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In his recent Religion News Service article, Jacob Lupfer writes about the divisions in the United Methodist Church, “In any ecclesial conflict there are non-combatants who don’t really understand what all the fighting is about. But in this case particularly, the muddling Methodist middle that has historically tempered the impulses of extremists is indifferent to the impending schism. Most laity and many clergy are not nearly so invested in moving the Methodist divorce along as those at the extremes.”

Jacob and I talk about his article and the distinct possibility that the impending split in the UMC may not unfold as many predict.