Jay Voorhees, Former Executive Editor

About Jay Voorhees, Former Executive Editor

The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC which operates this site and MethoBlog.com. Jay is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Jay has written on life and the practice of faith in The United Methodist Church at Only Wonder Understands since 2003.

Commentary: Wait . . . or maybe not

The last days of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon were filled with all sorts of emotions — with some feeling joy over the breadth of our common ministry, but others (both “progressive” and “traditionalist”) having a sense of unease that the General Conference had not definitively addressed issues around human sexuality. Instead, breaking past […]

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 […]

Editor’s Notes: Recovering from General Conference

The good news is that there are many great folks who have been writing in the wake of General Conference, wading through what WAS done and helping us to understand that in fact many things DID happen — both good and bad (depending on your perspective). Here are a few of the articles that have been in my sight as I recover from General Conference 2016 (click on the titles to read):

Bishop Jones issues statement on Cynthia Meyer complaint

Wichita, KS — Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area has issued a statement regarding the status of the complaint and investigation regarding the Rev. Cynthia Meyer, who openly admitted being in a committed relationship with another woman to her congregation in January. Jones said that the Bishop’s Way Forward proposal does nothing […]

Commentary: Goodnight Portland…

“The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” So said Texas Tech sports information director Ralph Carpenter in the final moments of the Southwest Conference tournament finals as the Aggies were heading towards a tie. Well, I think the lady was height/weight proportional, but someone definitely sang to close out  the 2016 General Conference […]

Recently Read: Judicial Council rules on question of authority

Linda Bloom, the Judicial Council reporter for the United Methodist News Service, writes about the Judicial Council’s latest ruling on the request from Jeremy Troxler to examine the possible conflict between ¶16 and ¶33 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.  In response to a request for review from General Conference 2016, the United Methodist Judicial Council has […]

General Conference approves $604 million budget

Portland, OR — After a long session of conversation, debate, and even a little laughter, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church passed a budget for the next four years of $604 million. This budget contains for the first time an apportionment for the Central Conferences of the church and includes an additional $5 […]

Agenda Committee facilitates flow of the General Conference

Portland, OR — It’s 6:30 in the morning and the halls of the Oregon Convention Center are for the most part empty. However, in a downstairs meeting room, every seat at the table is full as the Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone calls the morning meeting of the Committee on Calendar and Agenda to order. Malone, […]

UMR Interview: A view from the chair…one bishop’s perspective

The 2004 United Methodist General Conference meeting in Pittsburgh was in turmoil. The conference had seen protests over issues around human sexuality, and the rumors of an impending church split were rampant. Leaders from the conservative and progressive sides of the debate were talking past one another, and there were meetings in hotel rooms in […]