The accusations of who is “schismatic” versus who is loyal, and the desire to hold the church together at all costs, prioritizes the institution over the people of the church.
All is not what it seems when the phrase “historic Christian teaching” is used in United Methodist circles.
As an informed source for unity/schism analysis in the UMC, it’s important the Methodists understand the issues at play in the Covenantal Unity Plan (CUP) that came out this week.
Are we at a critical moment in the United Methodist Church whereby we can overcome the errors of the past and embrace our Unity in Christ in a way perhaps unseen before?
Two recent efforts to eliminate the Western part of United Methodism have a common fear that the West has hit on something powerful for discipleship.
Is a “unity in diversity” an accurate description of United Methodism? Responding to the Connectional Table proposal for such, the following is a guest post written by a senior pastor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A guest post looking at the Church of the Nazarene’s expulsion of progressive ideas serves as a caution to the United Methodist Church. If we split or schism, the result may NOT be a more focused mission for both, but rather an empowered witchhunt to root out the next level of deviants on both sides.
The current narrative is that renewal is needed after decades of conservative evangelical oppression. But the reality is the opposite: they have owned the UMC for a long time and continue to blame the brokenness on the minority party.
A United Methodist layperson offers a helpful checklist to help all of us cut through the attempts to seize the narrative in the UMC’s conversation over unity/schism.
A key moment in the debate over women’s ordination in the UMC yields a fascinating parallel to the current discussions of schism over LGBT inclusion.