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Editor’s Picks — July 9, 2013

Here are some of the things we’ve been following today, with some questions for discussion: Christian alternative to Boy Scouts plans first convention in Nashville In the wake of the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay participation, a group is announcing the creation of a “Christian” alternative.  Will the creation of […]

Editor’s Picks — July 8, 2013

Here are a few of the stories we’ve been reading at or around the web: Help me understand… Talbot Davis is interested in talking about the teachings of the bible on monogamy as they relate to the same-sex marriage debate. Make sure to read the comments and join in the conversation.  Profile of Florida […]

Editor’s Picks — July 4, 2013

Here are some of the things we’ve been reading this week that related to life in our United Methodist Church: The woman behind Susan L. Oppat at Faith And Leadership profiles Jenee Woodard, the United Methodist woman that more than a few pastors are dependent on in sermon writing these days.  What makes for […]

UMNS Compiles Annual Conference Reports

The United Methodist Reporter has maintained a long and fruitful relationship with our friends at the United Methodist News Service (a division of United Methodist Communications), and we’re pleased to highlight their offerings from time to time. UMNS is compiling a list of reports from annual conferences throughout the world. Click here to check it […]

A Word from the New Editor

Dear friends, On behalf of my partners at CircuitWriter Media LLC, I want to thank you for all the words of encouragement and support regarding the recent news that we would be continuing the tradition and legacy of The United Methodist Reporter. We recognize the seriousness and responsibility of this task, and we ask for […]

UMC facing ‘slow, agonizing, organizational death’

By Maria Dixon Hall, Special Contributor… The other day, in an attempt to get some distance between me and the traumatic event now forever etched in my brain as General Conference 2012, I decided to brave the Texas heat and work on my flowerbeds and ideas for the lawn. Isisas Barrario, my faithful landscape and lawn […]

A view of General Conference, from the ‘muddled middle’

By Elaine Robinson, Special Contributor… Is there anyone who is satisfied with General Conference? I spent much of those 10 days watching, either in person or by live streaming, and I feel as if I was witnessing the rise of a disappointing new dance: The Backslide. Akin to the Moonwalk, it seems to slide endlessly […]

A plea for perspective after disappointment of GC2012

Everybody take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay. As the mushroom cloud surrounding the end of General Conference slowly dissipates, United Methodist leaders across the nation (I don’t presume to speak for those abroad) are in a frenzy of frustration. The delegates are frustrated that, after the failure to adopt a valid restructuring […]

Restructuring effort goes down, General Conference adjourns

Efforts to restructure general agencies of the United Methodist Church came crashing down Friday when the Judicial Council declared unconstitutional Plan UMC, the compromise legislation passed at General Conference. The dramatic decision was announced in the waning hours of General Conference, whose delegates had labored first in committee, then in plenary session, to agree on a […]

Judicial Council wipes out UMC agency restructuring

  The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church this afternoon declared unconstitutional Plan UMC, the compromise effort to restructure church agencies. The dramatic decision was announced at General Conference, where delegates had labored first in committee, then in plenary session, to agree on some way to streamline church agencies and focus them on supporting […]