The United Methodist Church has heaved with anguish since its General Conference voted last summer to maintain and enforce the traditional definition of marriage in the Book of Discipline. Church leaders hired an experienced mediator, and plans were announced a few weeks ago for an amicable separation, the final decision to be made at a General Conference later in the year.
Fellowship is at the heart of the divine economy, a partnership in well-doing.
I hope that The Living Church will continue to bear witness to the truth of God that springs up from the earth. It is our aim to seek out and lift up the ways that ordinary men and women respond to God’s call to proclaim the Gospel and to serve their neighbors in love.
By the mercy of God, the republic still stands. His Church stands. His promise of forgiveness and hope, of pardon and peace through Jesus Christ, stands.
From 1960: "When one considers the popular vote totals, the wisdom of the voters was a less important factor than the luck of the distribution of the votes in various states."
The choice of the next president must be based upon the candidate’s ability to frame new policies to fit new situations within the context of the broad generalities upon which agreement is so complete that one must listen closely to detect the differences in emphasis.
This editorial, written by TLC editor Clifford P. Morehouse (1904-77), addresses the responsibility of the Episcopal Church to a substantial population of new residents of the United States in the wake of the Second World War.