In Their Own Words: Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards

Noble_CommunionMaile Bradfield, UMNS

The Rev. Kathy Noble offers communion to a delegate during the opening worship at the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.


Every day during the lunch break at General Conference, there is a service of Holy Communion, which is presided over by one of our bishops. Following Monday’s service, I had a chance to talk with Taylor Burton-Edwards, who serves as the director of worship resources for Discipleship Ministries. He spoke about the importance of this sacrament as General Conference.

It’s been an emotional General Conference. Bishop Bruce Ough told delegates Tuesday that he was heartbroken at the pain so many feel in “our beloved United Methodist Church.” This clip from Rev. Burton-Edwards is a good reminder that God understands our broken-heartedness.

We have many different hopes and goals for General Conference, but I was moved as Taylor reminded me of the greater truth that binds us together.


Ben Hanne

Ben Hanne

Ben Hanne has taken up the role of Podcast Producer for the UMR during General Conference 2016. He is the Campus Minster at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS and a soon-to-be ordained Elder in the Great Plains Conference of the UMC.
Ben is 1/2 of the ministry oriented podcast “Preach, Pray or Die” which can be found on iTunes or anywhere you look for your podcasts.

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