GCFA board begins preparations for the 2017-2020 quadrennial budget process

Nashville, TN – During the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), board members and staff met with agency general secretaries,  treasurers, and members of the Connectional Table to discuss the budgeting process for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. The joint budget team has been working since last […]

United Methodist justice agency calls Senate immigration bill inadequate

by Wayne Rhodes, Special Contributor* WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church praises the U.S. Senate for its initiative in finally passing a bill to reform immigration laws. Unfortunately, though, the agency believes the legislation passed is not what is needed to truly repair the broken […]

Getting a jump on electing General Conference delegates

Amidst all of the petitions which failed, were never considered at all, or passed but then were overturned by the Judicial Council, at least one new provision in the Book of Discipline that was adopted by the largely “Do-Nothing General Conference” last year, now provides an interesting opportunity to annual conferences across the connection. Originally […]

Ogletree: Change UM church law regarding homosexuality

By Thomas Ogletree, Special Contributor… As a lifelong United Methodist, an ordained elder in the New York Conference, and a scholar specializing in theological and social ethics, I am profoundly grateful for the efforts of Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), their affiliate Methodists in New Directions (MIND), and similar organizations, to foster marriage equality for LGBT […]

UMR Communications, including United Methodist Reporter, to close

Finding no viable plan for reversing financial losses of recent months, UMR Communications will cease operations on May 31. UMR Communications (UMRC) publishes the United Methodist Reporter in print and digital formats and online, and provides printing and communication services to churches and other nonprofits. The final print Reporter will carry the date June 7, […]

UMM leaders, citing negative reaction, ask BSA to hold off on gay policy change

Top leaders of the General Commission on United Methodist Men have written the Boy Scouts of America, citing strong negative response within the denomination to a proposed lifting of the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Gilbert Hanke, top executive of United Methodist Men, and Bishop James E. Swanson Jr., UMM president, wrote Chief […]

Celebrating Lon Morris College: a sermon on Isaiah 51: 1-3

Editor’s Note: The Rev. Ted Campbell preached this sermon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the “final homecoming” for UM-affiliated Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. The venerable two year school filed for bankruptcy last summer after years of deficits, and recently saw its campus auctioned off. Morris, Morris, dear Lon Morris, Surely thou wilt be ever worthy […]

Adam Hamilton’s sermon at today’s National Prayer Service

This is an edited text that the Rev. Adam Hamilton provided the Reporter of the sermon he preached Jan. 22 at the 2013 inaugural prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral. Mr. Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.  “Compassion, Vision and Perseverance: Lessons from Moses”  Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, […]

The challenge of MLK Day

By Bishop Joseph E. Pennell, Jr., Special Contributor… I was a pastor in Memphis, Tenn., when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The morning after he was gunned down I marched with a group of clergy and laity to the office of Mayor Henry Loeb with the hope that he would use his influence to honor […]

Adam Hamilton to preach at Inaugural Prayer Service on Tuesday

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and an author of  popular books on Christian faith, has been chosen to give the sermon at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service on Tuesday. Follow this link to register for the National Cathedral live video streaming of this service:  http://inauguration2013.nationalcathedral.org/wnc/inauguration/ […]