Archives for June 2016

Resolution to Oppose Discrimination Against Transgender People submitted to the South Carolina Annual Conference 2016

The following resolution was adopted by the South Carolina Annual Conference on June 8, 2016. WHEREAS, Paragraph 162 of the Book of Discipline states:“We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights […]

The story behind the story of “A Way Forward”

Plano, TX — The first 8 days of the 2016 General Conference were dismal, said Tim Crouch, the leader of the North Texas Annual Conference delegation. Crouch was making a report to the North Texas Annual Conference gathering, meeting this week in Plano, TX, about what happened in Portland in May. From his perspective, it […]

Underwood report to the North Texas Annual Conference on the 2016 General Conference

The following was shared by the Rev. Don Underwood to the North Texas Annual Conference meeting in Plano, TX on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 During the first eight days of General Conference, a remarkable and highly confidential conversation was taking place in a private room at the Portland Convention Center. My involvement in that conversation […]

Bishop Hagiya suggests that change is coming to the UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area has written a pastoral letter to the people of his area thanking them for their work in hosting the Portland General Conference, and reflecting on the actions of that conference. For many, this was a tough General Conference to experience, but no more difficult than in […]

Bishop Lowry states no moratorium in Central Texas

Bishop J. Michael Lowry of the Ft. Worth Episcopal Area told the clergy of the Central Texas Annual Conference today that any thoughts of a moratorium on complaints and charges for conducting same-sex weddings was a mistaken interpretation of the Council of Bishops “Offering a Way Forward” proposal adopted by the 2016 General Conference, and […]

Great Plains conference calls for reconciliation and bishop responds

Bishop Scott Jones released a letter today to the clergy and lay members of the Great Plains Annual Conference responding to the resolution passed by that conference this past weekend asking the legal counsels in the Cynthia Meyer case to ask Bishop Jones to seek all possible solutions through a Just Resolution process as outlined […]

Recently Read: Bishop Palmer discusses future of the UMC

Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area recently gave an extensive interview to the Columbus Dispatch talking about his perceptions of the General Conference, the David Meredith wedding, and the future of the UMC: Q: Is a schism inevitable? A: I don’t think it’s inevitable. We’ve been able to keep more churches in […]

Commentary: Jesus and the United Methodist system

by Richard Peck* As we enter the season of electing bishops, it’s interesting to compare our system with the selection system employed by Jesus. The alarming thing about Jesus is that he had no management training. His sloppy administrative style is most evident in this recruitment practices. He apparently had no guidelines for selecting disciples. […]

Commentary: Bishops, prepare two envelopes…

by Bob Phillips* General Conference 2016 is over. Fearing a media feeding frenzy over sex, the Council of Bishops answered the plea to start leading on this issue. They created a proposal the conference accepted. Sex was taken off the table and dropped into the bishops’ collective laps to formulate a way through the morass. […]

Baltimore-Washington clergy vote not to commission deacon

Clergy members of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, meeting June 1 in an Executive Session, did not approve Tara “T.C.” Morrow for commissioning as a Deacon in The United Methodist Church. Morrow failed to receive the two-thirds of the vote needed to be approved. Morrow, who is woman married to another woman, became a litmus test […]