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[16 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 1,560 views]
Week in Review (June 9-15)

First off, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Make your kids be nice to you for a change if you, indeed, have that much authority.
Second, we’ve had a busy week (as usual) here at First Arkansas News and would have for our tens of fans to miss out on anything. To that end, we’re doing our weekly thing of posting links to everything that’s been posted in the past week for your clicking pleasure. Yes, we wrote about everything from crepe myrtle thieves in Benton to the …

Columns and other comments, Features and such, Religion »

[13 May 2012 | 2 Comments | 2,549 views]
Between a rock and a hard place…

It’s all over but the protests — the United Methodist Church, at its 2012 General Conference, resisted efforts to strike language from the Book of Discipline proclaiming homosexuality to be incompatible with Christian teachings.
With that language firmly in place, what followed was predictable — the Church resisted efforts to allow pastors to marry homosexual couples and consent to ordination of gay clergy. For the record, the Book of Discipline contains the rules and regulations for the United Methodist Church. The denomination has about 8 million members worldwide and is the …

Features and such, News, Religion »

[30 Apr 2012 | 7 Comments | 4,157 views]
Methodists leaning Conservative in General Conference

If early reports from the Confessing Movement are any indication, those hoping for the United Methodist Church to change its stance on homosexuality will likely be disappointed.
For those who haven’t been following the 2012 United Methodist General Conference, proposals have been made for the worldwide group to change its stances on, specifically, homosexual clergy members and gay marriage. Central to the conflict is the Book of Discipline, the document which provides the rules and regulations to United Methodist churches. In 1972, language was added to the Book of Discipline that …

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[28 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 3,338 views]
Keeping up with the 2012 United Methodist General Conference

Every four years, the United Methodist Church holds a conference and decides policy for its worldwide membership.
The 2012 General Conference started on April 24 in Tampa, Fla., and there are available some early reports on the issues surrounding the conference. Perhaps the most controversial issues in this conference (and, indeed, the last one, the one before that, etc.) has to do with the Church’s stance on homosexuality. The United Methodist Church views homosexuality as incompatible with Christian doctrine, meaning gay marriages are not endorsed, gay clergy that are not celibate …