Archives for May 2016

A Statement from the Evangelical Fellowship of West Ohio Regarding Acts of Ecclesial Dis-Obedience

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM, Rev. David Meredith, an elder in full-connection in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, was married to his long-time partner, Jim Schlachter, in a ceremony at the Broad Street United Methodist Church. You can read a Columbus Dispatch report of the ceremony here. Letters […]

GC2016 Executive Committee changes Rule 44 recommendation

Nashville, TN – The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has narrowed the list of petitions that they are recommending be handled through an alternative discernment process – dubbed Rule 44 – from 101 to 56. Rule 44 is designed to provide a safe space in which all delegates can contribute to the […]

Commentary: The hitchhiker’s guide to General Conference

  It’s the day before I leave for what will be my 7th General Conference (of the last 8) which means of course that it’s a day of preparation. The day will be spent packing, running errands, and making sure that everything is taken care of for a two week absence. I know I’m not […]

Religion News Service: Methodist General Conference to discuss LGBT issues — again

CHICAGO (RNS) “It’s time,” said the Rev. A. Wendy Witt during Sunday services at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. Time to open the doors of the church to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, that is. First United Methodist is one of the more than 750 congregations within the United Methodist Church […]

Press Release: John Wells to head GBHEM Division of Higher Ed.

NASHVILLE, TN – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) today announced the selection of John W. Wells, Ph.D., as associate general secretary of the Division of Higher Education. Wells will begin his employment with GBHEM on July 1, 2016. Wells currently serves as the executive vice-president and chief academic officer at Mars Hill […]

Haynes: Who says Elephants can’t dance?

Of course, the divisive issue that we face now is whether to change the language of the Book of Discipline as related to homosexuality. In many local churches divisions over our acceptance or rejection of homosexuals could become a crippling blow. The General Conference’s discernment on the issue of sexuality has serious implications for our continued life together.

Commentary: Scripture and the Christian Moral Life

*by David Watson There’s a lively conversation taking place online about the best ways for Christians to interpret the Bible. In particular, I’ll point out recent posts by Adam Hamilton and Ben Witherington, both of whom are very fine thinkers and committed servants of the church. I’d like to weigh in on this discussion, specifically […]

Recently Read: Why I support Plan UMC Revised

Our sister site, The MethoBlog, has created a new section for featured bloggers at the 2026 General Conference in Portland called GC2016 Conversations, and Dr. Rebekah Miles of the Perkins School of Theology in SMU offered the first post on why she is supporting Plan UMC Revised: Four years ago this week, I joined 566 […]

Recently Read: How to Use Technology in Ministry With Young People

*by Kelly Preston Tech is a touchy subject on which EVERYONE has an opinion. One youth director declares, “All technology is banned from youth group!” Some leaders collect phones and other devices at the door to meetings. Some have a basket or hanging organizer where devices can be parked, away from everyone’s hands and eyes. […]

Recently Read: Ugandans join push for bishop accountability

Three United Methodists say their bishop is using the Ugandan legal system to silence their calls for accountability. They also are urging the 2016 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, to approve proposed legislation to increase bishops’ accountability — especially on financial matters. East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula, whose office is based in […]