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General Conference approves $604 million budget

Portland, OR — After a long session of conversation, debate, and even a little laughter, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church passed a budget for the next four years of $604 million. This budget contains for the first time an apportionment for the Central Conferences of the church and includes an additional $5 […]

Recently Read: The divided Methodist Church

This piece from The Atlantic captures the nuances of the debate within The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality. It touches on the global nature of the denomination and the colonialism of Africa by the west, something I’ve heard several delegates mention this week. In a sense, as the piece says, our divide is one […]

Agenda Committee facilitates flow of the General Conference

Portland, OR — It’s 6:30 in the morning and the halls of the Oregon Convention Center are for the most part empty. However, in a downstairs meeting room, every seat at the table is full as the Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone calls the morning meeting of the Committee on Calendar and Agenda to order. Malone, […]

UMReporter Roundtable #9 (5/20/2016)

Better late than never. Charles Harrison and the normal gang talk about Thursday, May 19 at the 2016 General Conference of the UMC

Commentary: A little good news

By Rev. Laura Easto* Eight years ago the United Methodist Church accepted the challenge to eradicate malaria around the world. It was amazing to watch that pledge pour down into congregations! We played basketball to raise money, youth groups went into the ocean in the dead cold of winter to raise money – you know […]

General Conference votes to withdraw from Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

By Jessica Brodie, special contributor PORTLAND, Ore.—General Conference voted May 19 that two United Methodist entities withdraw immediately from membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The motion passed 425-268. The General Board of Church and Society and the United Methodist Women currently are members of the RCRC, a national community of religious organizations […]

UMR Interview: A view from the chair…one bishop’s perspective

The 2004 United Methodist General Conference meeting in Pittsburgh was in turmoil. The conference had seen protests over issues around human sexuality, and the rumors of an impending church split were rampant. Leaders from the conservative and progressive sides of the debate were talking past one another, and there were meetings in hotel rooms in […]

Sent out: Thursday morning worship at General Conference

If worshippers didn’t already know that the world is a tough place for millions of people, they certainly did after hearing the Thursday morning message from Bishop John Yambasu, who serves in the Sierra Leone Episcopal Area.  “It is estimated that one in every hundred people in our world are either on the run or living […]

GC Shorts: A Silent Menace

Editor’s note — There is a time during the General Conference humor takes a strange turn… Watch this video at your own risk … there is a looming danger at General Conference. Editor’s Note: We offer our love and prayers to both Bishop Carter and Bishop Wilke who are both friends of The United Methodist […]

Words from a Bishop: We are all holy and beloved

 Holy. Beloved. Valuable. These are the words Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball wants delegates to remember about themselves as they enter the final days of the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. “I see each person first as a child of God,” she said. “We are gifts to one another.” The bishop shared her […]