Holy Conversations: The WCA Podcast

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Voices from the 2022 WCA Global Gathering

Hosts Bob Kaylor and Stephanie Greenwald sat down with a variety of church leaders who attended the WCA Global Legislative Assembly and Global Gathering May 6-7, 2022 in Indianapolis, including: 

Jay Therrell - The new President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

Tom Junk from the Oklahoma Conference

Richard Thompson from Cal-Nevada Conference and Ted Smith from Cal-Pac Conference

Kent Millard from United Theological Seminary

Chuck Savage from North Georgia Conference

Jessica LaGrone from Asbury Theological Seminary

Keith McIlwain from Western Pennsylvania Conference

Jeff Greenway from West Ohio Conference

Each leader gives us his or her take on what's happening in their corner of Methodism and their thoughts on the future of the Global Methodist Church. 

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WCA Global Gathering: A Conversation with International WCA Leaders

In this first of a series of episodes recorded at the WCA Global Gathering in Indianapolis, Bob Kaylor sits down with Forbes Matonga from Zimbabwe, Jonathan Razon from the Philippines, and Kimba Evariste from the Congo to discuss what's happening with the United Methodist Church, the General Conference, and the launch of the Global Methodist Church. 

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Pensions and Pathways into the Global Methodist Church with Keith Boyette

Bob sat down with Keith Boyette to talk through pension issues, the disaffiliation process, and the next steps for churches and clergy who want to join the Global Methodist Church. Keith also provides information on some new resources available for those who want to learn more and share with others about the Global Methodist Church, as well as giving us a preview of the upcoming WCA Global Legislative Assembly and Global Gathering. 

Links to some important information about pensions from Wespath: 

Links to new resources for talking about the Global Methodist Church

Learn about the WCA Global Gathering, "More Than Conquerers," and register today! 

Send your questions about the Global Methodist Church to info@globalmethodist.org. To connect with us here at the podcast, email us at podcast@wesleyancovenant.org and follow us on Twitter @WCAPod

The Significance of Christian Marriage with Dr. Warren Smith

In an essay in The Next Methodism, Warren Smith, Professor of Historical Theology at Duke Divinity School makes the case that Christian marriage is a unique type of spiritual friendship in which husband and wife "encourage and challenge one another in the way of holiness." Bob and Stephanie talk with Warren about the importance of defining marriage and singleness within the biblical framework of baptism, sanctification, and resurrection, and discuss how a grounded theological understanding of sex and marriage can inform the theology and practice of the next Methodism. This is an important discussion for traditional Methodists who want to focus on what we're "for" when it comes to talking about sex and marriage. 

Order your copy of The Next Methodism from Seedbed

Send us your comments and questions at podcast@wesleyancovenant.org and follow us on Twitter @WCAPod. 

Learn more about the Wesleyan Covenant Association and about our upcoming Global Gathering on our website at wesleyancovenant.org

 

The Next Methodism with Ryan Danker

Ryan Danker joins the show to talk about The Next Methodism project, a movement among traditional Methodist scholars to bring their best thinking to the Church. Scholars met in Washington, DC, in January to craft a series of documents focusing on the next Methodism and many contributed to a book edited by Ryan and by Ken Collins titled The Next Methodism: Theological, Social, and Missional Foundations for Global Methodism, which is published by Seedbed. In this episode we discuss some of the key theological commitments for the new Methodism, we remember the legacy of Billy Abraham, and we review some of the highlights of the book and project. 

Get your copy of The Next Methodism from Seedbed

Send us your questions and comments at podcast@wesleyancovenant.org. Follow us on Twitter @WCAPod. 

General Conference Postponement and the Launch of the Global Methodist Church

Stephanie and Bob talk with WCA President Keith Boyette about today's announcement that the UMC General Conference is postponed until 2024, and about the launch of the Global Methodist Church on May 1, 2022. Keith answers some important questions that churches and pastors may have in the wake of today's announcements (March 3, 2022). 

Send your questions about the Global Methodist Church to info@globalmethodist.org. Answers to many of the questions about today's announcements can also be found on the Global Methodist Church website.

Send your comments and questions for the podcast hosts to podcast@wesleyancovenant.org and follow us on Twitter @WCAPod. 

 

WCA Leaders in Eastern Europe

Bob and Stephanie interview European WCA chapter leaders Daniel Topalski from Bulgari and Gabi Kopas from Slovakia and get their perspective on Methodism in eastern Europe, the situation in the United Methodist Church, the impending launch of the Global Methodist Church, and their hopes for a new Methodist movement in the wide-open mission field they serve. 

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A Conversation with Simon Mafunda - WCA Africa Coordinator

Simon Mafunda is the new Africa Coordinator for the Wesleyan Covenant Association, working with Methodists across the continent as they consider the future of the United Methodist Church and the emerging Global Methodist Church. Bob and Stephanie talk with Simon about the history of Methodism in Africa, what's happening with the Africa Initiative, and an African response to the initiative of the WCA and partners to offer opportunities for Central Conference delegates to get vaccinated in anticipation of the 2022 General Conference. 

Learn more about the Wesleyan Covenant Association and the Global Methodist Church

Contact Simon Mafunda with your questions about the WCA and Africa: smafunda@wesleyancovenant.org

Send your questions and comments to us at podcast@wesleyancovenant.org and follow us on Twitter @WCAPod. 

Year-End Mailbag with Keith Boyette

In this final episode of 2021, WCA President Keith Boyette answers questions about the status of the UMC General Conference, the status of the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation, and the launch of the Global Methodist Church. These are important pieces of information that we encourage you to share widely. 

And with this episode, we close Season 2 of the podcast. We wish you all a blessed Christmas season and we look forward to being back with Season 3 in January of 2022! 

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Use these links to learn more about the Wesleyan Covenant Association and the Global Methodist Church

The WCA Task Force on Sexual Holiness, Wholeness, and Brokenness

Debra Baty, chair of the task force, talks with Bob and Stephanie about the team's report and recommendations for the emerging Global Methodist Church in helping people to experience wholeness and healing, along with the beauty of the biblical vision for human sexuality, in a world dominated by the ideology of the sexual revolution. 

Read the Task Force report. Watch the WCA website for information about listening sessions on the report coming in November and December of 2021.

Send us your comments and questions at podcast@wesleyancovenant.org. Follow us on Twitter @WCAPod. 

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