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Statement on Karen Oliveto election from the Good News board

STATEMENT FROM THE GOOD NEWS BOARD Adopted by the board on July 18, 2016 The following statement was adopted by the Good News board following the recent election of a married lesbian as bishop and the actions of nine annual conferences refusing to conform to the Book of Discipline. The United Methodist Church faces a […]

Resolution to Oppose Discrimination Against Transgender People submitted to the South Carolina Annual Conference 2016

The following resolution was adopted by the South Carolina Annual Conference on June 8, 2016. WHEREAS, Paragraph 162 of the Book of Discipline states:“We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights […]

Underwood report to the North Texas Annual Conference on the 2016 General Conference

The following was shared by the Rev. Don Underwood to the North Texas Annual Conference meeting in Plano, TX on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 During the first eight days of General Conference, a remarkable and highly confidential conversation was taking place in a private room at the Portland Convention Center. My involvement in that conversation […]

Council of Bishops statement to the 2016 General Conference

AN OFFERING FOR A WAY FORWARD presented by Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops Galatians 3:25-29 (NRSV) 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed […]

Transcript: Statement by Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops (May 17, 2016)

I begin with a brief autobiographical story. On Christmas Eve, 1973, my family and I returned home from Christmas Eve worship to find my 20-year-old brother, who had remained home with a cold, having a heart attack. He was stabilized at our local hospital. A few days later he was flown by air ambulance to […]

Transcript of Sermon for May 16, 2016: Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Appropriate Attire Required Matthew 22:1-14 May 16, 2016 Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey The wedding planning had gone without a hitch. Mr. and Mrs. King had hired the best wedding planner in the land. The save the date cards had gone out 6 months in advance just as was the custom and the formal, hand engraved […]

Sermon Transcript – Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (Saturday, May 14, 2016)

Editor’s Note: The following transcript is what was submitted by Bishop Devadhar prior to actually preaching the sermon. What he actually said may differ from the following text.  Listening to God’s Dream Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Resident Bishop New England Conference (Boston Episcopal Area) Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: I greet […]

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 […]

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 […]

Text of the 2016 Episcopal Address by Bishop Gregory Palmer

EPISCOPAL ADDRESS Presentation Date: Wed. May 11, 8:30-9:15am Bishop Gregory Palmer Let us pray: Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease; take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace. Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm; let sense be dumb, let flesh […]