Recently Read: The divided Methodist Church

This piece from The Atlantic captures the nuances of the debate within The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality. It touches on the global nature of the denomination and the colonialism of Africa by the west, something I’ve heard several delegates mention this week. In a sense, as the piece says, our divide is one […]

Words from a Bishop: We are all holy and beloved

 Holy. Beloved. Valuable. These are the words Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball wants delegates to remember about themselves as they enter the final days of the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. “I see each person first as a child of God,” she said. “We are gifts to one another.” The bishop shared her […]

Council of Bishops recommends way forward

Portland. OR — In a statement this morning to the General Conference 2016 delegates, Bishop Bruce Ough outlined the Council of Bishop’s recommendations for a way forward for The United Methodist Church. The bishops asked delegates to defer any votes on human sexuality to a special commission that would work specifically on those paragraphs in the […]

A Pastoral Response to A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders

Editor’s Note: 24 Bishops signed a pastoral letter Tuesday in support of GLBTQ UM Clergy, who came out last week just before General Conference began in Portland, Ore. The text of the letter follows: We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United […]

Ecumenical Day: UMC in full communion with Moravians, Uniting Church of Sweden

  The General Conference of the United Methodist Church celebrated Ecumenical Day Tuesday by recognizing full communion with the northern and southern provinces of the Moravian Church and the Uniting Church of Sweden. “We have really been in communion for a long time,” said Rev. J. Christian Giesler. Giesler is a bishop in the northern […]

Council of Bishops announce that they are not of one mind

Portland, OR — In a statement today, Bishop Bruce Ough made it clear that there is no plan of separation of the United Methodist Church originating from the Council of Bishops. But while the bishops are taking no specific action, Ough acknowledged that  there have been conversations between the Council of Bishops and leaders of various […]

Bishop Ough to address morning plenary re: split rumors

    10:24 Bishop Ough addresses the plenary session. He shares a personal story of broken heartedness with regard to his brother, who died several years ago of heart disease.  He tells the body that the Council of Bishops have been in conversation with “leading voices from various groups, our conference delegations, and General Conference […]

General Conference adopts constitutional amendments

Portland, OR — The 2016 General Conference adopted two amendments to the constitution of the church in the course of their business today. In both cases, the proposals were adopted by large margins. Gender Justice (60659-IC-¶00-C-G) was amended as follows:  This petition deals specifically with the equality of women with men, and includes this language: “The […]

Protest interrupts afternoon plenary

A protest today disrupted business at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland Ore. Soon after Bishop Micheal Coyner called this afternoon’s plenary session to order, shouts were heard in one corner of the hall. A few protesters held a banner emblazoned with the with the hashtag all #BlackLivesMatter,” along with the […]

General Conference elects members to Judicial Council and The Commission on the General Conference

Delegates to the 2016 General Conference elected members to the denomination’s Judicial Council and the Commission on the General Conference in the second half of today’s morning business session. We’ll add the University Senate results as soon as that vote happens, likely this afternoon. Judicial Council: Lay: Ruben Reyes, Deanell Reece Tacha, Lidia Romao Guele […]