consider the nature of our unity. A community can maintain significant difference if there is agreement, say, on core values, a common vision, or at least a way of adjudicating differences."
The meeting brought together scholars from across the theological spectrum.
They included professors from the 13 United Methodist seminaries in the U.S., Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, Cambine Theological Seminary in Mozambique and a scholar who teaches in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
General Conference voted overwhelmingly (561-197 or 75% to 25%) to repeal our endorsement of the Religious Coaltion for Reproductive Choice because, "The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice's (RCRC) positions and actions which support and promote abortion rights - for any, all, or no reasons - are in direct contradiction with United Methodist policy on abortion as stated in ¶ 161.J. Therefore, support for RCRC does not belong in any UM policy documents." It also voted (425 to 268 or 61% to 39%) to end membership in the RCRC.
Read the official joint response by two of our administrative agencies and decide if they faithfully reprsented the position of the church.