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The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools (AUMTS) co-hosted a theological colloquy on “The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness,” in support of the Council of Bishops, on March 10-12, 2017 at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The colloquy brought together more than 30 scholars and theologians from the 13 United Methodist seminaries in the United States, as well as Asbury Seminary and seminaries in the central conferences of Africa, Europe, and the Philippines. The colloquy participants presented papers that will serve as the basis for a book and resource that will be presented to the Council of Bishop’s Commission on a Way Forward.

You may review the submitted papers which offer a range of perspectives, research and reflections around church unity and human sexuality below.

PDF icon Conversations Matter

PDF icon In Defense of Mexit

PDF icon Where Will You Go From Here?

PDF icon Bodies That Touch

PDF icon The Methodist Chimera

PDF icon The Clash Among Unity, Inclusion, and Covenant

PDF icon Grounds for Unity in the United Methodist Church and a Proposed Way Forward

PDF icon In Search of Union Without Unity

PDF icon Human Sexuality and the Unity of the Church

PDF icon The Methodist Merger of 1939

PDF icon Engaging the Public/Private Split

PDF icon A Division of Heart

PDF icon How Do United Methodists Know a Sin When We See It?

PDF icon The Unity of the Church of God, The Body of Christ

PDF icon Ecumenical Insights to Overcoming Obstacles to Unity in Christ

PDF icon The Split That Didn't Happen

PDF icon Same-Sex Marriage, Just War, and the Social Principles

PDF icon Today's United Methodism

PDF icon Should United Methodists View Homosexual Conduct as a Matter of Status Confessionis?

PDF icon Quantity, Quality, and Balkanization

PDF icon The Unity of the Church in Relation to Christian Teaching and Human Sexuality

PDF icon United Methodist Church Unity and Human Sexuality

PDF icon Holiness of Heart and Life

PDF icon Confidence and Humility in Moral Judgement

PDF icon An Ecclesial Vision for the United Methodist Church

PDF icon First Be Reconciled