Human Sexuality

Social Concerns
Centennial United Methodist Church, which has made strides with the LGBTQ community and people with developmental disabilities, is in the process of better addressing racism as well. Artwork by Eve Newman, member of the Flames, a group of developmentally disabled people at Centennial United Methodist Church.

Inviting all: Prioritizing inclusivity

Diversity flourishes at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville, Minn., where pastor Brian Hacklander says, "we can be doing more and we’re called to do more.”
Social Concerns
The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence. Photo by Todd W. Lawrence.

Texas abortion law threatens ministry

Early in his ministry, the Rev. Bill Lawrence served as counselor to pregnant women considering their options. Under a new Texas law, such a pastoral role could lead to lawsuits.
Human Sexuality
Ms. Penny Cost is the drag persona of Isaac Simmons, the first openly queer man to be certified as a candidate for ordination within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church. Simmons serves as project and remote learning coordinator for Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Ill. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ministry candidate preaches in drag to ‘speak in a new way’

Isaac Simmons came upon the idea of merging drag and spirituality through the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin. "He thought the best way to enact systemic change was through joy and carnival … and drag is over the top and joyous."
Social Concerns
The Rev. Jason Stubblefield. Photo courtesy of the author.

United Methodism's crisis of authority

United Methodists need the stability of established doctrine and the means to uphold it. Emulating the Catholic Church’s magisterium could serve that purpose.

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