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The congregation for the 25th conferment of degrees at Africa University in Mutare has just started. @ChronicleZim @StarFMNews
Professor Munashe Furusa applauded students for overcoming hardships to this graduation day thanked parents and other stakeholders for supporting the group that is graduating throughout their studies. @Africa_Univ
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Recently the @UMChurch voted to reject its #LGBTQi participants, both lay & clerical.

But the #UMC of Gernany has rejected this vote.

"The UMC in Germany will therefore not follow the chosen way of controlling people in their disposition and imposing stricter penalties."

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"Just as I watched over them to dig up and pull down,
so I will watch over them to build and plant, declares the Lord. "

Jeremiah 31.28

Thus begins the German church's response to the terrible decision made by a simple majority of the delegates at the Special Session.

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Attached are screenshots of the entire powerful statement from the German Conference of the United Mrethodist Church.

Please read them.

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The various crises in American religion– especially the talk of division in the #UMC--have prompted me to revisit research I did in the 1980s as the Southern Baptist Convention was being transformed into the monolithically conservative body it is today. amazon.com/dp/B004QEZ80S/…
How does a denomination arrive at and move through a split? It’s not enough just to have an argument about theology or practice. That argument has to tap deeper social divisions. And then the very complicated organizational work of division has to get underway.
There were real theological differences between the SBC parties, just as there are between the traditional and progressive Methodists, but the differences were also social and political.
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A wee reminder to my #UMC friends -- Methodism began as a spiritual movement to renew a decaying institutional church and serve the outcast, the marginalized, and the poor.
It is the WCA "traditionalists" who are NOT traditional. They are like 18th century Anglicans (sorry Anglican friends!) who tried to quash a spiritual movement of inclusion and love.
It is the WCA "traditionalists" who are appealing to authority and order and ecclesial control -- like the Anglican bishops who criticized and chastised John Wesley and the early Methodists.
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I view the United Methodist Church in the same light as the Boy Scouts of America and the state of West Virginia itself. All three are entities I was steeped in that wronged me, and my memories of all three are completely intertwined.
I realize a lot of queer and forward-thinking people are coping with grief from the UMC's insurgent bigotry, and I'll say...I know. I went through all of the same emotions when I deconverted 20-odd years ago.
But I want to talk about something else: *Why* did the #UMC ever have a reputation for being progressive/affirming/non-bigoted in the first place?
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1/ I've got a couple of thoughts on the difference between the containers of faith and what we actually put in those containers, brought to you by my tweet that blew up last night about crises of identity and fighting for a place within your tradition. No hashtags.
2/ (This will find the people it needs to find.)
3/ If you grew up as part of a tradition, the material contained within that tradition is your rightful inheritance. Whether you grew up Methodist, Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Hindu, Orphic, Vodouisant, whatever—that's yours. You have a share in it.
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Beginning of multi-day thread: coverage of General Conference 2019 in St. Louis.

Qualifications: I’m a reserve delegate from the greater Northwest, and a press-credentialed blogger at HackingChristianity.net.

Follow for updates, analysis, and copious snark. #umcgc #gc2019 #umc
Found outside the convention center. Caption options:

- Jesus, you took the wrong wheel
- GC is already off the wheels.
- Where GC is going, we don’t need wheels.

#umcgc #gc2019 #umc
Opening prayer and service is focused on submission and subservience, surrendering ourselves to God. That’s a good reminder amidst our machinations and seeking to control the votes that we are in service to God. But I doubt those who do that are heeding it. #umcgc #gc2019 #umc
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The #NextMethodism will be less focused on data and techniques and more focused on helping people come to faith in Jesus Christ and walk in the Spirit. The fullness of the gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit will be emphasized.
The #NextMethodism will be much more interested in the power of God and much more humble about what we can do in our own strength. Instead of offering only what we already know we can do for others, we will learn (again) to offer the promises God makes to all of us in Scripture.
Formation in the #umc has been like balancing your checkbook. We are taught to write checks that we know we can cover. The problem is that Christian ministry never has been about the ability or strength of the leader. If it is, we do not have what the world needs.
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Many conservative evangelicals define “faith” as believing hard things. What this means is that justification by faith is actually earning your salvation through believing hard things and orthodoxy is whatever seems hard to believe in today’s world.
Conservative evangelicals have bastardized the concept of orthodoxy by redefining it as hard beliefs that cut against the grain of secular humanism, the most prominent one being that practicing homosexuality is a sin. This allows them to feel like their faith is “costly.”
The reason conservative evangelicals can never change their view on homosexuality or remove it from the epicenter of their “orthodoxy” is because they need the feeling of “costliness” that being anti-gay provides them in order to have a sense of security about their salvation.
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