New Article Published

A new article has been published in the current issue of Methodist Review by Sarah Heaner Lancaster: “United Methodist Doctrine After Disaffiliation: Learning to Teach Our Teachings.”

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Abstract: In Methodist Review 12 (2020), William B. Lawrence presented “A Question of Doctrine: Whither The United Methodist Church?” This article returns to the question posed by Lawrence to consider what The United Methodist Church intended by its statements in The Book of Discipline about doctrine. Earlier reflection intended for theological and doctrinal renewal may continue to serve as a guide for how to think about doctrine as the church goes forward after disaffiliation. The article looks at why doctrine matters, but also why ongoing interpretation and self-criticism are important, giving special attention to the Social Principles.