Aley UMC, North Texas Annual Conference, opens its doors to same-gender weddings

by Christy Thomas When Rev. Eston Williams’ millennial daughters told him they did not want to be a part of an excluding church, he felt the time had come for him to make a public stand, one fully consistent with his theology and his understanding of the nature of God. He knew the cost. Williams […]

Northaven UMC takes historic vote to celebrate same-sex weddings

by Christy Thomas “I cried in church today. I cried because something deep within me felt like my church is standing with me, taking risks for me. They told me that I wasn’t disposable.” This statement was made by Cody McMahan, a member of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The Rev. Eric Folkerth […]

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 […]

Sent out: Thursday morning worship at General Conference

If worshippers didn’t already know that the world is a tough place for millions of people, they certainly did after hearing the Thursday morning message from Bishop John Yambasu, who serves in the Sierra Leone Episcopal Area.  “It is estimated that one in every hundred people in our world are either on the run or living […]

Commentary: A primer on Central Conferences

The first week of General Conference made one thing clear: there will be no softening of the Book of Discipline’s language regarding human sexuality. Again. A quick recap here. Many United Methodists identify as centrists regarding their stance on theological and sexuality issues. Kind of a “live and let live approach,” that offers a wide […]

Could this be the banquet of grace? Opening worship, Monday May 16

“Could this be the banquet filled with the things that really matter?” That was the question that Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Episcopal Area asked the participants at the 2016 UM General Conference in Portland during opening worship this morning. She then unpacked the rhetorical question with a list of concrete things that […]

Good News briefs delegates at breakfast gatherings

Portland, OR — Good News, an evangelical witness organization within The United Methodist Church, has continued their tradition from past General Conferences of sponsoring an early morning briefing breakfast on seven of the ten days of the conference. Held this year in the ballroom of the Crown Plaza hotel in downtown Portland, attendees hear from […]

A report from Church and Society B

Editor’s note: The legislative committee process was completed last night, and so things may have changed  a bit since UMR Correspondent Christy Thomas spoke with Richard Hearne, a lay member of the North Texas Conference delegation. This is Hearne’s 4th consecutive conference at which he is a delegate. We share the following interview to give […]

Commentary: The GC legislative process explained. Kind of.

“I am with the press and wish to observe this committee.” So I told the man standing at the door of one of the 12 different legislative committees meeting simultaneously. “I’m sorry, the observation space room is full. I can’t let you in until someone comes out.” Fair enough. All meetings must be open to […]

Bishop Devadhar: Listen for wisdom in unexpected places

Light and darkness. African beat and liturgical dance. Hopeful listening and wise advice. These were the elements worshippers found in worship Saturday morning at General Conference in Portland Ore. The Tamba Marimba Ensemble offered the beat.  The strains of “star of wonder, star of light” teased the ear in the darkened room illuminated only by […]