Multimedia: Immigration Rally

A collaborative effort featuring photos from Skyler Nimmons (Indiana Conference), Paul Jeffrey (United Methodist News Service), and audio from UMR managing editor Laura Harbert Allen. “It’s based on the mandate of Christ, to welcome the refugee,” said Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Conference. Today’s rally took place outside the Oregon Convention Center in downtown […]

Sermon Transcript: Bishop Sally Dyck

Editor’s Note: This is the transcript of Bishop Sally Dyck’s sermon as we received it before we preached. 9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10 And as he sat at […]

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball reflects on today’s laity address

I had a chance to catch up with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball today. We worked together for several years, and I’m very familiar with her belief that laity are vital to transforming the church in the 21st century. Take a listen to her reflection on the laity address, and read the full text here. Laura […]

Laity Address Transcript

    LAITY ADDRESS TRANSCRIPT: Friday, May 13, 2016   SCOTT JOHNSON: Good morning! I am Dr. Scott Johnson, I am one of six laity representatives addressing you today from across the global connection. I am the conference lay leader from the Upper New York Annual conference. It is an honor to be one of […]

A Matter of Trust: A series of conversations from The United Methodist Reporter

Note: UMR Managing Editor Laura Harbert Allen will talk with people throughout the 2016 session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The goal of these conversations: to build dialogue and community around the most divisive issues before the 2016 session. Have we lost the ability to talk with each other? Or, more […]

Sexuality debate begins with worship disagreement

  The inclusion of LGBTQI people in the United Methodist Church has already been tested today, just hours before the opening worship service of the 2016 General Conference in Portland OR. The Rev. Vicki Flippin said she was asked to bring a greeting from her context to welcome worshippers to this afternoon’s service at the […]

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