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Northaven UMC takes historic vote to celebrate same-sex weddings

by Christy Thomas “I cried in church today. I cried because something deep within me felt like my church is standing with me, taking risks for me. They told me that I wasn’t disposable.” This statement was made by Cody McMahan, a member of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The Rev. Eric Folkerth […]

Methodists Nominate 3 Openly Gay Candidates for Bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller At its quadrennial meeting last month, the United Methodist Church decided not to take up contentious LGBT issues. But that’s not stopping its regional conferences from making decisions on their own. Two U.S. jurisdictions will consider three openly gay candidates for bishop next month. The Rev. Karen Oliveto, the Rev. Frank […]

How Did We Get Here?

by Jeff Greenway “This is what the Lord says: ‘STAND at the crossroads and LOOK; ASK for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and WALK in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, “We will not walk in it.” I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen […]

Three Ways how Oregon-Idaho Responded to General Conference

by Rev. Jeremy Smith Three legislative items passed the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church at their annual meeting in mid-June 2016 that together cast a vision for the future of United Methodism. Affirmed Ordained Ministry for All Persons At the start of the week, the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry shared a statement […]

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: 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 […]

An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe and Harriett Jane Olson An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice June 7, 2016 To the members and leaders of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, The General Conference of The United Methodist Church passed […]

The story behind the story of “A Way Forward”

Plano, TX — The first 8 days of the 2016 General Conference were dismal, said Tim Crouch, the leader of the North Texas Annual Conference delegation. Crouch was making a report to the North Texas Annual Conference gathering, meeting this week in Plano, TX, about what happened in Portland in May. From his perspective, it […]

Bishop Hagiya suggests that change is coming to the UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area has written a pastoral letter to the people of his area thanking them for their work in hosting the Portland General Conference, and reflecting on the actions of that conference. For many, this was a tough General Conference to experience, but no more difficult than in […]

Bishop Lowry states no moratorium in Central Texas

Bishop J. Michael Lowry of the Ft. Worth Episcopal Area told the clergy of the Central Texas Annual Conference today that any thoughts of a moratorium on complaints and charges for conducting same-sex weddings was a mistaken interpretation of the Council of Bishops “Offering a Way Forward” proposal adopted by the 2016 General Conference, and […]