United Methodist Church
How Sacred Stones Ministries is bringing new ministry models to birth
A visit to three congregations around Austin, Texas
The UMC, a global church, prides itself on its democratic and decentralized polity. All this shapes its response to LGBTQ couples and clergy.
The UMC's response to declining membership is to spend millions deciding who else we can exclude.
A 32-member commission is seeking a way forward for a denomination with a lesbian bishop—and a policy barring ordained LGBTQ people.
David Field's question is spiritual: How do we hold ourselves in right relation to those with whom we disagree?
United Methodists have been down this road before. What's different this time is that Karen Oliveto is already a bishop.
A global denomination, a clash of principles, and the coming reckoning
As I work today, my mind travels to the United Methodist clergy who came out as LGBTQ before the General Conference, to challenge the denomination’s policy which bans the ordination of “practicing homosexuals.” While the number is stunning, I keep thinking of each individual person who has risked their livelihood and calling, for this historic moment.