Judicial Council rules against mandatory penalties in Just Resolutions

Portland, OR — The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church released Decision No. 1318 today, ruling that bishops cannot be mandated to levy a mandatory penalty against clergy using the Just Resolution process to address judicial complaints. The Judicial Council was responding to a request from the Judicial Administration Committee of the UM General Conference […]

General Conference adopts Bishops’ proposal after contentious debate

In what can only be called a contentious debate, the 2016 General Conference eventually adopted the Council of Bishops “Offering a Way Forward” proposal during the first-afternoon session today.  The session began with the rejection of an original motion offered by the Rev. Adam Hamilton and was marred with accusations that the presiding bishop, William […]

What’s up today at GC2016? Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It’s another day at General Conference, and there will be a lot happening. Here are some highlights for today: Morning Session #1 (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.) Bishop John Hopkins, presiding Administrative Committee reports Imagine No Malaria report Calendar Items Possible report back from the Council of Bishops Morning Session #2 (10:20 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) Bishop […]

UMReporter Roundtable — Episode 006 (5/16/2016)

Laura Allen and her band of merry MethoNerds pontificate on the days happenings at the 2016 General Conference of the UMC meeting in Portland, OR Tonight’s panel: Christy Thomas, Jay Voorhes, and Ben Hanne Jay Voorhees The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for […]

Commentary: Rumors . . . truth or fiction?

Don’t be distracted or frightened by the rumors you hear in the land. Sometimes you hear one thing and another time something else: rumors of violence and uprisings. –Jeremiah 51:46  (CEB)– I have been hearing rumors about stuff happening at General Conference for a long time. After attending a General Conference or two one gets […]

GC 2016 creates new focus on global health and works on translation issues

Portland, OR (May 16, 2016) — The 2016 General Conference passed several items in their final session of business today, including creating a new program focus on global health for the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). Charles Boayue, chair of the Global Ministries legislative committee brought forth a proposal unanimously adopted by the committee to […]

GC2016 deals with Central Conference matters

Portland, OR —  After spending the bulk of plenary time dealing with process concerns, motions from the floor, and election of officers, the 2016 United Methodist General Conference finally got down to business and began considering legislative calendar items during their first post-lunch session. First to be considered this afternoon were legislative items brought forth […]

What’s happening at GC2016 today? Monday, May 16, 2016

Here is an overview of what’s on the agenda today for the 2016 General Conference: Morning Session #1 — Bishop Larry Goodpaster, presiding Administrative Committee Reports Consent Calendars Four Areas of Focus Report (15 min.) Vital Congregations moment (5 min.) Legislative Calendar items (if time) Break Morning Session #2 — Bishop Elaine Stenovsky, presiding Voting demonstration […]

Commentary: Where are the youth?

By Amanda Tobey* 0.23%. That is percentage of youth voting delegates on the floor of General Conference this year. It is commonly understood that youth and young adults are hugely underrepresented on a global level in the United Methodist Church. A question that commonly gets posed is, “How can we get more youth to come […]

They did what? GC2016 business for May 14, 2016

Portland, OR — This morning’s plenary of the 2016 General Conference saw the first of the official legislative actions by the full General Conference through the passage of several “consent calendars.” Consent Calendars contain items that were approved in a legislative committee by 90% or more of the voting members. The consent calendars are then voted […]