Information Sessions And Suggested Reading List About Current United Methodist Issues

Suggested Reading List

Below is a starting point for those interested in searching for information about the United Methodist Church, the separation of the denomination, and issues surrounding LGBTQI+. It is by no means an exhaustive list.

Selected Bibliography:

Abraham, William J. Dialogues Amongst The People Called United Methodists. Highland Loch Press, Dallas, Texas, 2014.

Abraham, William J. Waking From Doctrinal Amnesia: The Healing of Doctrine in The United Methodist Church. Abingdon Press, Nashville: 1995.

Collins, Kenneth J., and Ryan N. Danker, eds. The Next Methodism: Theological, Social, and Missional Foundations for Global Methodism. Seedbed Publishing, Franklin, TN. 2022

Hamilton, Adam. Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today. HarperOne: 2014.

Heidinger, James, II. The Rise of Theological Liberalism and the Decline of American Methodism. Seedbed Publishing, Franklin, TN, 2017.

Jones, Scott J. United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center.  Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2002.

Jones, Scott J. and Bruce R. Ough, eds. The Future of the United Methodist Church: 7 Vision Pathways. Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2010.

Wesleyan Covenant Association. A Firm Foundation: Hope and Vision for a New Methodist Future. Seedbed Publishing, Franklin, TN: 2017.

Denominational Resources:

United Methodist Book of Discipline, 2016. United Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, TN: 2016.

Addendum to THE BOOK OF DISCPLINE 2016

Video Presentations:

“In Accordance with the Scriptures: the Bible and the Creeds.” Address delivered to the Wesleyan Covenant Association Gathering in Tulsa Oklahoma, 2019.

“Methodism’s Division: Six-Part Video Series by Rev. Rob Renfroe”

Leading Voices:

Wesleyan Covenant Association – midwife of the Global Methodist Church

Global Methodist Church – Launched May 1, 2022

UMC Next –

Liberation Methodist Connection –

United Methodist Insight –

The Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church –

People Need Jesus –

Good News Movement –

Hacking Christianity –

Grace Through Separation –

Articles about UMC:

“Over 60 Methodist Leaders Sign Statement on Wesleyan Tradition,” The Christian Post, June 2, 2022.

“United Methodists At the End of the Mainline,” William J. Abraham, First Things, June 1998.

“Texas Court Strikes Down the Methodist Trust Clause,” Daniel P. Dalton, April 11, 2021.

“The Fifty-Year Fight over Scripture & Sexuality in the #UMC (April 1972 – April 2022),” Chris Ritter, April 6, 2022.

“Is the United Methodist Church Really…?”

“Is the UMC Really…” Part 2

“Misinformation Abounds”

“More On Misinformation”

“Iowa Conference: Leading Now and Into the Future – Our Vision”

“Safe Harbor Declaration – Western Jurisdiction”

First drag queen certified as a candidate for United Methodist ministry ‘speaking in a new way to new people’ (

‘God is Queer,’ Duke Divinity Students Proclaim – Juicy Ecumenism

Bishop Michael McKee, North Texas Annual Conference, On Misinformation In The Church (

“Methodist Separation In Mainline Context” Blog by Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter.

UM Fallout – A Compendium

UM Fallout – A Compendium May – July 2022.

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