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 […]

UMReporter Roundtable — Episode 10 (May 20, 2016)

It’s the final episode of the Portland saga as our merry MethoNerds talk about the final day of the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. Today’s show is hosted by Jay Voorhees and he’s joined by Ricky Harrison, Charles Harrison, and Christy Thomas. Today’s sponsor: Central Methodist University

UMReporter Roundtable #9 (5/20/2016)

Better late than never. Charles Harrison and the normal gang talk about Thursday, May 19 at the 2016 General Conference of the UMC

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

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

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 […]

UMReporter Roundtable — Episode 7 (5/17/2016)

Laura Allen, Wes Magruder, Christy Thomas, and Jay Voorhees talk about the day’s events at the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. Today they talk about Bishop Bruce Ough’s statement of response to social media rumors about a Council of Bishops plan to split the church.

Transcript: Statement by Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops (May 17, 2016)

I begin with a brief autobiographical story. On Christmas Eve, 1973, my family and I returned home from Christmas Eve worship to find my 20-year-old brother, who had remained home with a cold, having a heart attack. He was stabilized at our local hospital. A few days later he was flown by air ambulance to […]

Transcript of Sermon for May 16, 2016: Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Appropriate Attire Required Matthew 22:1-14 May 16, 2016 Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey The wedding planning had gone without a hitch. Mr. and Mrs. King had hired the best wedding planner in the land. The save the date cards had gone out 6 months in advance just as was the custom and the formal, hand engraved […]

UMReporter Roundtable — Episode 005 (5/14/2016)

Jay Voorhees hosts tonight and is joined by Wes Magruder, Christy Thomas, and Ricky Harrison. As General Conference will be off on Sunday, we will not be doing a podcast tomorrow night, and will pick up on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Sermon Transcript – Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (Saturday, May 14, 2016)

Editor’s Note: The following transcript is what was submitted by Bishop Devadhar prior to actually preaching the sermon. What he actually said may differ from the following text.  Listening to God’s Dream Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Resident Bishop New England Conference (Boston Episcopal Area) Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: I greet […]