Archives for May 2016

GC Shorts: A Silent Menace

Editor’s note — There is a time during the General Conference humor takes a strange turn… Watch this video at your own risk … there is a looming danger at General Conference. Editor’s Note: We offer our love and prayers to both Bishop Carter and Bishop Wilke who are both friends of The United Methodist […]

Words from a Bishop: We are all holy and beloved

 Holy. Beloved. Valuable. These are the words Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball wants delegates to remember about themselves as they enter the final days of the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. “I see each person first as a child of God,” she said. “We are gifts to one another.” The bishop shared her […]

UMReporter Roundtable — Episode 008 (5/18/2016)

A bunch of MethoNerds talking about the events of the 2016 UM General Conference in Portland, OR

Judicial Council rules against mandatory penalties in Just Resolutions

Portland, OR — The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church released Decision No. 1318 today, ruling that bishops cannot be mandated to levy a mandatory penalty against clergy using the Just Resolution process to address judicial complaints. The Judicial Council was responding to a request from the Judicial Administration Committee of the UM General Conference […]

General Conference adopts Bishops’ proposal after contentious debate

In what can only be called a contentious debate, the 2016 General Conference eventually adopted the Council of Bishops “Offering a Way Forward” proposal during the first-afternoon session today.  The session began with the rejection of an original motion offered by the Rev. Adam Hamilton and was marred with accusations that the presiding bishop, William […]

GC Shorts — Silent Protest

The day began with a number of coordinated silent protests by and for LGBT clergy who say they have been silenced by the church. Wes Magruder

Council of Bishops recommends way forward

Portland. OR — In a statement this morning to the General Conference 2016 delegates, Bishop Bruce Ough outlined the Council of Bishop’s recommendations for a way forward for The United Methodist Church. The bishops asked delegates to defer any votes on human sexuality to a special commission that would work specifically on those paragraphs in the […]

Council of Bishops statement to the 2016 General Conference

AN OFFERING FOR A WAY FORWARD presented by Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops Galatians 3:25-29 (NRSV) 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed […]

What’s up today at GC2016? Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It’s another day at General Conference, and there will be a lot happening. Here are some highlights for today: Morning Session #1 (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.) Bishop John Hopkins, presiding Administrative Committee reports Imagine No Malaria report Calendar Items Possible report back from the Council of Bishops Morning Session #2 (10:20 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) Bishop […]

GC Shorts — Confirmation is cool again

Sparkhouse unveils a new confirmation curriculum in the Exhibit Hall. Wes Magruder