theology

General Church
The California-Nevada Annual Conference service of commissioning and ordination included six LGBTQ elders, deacons and local pastors. Front row, from left are: The Revs. Emily Pickens-Jones and Caiti Hamilton. Back row, from left are: The Revs. Tara Limbaugh, Rob Herrmann, Jacey Pickens-Jones and Kenneth Schoon. Photo by The Rev. Israel I. Alvaran.

California-Nevada has 6 new LGBTQ clergy

2019 California-Nevada Annual conference ordained, commissioned or licensed 13 clergy.
Local Church
The Rev. Schubert Ogden, a longtime professor at Perkins School of Theology, died June 6 in Louisville, Colorado, near Boulder and Denver. He was 91. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Theologian Ogden pushed himself and his students

Longtime Perkins professor offered challenging ideas about Christian faith and was a taskmaster for students, leaning on them to think deeply and clearly.
General Church
Messages of support for LGBTQ students cover the United Methodist cross and flame in a hallway at the Boston School of Theology after the special General Conference voted to affirm and strengthen the denomination’s rules against gay clergy and same-sex weddings. Photo by Anastasia Kidd, Boston School of Theology.

Seminary leaders stress inclusiveness after GC2019

Leaders of most U.S. United Methodist theological schools say the passing of the Traditional Plan won’t change their policies of inclusion.
Mission and Ministry
Seminary students ask questions during a briefing at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. A new study looks at the sustainability and contributions of the 13 United Methodist seminaries in the U.S. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Study asks: Are 13 seminaries sustainable?

A new study examines what the 13 United Methodist seminaries contribute and how they fit in the ecosystem of U.S. theological education.

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