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60United Methodists at the End of the Mainlinehttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1998/06/002-united-methodists-at-the-end-of-the-mainline
Mon, 01 Jun 1998 00:00:00 -0400 The United Methodist Church stands at a critical moment. Founded in 1968 at a time of ecumenical enthusiasm and euphoria, it now harbors within it forces that threaten to destroy it as a single body. Those forces did not arise overnight; indeed they stretch back into the parent bodies that merged to form United Methodism. Three groups, the liberals, radicals, and conservatives, are finding their uneasy compromise difficult to maintain.