March 2, 2021
A Few Lead Off Headlines
Conservative leaders from the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Monday released the logo, website, and mission of the proposed new denomination, the Global Methodist Church. The reveal comes days after the UMC delayed this year’s general conference until August 2022 due to the pandemic. The denomination had planned to consider the schism over LGBT issues for the second time during that conference. But supporters of the breakaway wanted a faster process and asked the church to consider the proposal during an online conference on May 8.
What are the proposed changes under the new denomination?
The Global Methodist Church said it would affirm “the traditional understanding of Christian marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman.” Efforts to split the UMC over same-sex unions and LGBT clergy emerged during the church’s 2019 general conference. Global church delegates voted 438-384 to strengthen the commitment to Biblical standards on sexuality, but many liberal American clergy said they would not abide by the restrictions. One breakaway proposal, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, would give the new denominations $25 million and allow them to keep their properties.
Dig deeper: Read Kiley Crossland’s report in Relations on the UMC’s debate over sexuality in 2019. —Onize Ohikere
- The Senate confirmed Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona as education secretary.
- After negotiations with Nigerian officials, unidentified gunmen release nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped last week.
- Iran rejects an invitation from the European Union to meet with the United States to discuss a nuclear agreement.
Big news at Carmen’s house: Puppies!! 7 puppies! That is all…
Three things to do today
- Kindness challenge
- Share your story – or get ready to share your story
- Pray for your neighbor and for the nation
Nick Pitts – Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement
What was the Conservative Political Action Conference like this year which took place in Florida? Nick Pitts runs us through a review. Bethany Christian Services has decided to no longer bar gay couples from placement/adoption; Nick and Carmen help us think through this decision.
Luke Moon – The Philos Project & Providence Magazine
The UN Human Rights Commission shared information of Chinese dissidents with the Chinese Communist Party — Luke helps us think through the ramifications of this. He also guides us through U.S./Iranian relations as news comes that President Bien allowed U.S. troops to bomb targets in Syria among other topics such as the Khashoggi murder and Pope’s visit to Iraq.