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