Archives for May 2016

6 things to watch at the United Methodist General Conference

By Emily McFarlan Miller* (RNS) The United Methodist Church General Conference convenes once every four years to make policy decisions and set the direction for the denomination. Beginning Tuesday (May 10), 864 delegates, half of them clergy, will converge on the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for 11 days for the General Conference. More than […]

Council of Bishops adopt covenant of accountability

Portland, OR — Meeting in Portland, Oregon, the Council of Bishops voted to adopt a “Covenant of Accountability for the Council of Bishops” and pledged to hold one another accountable for living according to the agreement while seeking the support and prayers of the entire church. The announcement comes on the eve of the quadrennial […]

Council of Bishops Covenant of Accountability

A COVENANT OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE COUNCIL OF BISHOPS Bishops of the church are spiritual leaders who are set apart by the church to lead with hope in our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. The vows which each bishop affirmed at her or his consecration continue to guide and shape our ministry. We as a […]

Good News responds to clergy coming out letter

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, Vice President and General Manager of Good News, an organization that has advocated for the retention of the current United Methodist teaching on homosexuality, released a statement this afternoon in response to the letter from 111 UM clergy identifying themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). “Unfortunately, the […]

More than 100 clergy come out in the lead up to General Conference

In a continuation of actions leading up to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, the Reconciling Ministries Network released a letter today from 111 United Methodist Clergy who self identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) in opposition to the United Methodist current teaching which says that self-avowed, practicing homosexuals are not allowed as ministers. […]

A love letter to our church from your LGBTQI religious leaders

Originally posted by Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the letter below caused RMN’s website to crash due to an overload of traffic just hours after the letter’s release. Dear United Methodist Church, As we gather in Portland to begin the 10 day discernment of God’s leading for The United Methodist Church known as General Conference, we, […]

Global Ministries reimagines its work for the future

by Mary Andreolli* “The Spirit is always moving to sweep the church into a new mission age.” This powerful awareness is the culmination of the Mission Theology statement crafted in 2011 by directors of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. The statement guides the participation of the worldwide agency in Missio Dei—God’s mission. […]

Recently Read: United Methodists may be model for how to remain United despite differences.

Samantha Swindler wrote a great column Friday at featuring the Rev. Donna Pritchard, the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Portland, who reflected on her hope for the upcoming General Conference: “I don’t think I have the right to tell a pastor in Zimbabwe, ‘I don’t care if you can be arrested, […]

Historic Sending of Missionaries to be Live Streamed from General Conference

Families, friends, and the church at large can watch via the internet on the morning of May 19 as The United Methodist Church commissions (sends) 29 new missionaries as part of the denomination’s 2016 General Conference, its legislature that meets every four years. Connect by going online to: The General Conference Feed is available […]

United Methodist pastor marries long-time partner in Ohio

Here are a few of the stories around the Internet on Saturday’s marriage ceremony between the Rev. David Meredith and his long-time partner at the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Columbus, OH.