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Posts by Laurens Glass

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Christopher P. Momany.

Commentary: Who ‘counts’ in ministry any more?

As the denomination struggles with declining U.S. membership, a chaplain at a United Methodist-related college wonders who counts in his campus ministry. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Walter Fenton, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Understanding renewal, reform group positions

The Rev. Walter Fenton, an analyst for Good News, writes about what members of renewal and reform groups see as misunderstandings or mischaracterizations of their positions. Read More

Courtesy photo of The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens, United Methodist Communications.

Commentary: Legal challenges to ‘unlawful’ marriages in Methodism

Questions of divorce and remarriage by clergy and members were considered by Methodism’s top court long before same-sex marriage became an issue. Read More

Courtesy photo of the Rev. Mark Nakagawa. United Methodist News Service Featured Blogs and Commentaries.

Commentary: An executive order with memory

Trump’s executive order on immigration brings back memories for Japanese Americans, who this weekend mark the anniversary of a similar moment in history from the last century. Read More

United Methodist Bishop William B. Lewis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commentary: Conferences need final say on gay issues

Retired bishop says the annual conference, not General Conference, has the responsibility for addressing moral issues involving clergy. Read More

Tennessee Wesleyan University student Todd Cox shared his thoughts on the attending 2017 U.S. presidential inauguration with United Methodist News Service. Courtesy photo.

Commentary: A student’s viewpoint of the inauguration

Student attending the inauguration was moved by the diversity at the event but troubled by deep divisions of ideology. Read More

Photo of the Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Commentary: Sexuality debate overshadows real issues in Africa

The church in Africa is facing divisions and exclusions that extend well beyond sexuality. Read More

Courtesy photo: The Rev. Paul J. Kottke

Commentary: Wesleyan Covenant meeting overlooked important issues

One observer of Wesleyan Covenant Association’s inaugural event excited by call for a church revival, but feels certain concerns must be resolved. Read More

Steven W. Manskar is the director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Commentary: Wesley’s views on holding right opinions

John Wesley was certainly a fan of orthodoxy, but believed the goal of religion was to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Read More

Courtesy photo: The Rev. Christopher P. Momany

Commentary: Taking our theology seriously

In an age of division, it’s important to remember that Wesley’s movement embodied a diversity of identities united by a God who died for all. Read More

Commentary: Overcoming the brink of schism

With the enormous issues and overwhelming debate on each that confronts The United Methodist Church today, General Conference 2016 has managed to do some holy conferencing. Read More