Daily Digest: May 30, 2014

“We plead for a quality and character of debate that is rooted in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, mindful of Wesley’s three simple rules and that demonstrates that the people called Methodists choose to grapple with controversial issues in ways that edify and build up the body of Christ.” – Bishop Reuben Job and Neil Alexander, commenting on the new book, “Finding Our Way: Love and Law in the United Methodist Church.”

Same-gender debate rekindles schism talk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – The latest talk of “an amicable split” along progressive and conservative lines is not something new for The United Methodist Church. The denomination has a long history of disagreements. Still, much has been happening related to church unity and the struggle over church teaching on homosexuality. Here is a survey of recent developments.

Read story and post a comment

Bishops seek to help church ‘find way’ on homosexuality

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Eight United Methodist bishops from across the theological spectrum recently released a book on the homosexuality debate. The book from the United Methodist Publishing House’s Abingdon Press, “Finding Our Way: Love and Law in The United Methodist Church,” seeks to provide “more clarity about the challenges and choices facing us,” the book’s editors say.

Read story and post a comment

Wesleyan conference to reconnect leaders with baptismal living

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Lay and clergy leaders will explore baptismal living and disciple-making in the Wesleyan tradition through prayer, Scripture, worship and interactive experiences at the 2014 Wesleyan Leadership Conference Oct. 23-25 at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship in Nashville.

Read news release

Take time to laugh, pastor suggests

MACON, Ga. (UMNS) – After watching Jimmy Fallon for two weeks on the Tonight Show, the Rev. Ben Gosden, associate pastor of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, suggests United Methodists should set disagreements aside and find time to “laugh, be silly and love.”

Read blog

Korean UMC website launched

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – The United Methodist Church has a new website highlighting Korean ministries and resources. KoreanUMC.org went live this week as the portal for Korean-language resources and content in the church. Designed by United Methodist Communications, it will aggregate resources from around the denomination and provide original content.
 

Correction to remembrance of Bishop Roy C. Clark

An obituary published May 28 reported the wrong number of years Clark was married to his second wife, Marion, who passed away in 2010. It was eighteen. The obituary also had the incorrect number of survivors. He is survived by a daughter, Lynn Blanton Clark, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Read corrected obituary


Like what you're reading?  United Methodist Communications is celebrating 80 years of ministry! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community.  Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!

umnews-subscriptions

Daily Digest - April 16, 2021

Court won’t rule in advance on protocol legislation; Healing the hurt in Minneapolis area; Call to prayer for societal injustice

Daily Digest - April 15, 2021

Churches help get shots in arms; Circle of Friends ministers to disabled; Native American Ministries Sunday resources

Daily Digest - April 14 2021

African bishops not united on church future; Bishop responds to Daunte Wright's death; Front-line ministry during pandemic