Archives for May 2016

Commentary: It’s time for the US church to become a central/regional conference.

*By Dr. Tim Bruster One of the proposals coming to the General Conference next month would create a Central Conference for the United States (CCUS). Every worldwide nature of the church study for the last six quadrennia has made a recommendation to create a central conference or regional conference for the US to deal with […]

Blest Be The Tie That Binds

*by Bishop Scott Jones During the last four months, I have had multiple invitations to break my vows. Many people have suggested that, in the name of protesting against perceived injustice, I should disobey the discipline of The United Methodist Church and violate the sacred promises I have made at two key points in my […]

Recently Viewed: Message To General Conference Delegates

This is from Rev. Eric Folkerth pastor of Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Friends: An important video, for General Conference Delegates. If you are one please watch. If you know one, please share. It addresses why we must address LGBTQ issues directly, and not rely on “restructure” or reframing.” ~ Eric         […]

Recently Read: “All the words of the scroll…” A Eulogy for Daniel Berrigan by Ched Myers

Yesterday, April 3o, 2016, Daniel Berrigan passed into the Cloud of Witnesses, just shy of his 95th birthday. I am grateful he’s been liberated from the physical pain and restrictions he’s suffered these last years, but I also feel a profound lonliness at the loss of the last of a generation of my male mentors. […]

A Response to Same-sex Marriages

Editor’s Note: Scott was asked to write an opinion piece after some recent comments on another published piece by UMR.  We think it is important to highlight the diversity of opinion in the UMC.  We always welcome well-written thoughtful submissions. Thank you Scott.   by Scott Fritzsche Another same-sex marriage took place in The United […]

UM pastor runs to General Conference for orphans

When the delegates and attendees arrive in Portland, OR next week to attend the 2016 United Methodist General Conference they will have come from all over the world, with many long journeys over great distances. However for one General Conference attendee the journey has been even longer and more personal as he carried out his goal […]

Recently Read: Call to declare “We Are!” An open letter to the people of The United Methodist Church

An open letter to the people of The United Methodist Church We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer clergy and candidates in the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The New York Conference has spoken out for decades against our denomination’s prejudice and exclusion of LGBTQI people. As a conference, we are […]