Faultlines Collection

Holy Conversations about Human Sexuality and The United Methodist Church

There is disagreement about what The United Methodist Church should teach about homosexuality, same gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons. In 2019, a special session of General Conference will be held to consider these issues and how they will be addressed by The United Methodist Church in the future.

Faultlines is a collection of resources—including small group studies and books—intended to inform the conversations around human sexuality within the United Methodist Church as the denomination prepares for the General Conference. The collection represents diverse perspectives and attempts to fill knowledge gaps around the debate, biblical foundations, theological arguments and the impact on The United Methodist Church  and her people.

The collection's titles are highlighted below in order of publication date.  Addtional resources from Abingdon Press for further reading follow.

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Living Faithfully

Published 8/2017 ISBN: 9781501859779

The United Methodist Church is seeking a way forward. There is deep disagreement about what The United Methodist Church should teach about homosexuality, same gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons. In 2019, a special session of General Conference will be held to consider these issues and how they will be … read more

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Is It Time?

By Adolf Hansen Published 11/2017 ISBN: 9781501859731

Conversations about human sexuality are taking place all over The United Methodist Church--in local congregations, among leaders, and in conferences.  Adolf Hansen, an ordained elder who is theologian-in-residence at St. Luke’s UMC, Indianapolis, contributes to this conversation by presenting questions for… read more

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Holy Contradictions

Published 2/2018 ISBN: 9781501859717

How might United Methodists bear witness to graceful and mutually respectful ways of living in the Wesleyan tradition amid enduring disagreements about same-gender relationships and related church practices? The contributors engage the question by asking themselves: •    How do I approach this… read more

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The Marks of Hope

By Matt Rawle, Juan Huertas, Katie McKay Simpson Published 3/2018 ISBN: 9781501859335

The church can be a hopeful model for the world amidst changing culture, evolving ministry and the conflicts that arise, Headlines in The United Methodist church today include words like “division,” “death tsunami,” and “Affinity Group X vs. Affinity Group Y.” So, where does one find … read more

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Are We Really Better Together?

By Rob Renfroe, Walter Fenton Published 4/2018 ISBN: 9781501863851

The authors set out to address the division within The United Methodist Church and contend that remaining united is hurting the church and the proclamation of the gospel.  Recognizing that conservative and progressive Methodists are sincere in their beliefs, the authors doubt that one side will convince the other … read more

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The Fight for Marriage

By William L. Harbison, Phillip F. Cramer Published 3/2018 ISBN: 9781501858932

Unique perspectives from Christian attorneys on the front lines of the U.S. Supreme Court battle for marriage equality. For leaders in governments and in churches, marriage equality is the most contentious civil-rights dispute in the 21st century. During an era where nearly half of all marriages end in divorce… read more

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Our Strangely Warmed Hearts

By Karen P. Oliveto Published 3/2018 ISBN: 9781501858918

Coming out into one’s authentic, God-created self fosters spiritual renewal and call to ministry. As John Wesley discovered his true spiritual identity, he experienced a strangely warmed heart. Through poignant stories and well-reasoned principles, Karen Oliveto discloses why and how spiritual renewal and a personal… read more

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The 19

By Carolyn C. Moore Published 4/2018 ISBN: 9781501861093

Wesley’s historic questions have been asked of those considered for full connection (ordination) since as early as 1784, the first Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, presided over by Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke. The questions also have a broader Wesleyan context. Many of these questions were… read more

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Our Purpose Is Love

By David N. Field Published 4/2018 ISBN: 9781501868672

We live in a time of great division in the world, and too often we find this polarization mirrored in the church. People sitting in the same pew, working in the same office, and living on the same street find themselves at odds with one another politically and theologically on a variety of issues. Conflict seems to… read more

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A New Church and A New Seminary

By David McAllister-Wilson Published 4/2018 ISBN: 9781501858895

The future of the church and the future of the seminary are inextricably linked.   Many churches are “mule churches”–strong for a generation but unable to reproduce themselves. As a mule comes from a horse and a donkey, they were the product of demographics and cultural conditions conducive for a … read more

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