GCFA presents budget to GC2016

Portland, OR — In a positive message that sometimes seemed more like a motivational speech than a financial presentation, Moses Kumar, General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) made the pitch for the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to approve a budget for the ministries of the general church […]

Commentary: And are we yet alive?

Over the past couple of days we’ve spent some time ruminating on the continued lack of trust present at the 2016 General Conference. Of course, this lack of trust isn’t new. In fact, some have argued that Portland delegates have simply picked up where the Tampa delegates left off. The major issues are the same — […]

GC2016 rejects Rule 44 after long debate

In the wake of a tense meeting filled with much rancor, the 2012 General Conference of the UMC (meeting in Tampa, FL) directed the Commission on General Conference (CGC) to come up with another means of conferencing. Many felt that the conference long-standing parliamentary procedure based largely on Roberts Rules of Order simply wasn’t working. There […]

News Analysis: Ruminating on Rules

The Plan of Organization and Rules of Order as adopted at the opening session shall be published in the next Daily Christian Advocate.  -The Rules of the 2016 General Conference as adopted on 5/10/2016  It seems that simple, doesn’t it? The General Conference comes together and after a little conversation adopts an organizational plan and […]

MFSA releases statement on worship controversy

PORTLAND, OR –  The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) released a statement this afternoon on the decision of the General Conference 2016 worship team to remove mention of sexual orientation and gender identity in her remark’s as a part of the opening worship service today. Rev. Flippin chose to not participate in the worship […]

Rules debate today will be an early sign of the GC2016 attitudes

The United Methodist General Conference meeting in Portland, OR will start today at 2 p.m. with a glorious service of worship, full of the splendor the God’s relationship with the church. But it’s what will happen this evening that will offer some early signs of the tenor of the meeting for the next two weeks. Following […]

Good News responds to clergy coming out letter

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, Vice President and General Manager of Good News, an organization that has advocated for the retention of the current United Methodist teaching on homosexuality, released a statement this afternoon in response to the letter from 111 UM clergy identifying themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). “Unfortunately, the […]

More than 100 clergy come out in the lead up to General Conference

In a continuation of actions leading up to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, the Reconciling Ministries Network released a letter today from 111 United Methodist Clergy who self identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) in opposition to the United Methodist current teaching which says that self-avowed, practicing homosexuals are not allowed as ministers. […]

United Methodist pastor marries long-time partner in Ohio

Here are a few of the stories around the Internet on Saturday’s marriage ceremony between the Rev. David Meredith and his long-time partner at the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Columbus, OH.

Commentary: The hitchhiker’s guide to General Conference

  It’s the day before I leave for what will be my 7th General Conference (of the last 8) which means of course that it’s a day of preparation. The day will be spent packing, running errands, and making sure that everything is taken care of for a two week absence. I know I’m not […]