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Welcome to “Many Voices, One Faith,” a forum for sharing theological perspectives on topics of interest in The United Methodist Church. We are a global community rooted in the Wesleyan tradition, yet diverse in views and experiences. This forum is designed to put the voices of the church in conversation with one another and build understanding of what it means to be United Methodist today. Every commentary represents a faithfully expressed viewpoint. New commentaries and topics are being added regularly. Check out current topics, and share your thoughts.
Are men and women equal in the church?
'Being equal on paper is not being equal in life'
Diligence is "required for our mission to be accomplished in seeking the full inclusion of women at all levels of leadership within The United Methodist Church," writes Dawn Wiggins Hare of COSROW. Read More
‘There is danger when there is gender imbalance’
The role of all men and all women within The United Methodist Church is to be disciples who make more disciples, writes Gilbert C. Hanke of United Methodist Men. Read More
In service of God, men and women are equal
“God blessed both man and woman and charged them both to have dominion over the earth. He intended them to experience oneness and to work side by side.” Read More
What is baptism?
Our understanding of baptism — What’s at stake?
Baptismal liturgy includes our covenant with God and one another. But the baptism itself is all God’s doing. It’s something God does for and in us. Read More
Baptism brings us into God’s Church, relationship with others
Scripture and our ritual text insist that God is at work in baptism, placing us in the midst of the church where we practice the means of grace. Read More
The United Methodist Forum: In conversation with one another
"Many Voices, One Faith” is a forum for sharing theological perspectives on topics of interest in The United Methodist Church. Read More
What is evangelism?
Evangelism is central to our mission
“Evangelism always begins with God’s goodness” and is vital to Wesleyan ministry, writes the Rev. Heather Lear in her commentary for "Many Voices, One Faith." Read More
Wesley’s evangelism: ‘Save as many souls as you can’
“One of the mistakes people always make is to view evangelism as the pastor’s task alone,” says the Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka. Read More
Faith is caught, not taught
The Rev. Kimberly D. Reisman says while there is a place for sound teaching, when it comes to evangelism, "people come to faith because of the contagious way others live.” Read More
What does it mean to love my neighbor?
Loving our neighbors
"No faith community is monolithic." The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe says loving our neighbors, like friendship and marriage, is finding each other’s heart again and again. Read More
Aid, advancement and advocacy
“But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.” The Rev. Jorge Acevedo examines Jesus’ parable from a 2... Read More
We proclaim Christ by loving our indigenous community
United Methodists in the Philippines engaged in risk-taking mission work by sheltering Lumad farmers. Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco says we must show the vulnerable they are not forsaken. Read More
Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Maxie Dunnam
The Rev. Maxie Dunnam is president emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Read More
Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Scott Jones
Bishop Scott Jones is the resident bishop of the Texas Conference. Read More
Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai
The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai is chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table. Read More
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
'I have decided to follow Jesus'
Chris Ritter is moved by the hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” — and the story of the Christian martyr who inspired it. Read More
Taking up my cross
Nicole Melki discusses the impact of having Scriptures used to communicate exclusion from the love of God. Read More