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Dealing with ‘wounded’ United Methodist Church

By Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Special Contributor… Many good things happened at General Conference. They did not necessarily happen through legislative processes though some of the good came through our legislative work. Establishing a global theological education fund to help prepare persons for ministry, our commitment to mission and ministry around the world supported by a […]

No, Bishop Coyner, Judicial Council didn’t do us a favor

By Lonnie Brooks, Special Contributor… Bishop Mike Coyner offered us, in the Reporter, his views on the impact of Judicial Council Decision 1210 that struck down the plan for restructuring the general agencies of the Church.  There might be some way in which I could agree with Bishop Coyner, but I can’t think of one right […]

Q&A: A self-described fanatic for ecumenism

Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr., the senior bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, presides over the East Coast region for the 141-year-old historically African-American denomination. Long before his 2010 appointment to that post, he was known as a scholar and a leader in the Christian ecumenical movement. A former president of the National […]

GC 2012 resolution supports reconstruction work in Haiti

By Linda Unger, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—During its first plenary session on April 30, General Conference 2012 ratified a General Board of Global Ministries resolution urging support for the reconstruction and development of Haiti in the wake of the massive destruction caused by the 2010 earthquake. “In the midst of crisis are opportunities to change the […]

United Methodists join Pan-Methodist covenant

By Rich Peck, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—After several hundred years of separation, members of six Pan-Methodist denominations have committed to ministry together. The United Methodist Church is the last of the denominations to adopt the full communion agreement, which was celebrated May 1 during the 2012 General Conference. The affirmation establishes a new relationship among the […]

Congo family performs at General Conference

By Elliott Wright, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—Four brothers and a sister from the Congo took the United Methodist General Conference to its knees and brought it to its feet as they sang “O Happy Day . . . when Jesus washed my sins away.” The five Kamana children, ranging from 9 to 21 years of age, […]

Looking back, looking forward after GC 2012

By Alan Heath, CEO, UMR Communications… Halfway through the second week of General Conference, I sat down to record my observations as a first-time attendee. I was not a delegate, only a very interested observer with little or no context other than attendance at many Annual Conferences in North Texas. I made some observations at […]

Council of Bishops head recalls journey in ministry

TAMPA, Fla.—Bishop Rosemarie Wenner grew up in a United Methodist congregation so small that she was the only member of her confirmation class. But the 50 or so members of that church in Eppingen, a village in southwestern Germany near the border with France, also made her feel welcome, even though most were the age […]

On repairing broken trust in the UMC

By Ricky Harrison, Special Contributor… The first night of the 2012 General Conference opened with a grand worship service. There were bright lights, cool graphics, beautiful music, abundant prayer shawls and a moving sermon. One of the most moving moments in the service for me was the sight of all of our episcopal leaders, in […]

United Methodist Men salute Scout milestone, give two awards at GC

By Rich Peck, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—The 2012 General Conference marked the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts, one of the youth-serving organizations supported by the Commission on United Methodist Men. It was appropriate for the birthday celebration to be in Tampa because one of the first troops was organized in this city. In 1913, Jessamine […]

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