Recently Read: Bid to Divest from All Oil and Gas Companies Fails

By Walter Fenton- A somewhat overlooked, but important message from the 2016 General Conference was the delegates’ decision to reject a petition calling on The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) to divest from all fossil fuels. After vigorous debate, delegates voted nearly two to one against a plan pushed […]

Recently Read: North Georgia Annual Conference amends LGBTQ people out of resolution on suicide and homelessness

On Thursday June 9, Shanna Jackson from Grace United Methodist Church in Covington, GA addressed the North Georgia Annual Conference with these vital questions for the church before a vote on the resolution to support an end to suicide and homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning youth. Shanna shared, “In The United Methodist […]

Recently Read: EFUMC LGBTQ Public Statement

In reaction to the outcome of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church 2016, we feel called to be clear about the ministry of Ellensburg United Methodist Church (EUMC). EUMC became a part of the Reconciling Ministries in 1997 not because we had a large number of LGBTQ members, but because we felt it […]

Recently Read: NY Conference approves LGBTQ ministry candidates

Four clergy candidates who came out as gay in an open letter to The United Methodist Church before the 2016 General Conference were among 28 people approved for ministry by the New York Conference. Elyse Ambrose, Bruce Lamb and Lea Matthews were approved for commissioning and Alex da Silva Souto was approved for ordination. A […]

Recently Read: Bishop Palmer discusses future of the UMC

Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area recently gave an extensive interview to the Columbus Dispatch talking about his perceptions of the General Conference, the David Meredith wedding, and the future of the UMC: Q: Is a schism inevitable? A: I don’t think it’s inevitable. We’ve been able to keep more churches in […]

Recently Read: Sinking in the graveyard of procedural stuff

UMR Correspondent Christy Thomas is also posting her personal thoughts on her Patheos blog. Christy expressed her concerns about the current fixation of the General Conference on procedural issues: The Rev. Don Underwood, at his sixth General Conference as delegate and his ninth overall, stated in a morning briefing with the North Texas Conference delegates, […]

Recently Read: An open letter to moderate/centrist delegates to GC2016

Dr. John D. Copenhaver, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy at Shenandoah University and a member of The Clergy Letter Project, published an open letter to moderate and centrist delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference on the Huffington Post today. Copenhaver, a retired United Methodist elder in the Virginia Annual Conference, was […]

Recently Read: United Methodists may be model for how to remain United despite differences.

Samantha Swindler wrote a great column Friday at featuring the Rev. Donna Pritchard, the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Portland, who reflected on her hope for the upcoming General Conference: “I don’t think I have the right to tell a pastor in Zimbabwe, ‘I don’t care if you can be arrested, […]

Recently Read: Why I support Plan UMC Revised

Our sister site, The MethoBlog, has created a new section for featured bloggers at the 2026 General Conference in Portland called GC2016 Conversations, and Dr. Rebekah Miles of the Perkins School of Theology in SMU offered the first post on why she is supporting Plan UMC Revised: Four years ago this week, I joined 566 […]

Recently Read: How to Use Technology in Ministry With Young People

*by Kelly Preston Tech is a touchy subject on which EVERYONE has an opinion. One youth director declares, “All technology is banned from youth group!” Some leaders collect phones and other devices at the door to meetings. Some have a basket or hanging organizer where devices can be parked, away from everyone’s hands and eyes. […]