The Cuban Methodist revival

By David F. Watson
Earlier this month I had the privilege of traveling to Cuba with a group from United Theological Seminary. We accompanied a mission team from Trinity Family Life Center, a United… read more

Wild dogs and unwatched babies: Why we can't heal the UMC

By Christy Thomas
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Costa Rica for a Pacific Coast sunset wedding at a small, remote place called Samara Beach. No resort town here, despite the spectacular beach. The … read more

Discernment

By Rueben P. Job
I confess dismay when I observe the denomination we love gripped at all levels by the issue of same-gender relationships. Often the tone and content of the arguments that are made … read more

Chargeable Offenses and Complaints

By Joe E. Pennel, Jr.
I am thankful that The United Methodist Church, unlike many denominations, has a process for handling complaints brought against clergy. Our procedures are informed by the… read more

The tragic gap: On being an Advent and Lent people

By Autumn Dennis
This article was originally published at Inspire to Conspire. Used with permission.  Currently, we’re in the season of Epiphany. When I think of Epiphany, images of… read more

Diary of a wimpy church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
The delightful New York Times best-seller “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” details Greg Hefley’s misadventures in middle school as told through cartoon entries in his… read more

Religious and secular advocates urge IRS to clarify rules on political endorsements from the pulpit

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious and secular advocacy groups jointly called Thursday (Jan. 29) for greater clarity by the Internal Revenue Service regarding nonprofits and political… read more

5 things small churches can uniquely offer … right now

By Ben Gosden
Church leadership has long held a bent toward the “bigger is better” mantra of capitalistic America. We franchise new church plants. We structure our institutions to… read more

10 suggestions for handling conflict in a healthy way

By Ron Edmondson
Where life involves people — whether among family, friends or coworkers — there will be potential for conflict. Any disagreement there? Want to fight about it? :) In… read more

First female bishop ordained in Church of England amid ongoing controversies

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) More than 1,000 people watched as Uganda-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu, laid hands on the Rev. Libby Lane Monday (Jan. 26), making her the eighth… read more

Progress, pushback and clergy women

By Kira Schlesinger
Yesterday, in a momentous occasion, the Church of England consecrated its first female bishop, The Reverend Libby Lane, now Bishop of Stockport. This event was made possible by a… read more

3 questions to break the ice

By Timothy Siburg
I have been helping a friend and ministry colleague plan a series of conversations and workshops recently. As part of this experience, we have been sharing questions with others… read more
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