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A New Conversation

By Rob Renfroe- For 50 years, Good News has made a commitment to open dialogue about the divisive issues within The United Methodist Church. These topics include Sunday school curriculum, global ministries, theological pluralism, seminary education, ...

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Two Large Congregations Exit Denomination

By Walter Fenton- The largest local church in the Mississippi Annual Conference in terms of worship attendance and one of the 25 fastest growing churches in the U.S. has now officially exited The United Methodist Church. According to lead pastor ...

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Boyette to lead Wesleyan covenant association

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) has named the Rev. Keith Boyette as their first president. Boyette is a member of the Virginia Annual Conference and founded the Wilderness Community United Methodist Church 19 years ago. For eight years, ...

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My Joshua Tree

By Steve Beard- Thirty years ago, I drove 500 miles with college buddies to see U2’s “Joshua Tree” tour stop in Houston. “I can’t change the world / But I can change the world in me,” Bono had sung on a previous album. Young and idealistic, I ...

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Learning to be beloved

By Tis Harrison Warren- I wake slowly. Even when the day demands I rally quickly – when my kids leap on top of me with sharp elbows or my alarm blares – I lie still for the first few seconds of the day, stunned, orienting, thoughts dulled. Then ...

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Are Your Prayers Big Enough?

By Scott McDermott- Are your prayers really big enough? And just in case you are wondering, I am not referring to prayers that are motivated by pride or greed. I am referring to the type of big prayer that has one agenda and one agenda only - ...

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Rooted in christ: Women Being the Church

By Katy Kiser- What should be the business of the church? For the women of the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta Georgia, it is providing women with the opportunity to become Rooted in Christ. Their women’s ministry places equal ...

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In the News

Commission to Meet Amidst Growing Divide

By Walter Fenton- The Commission for a Way Forward will gather for its fourth meeting in Chicago, July 19-21, as it searches for a way to break the impasse in an increasingly divided ...

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Good News statement to Commission on a Way Forward

Members of the Bishops’ Commission on A Way Forward, my colleagues at Good News and I thank you for your service to the church which is time consuming and, no doubt, emotionally draining. We have been ...

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Rookie Mistake

By Walter Fenton- Writing to churches and clergy in the Iowa Annual Conference about financial challenges the conference faces, new Bishop Laurie Haller wrote, "Some of our clergy and congregations ...

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Judicial Council Denies Motion for Reconsideration

By Walter Fenton- The United Methodist Church's Judicial Council has declined a request to reconsider a portion of its April 2017 decision regarding the consecration of an openly lesbian ...

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John Grenfell, Jr., Pastor, Advocate, and Friend

By Walter Fenton- Lifetime Good News Board member the Rev. John Grenfell, Jr. died this past Sunday, June 25, 2017. He was 86 years old. John was one of those United Methodist pastors who never ...

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Leaning Centrists

By Walter Fenton- A resolution recently presented to the clergy session of the West Ohio Annual Conference speaks volumes about the self-declared "United Methodist Centrist Movement." The ...

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Brief Notes from Around the Connection

Financial Challenges in Yellowstone In a recent note to the churches of the Yellowstone Annual Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto and her cabinet wrote: "As we prepare for Annual ...

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