Tag: United Methodist Church
Grateful for our union benefits
In this op-ed, retired pastor Glenn M. Wagner shares from his four decades of pastoral experience significant benefits of the “United” in our UMC.
Holy conferencing in a time of unknowing
Through deep listening and holy conversation, three Michigan United Methodist congregations have been meeting to discern whether they will remain United Methodist or choose to disaffiliate.
Addressing denominational tensions
In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions
5 UMC story lines to follow this fall
Dr. David W. Scott, United Methodist mission theologian, highlights these five United Methodist news story lines related to the future of the denomination to watch as we move into fall.
Is The United Methodist Church really…?
This first of a series offers accurate responses to misperceptions or misinformation that are circulating about The United Methodist Church. This article focuses specifically on theology, pensions, and benefits.
Conferences diverge in handling church exits
Disaffiliation decisions have been passed down to the annual conference level, and each U.S. annual conference is trying to balance providing gracious exists for congregations wishing to leave and serving… Continue Reading Conferences diverge in handling church exits
Scouting charts new path
The United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America will continue their longstanding relationship but with significant changes following two years of challenges that included the pandemic and the… Continue Reading Scouting charts new path
A Michigan United Methodist reflects on 54 years
A teenager when The United Methodist Church was born, Kay DeMoss celebrates how God and humans have been at work together in Michigan for the past half century.
Conference, megachurch reach legal settlement
Mt. Bethel Church in Marietta, GA, has reached a settlement with the North Georgia Conference to enable it to leave The United Methodist Church with property.
Protocol’s day has passed, some say
More than a quarter of the leaders who negotiated the proposed Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation say they can no longer support the proposal.