Archives for June 2016

Recently Read: Bid to Divest from All Oil and Gas Companies Fails

By Walter Fenton- A somewhat overlooked, but important message from the 2016 General Conference was the delegates’ decision to reject a petition calling on The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) to divest from all fossil fuels. After vigorous debate, delegates voted nearly two to one against a plan pushed […]

We Can Pray and Grieve, but then We Must Act

A response to the Orlando massacre by The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe June 13, 2016 Lamentation for those who suffer hate and violence Crimes of hate that terrorize any of God’s children are abhorrent and intolerable. This time it is against LGBTQ persons and communities. Persons in the LGBTQ community were targeted because of who […]

Recently Read: North Georgia Annual Conference amends LGBTQ people out of resolution on suicide and homelessness

On Thursday June 9, Shanna Jackson from Grace United Methodist Church in Covington, GA addressed the North Georgia Annual Conference with these vital questions for the church before a vote on the resolution to support an end to suicide and homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning youth. Shanna shared, “In The United Methodist […]

Recently Read: EFUMC LGBTQ Public Statement

In reaction to the outcome of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church 2016, we feel called to be clear about the ministry of Ellensburg United Methodist Church (EUMC). EUMC became a part of the Reconciling Ministries in 1997 not because we had a large number of LGBTQ members, but because we felt it […]

An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe and Harriett Jane Olson An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice June 7, 2016 To the members and leaders of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, The General Conference of The United Methodist Church passed […]

Top 5 Ways To Cope When You Want To Take This Ministry Job And Shove It

By Talbot Davis Ministry is like most occupations. There are times, in the immortal words of Johnny Paycheck, when you want to take this job and shove it. So what do you do when you’re a pastor and Mr. Paycheck is singing to you? For you? Well, as a survivor of a few of those […]

Recently Read: NY Conference approves LGBTQ ministry candidates

Four clergy candidates who came out as gay in an open letter to The United Methodist Church before the 2016 General Conference were among 28 people approved for ministry by the New York Conference. Elyse Ambrose, Bruce Lamb and Lea Matthews were approved for commissioning and Alex da Silva Souto was approved for ordination. A […]

When Commentary Fails

by David Watson   This article was due two weeks ago. I’m not usually late with writing deadlines, but after General Conference, I really didn’t know what to say. Like many people, I had conflicting emotions. I needed time to process.   After two weeks of reflection, I was ready to write. But then forty-nine […]

Momany: The real battle

In The most intense battles we ever fight are the ones within our hearts. We may try to avoid language of conflict, but confrontation is real – perhaps most real in our own person. What values will animate our hearts, our minds, and our actions? During this time of conflict within many church organizations (not […]

South Carolina Conference says no to transgender discrimination

by Jessica Brodie* The South Carolina Annual Conference on June 8 passed a resolution to oppose discrimination against transgender people. Submitted by 19 United Methodist laity and clergy from across the state, the resolution asks the conference to vow, as churches and people of faith, to no longer be silent about the value of each […]