Archives for May 14, 2016

UMReporter Roundtable — Episode 005 (5/14/2016)

Jay Voorhees hosts tonight and is joined by Wes Magruder, Christy Thomas, and Ricky Harrison. As General Conference will be off on Sunday, we will not be doing a podcast tomorrow night, and will pick up on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Commentary: Where are the youth?

By Amanda Tobey* 0.23%. That is percentage of youth voting delegates on the floor of General Conference this year. It is commonly understood that youth and young adults are hugely underrepresented on a global level in the United Methodist Church. A question that commonly gets posed is, “How can we get more youth to come […]

They did what? GC2016 business for May 14, 2016

Portland, OR — This morning’s plenary of the 2016 General Conference saw the first of the official legislative actions by the full General Conference through the passage of several “consent calendars.” Consent Calendars contain items that were approved in a legislative committee by 90% or more of the voting members. The consent calendars are then voted […]

GC Shorts — To Welcome the Stranger

United Methodists gather to protest deportations and support the welfare of immigrants and refugees to the United States in an immigration rally on May 13, 2016. Wes Magruder

Sermon Transcript – Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (Saturday, May 14, 2016)

Editor’s Note: The following transcript is what was submitted by Bishop Devadhar prior to actually preaching the sermon. What he actually said may differ from the following text.  Listening to God’s Dream Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Resident Bishop New England Conference (Boston Episcopal Area) Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: I greet […]

Bishop Devadhar: Listen for wisdom in unexpected places

Light and darkness. African beat and liturgical dance. Hopeful listening and wise advice. These were the elements worshippers found in worship Saturday morning at General Conference in Portland Ore. The Tamba Marimba Ensemble offered the beat.  The strains of “star of wonder, star of light” teased the ear in the darkened room illuminated only by […]

GC Shorts — An Indigo Girl . . . and Boy

An interview with Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and her father, Don, shortly before they performed at a reception for the General Board of Church and Society at the 2016 General Conference. Wes Magruder

Transcript: Young People’s Address to GC2016

YOUNG PEOPLE’S ADDRESS Presentation Date: Sat. May 14, 8:45-9:15am PETER CIBUABUA: I am Peter Cibuabua. CHELSEA SPYRES: I am Chelsea Spyres. PETER: I am from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. CHELSEA: I am from Delaware but now live and serve in Michigan here in the United States. PETER: The objective of this […]

UMReporter Roundtable — Episode 4 (May 13, 2016)

Charles Harrison and his merry band of MethoNerds reflect on the day’s events at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, OR. Today’s guests: Jay Voorhees, Wes Magruder, and Christy Thomas.