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In Their Own Words: Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards

  Every day during the lunch break at General Conference, there is a service of Holy Communion, which is presided over by one of our bishops. Following Monday’s service, I had a chance to talk with Taylor Burton-Edwards, who serves as the director of worship resources for Discipleship Ministries. He spoke about the importance of […]

Protest interrupts afternoon plenary

A protest today disrupted business at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland Ore. Soon after Bishop Micheal Coyner called this afternoon’s plenary session to order, shouts were heard in one corner of the hall. A few protesters held a banner emblazoned with the with the hashtag all #BlackLivesMatter,” along with the […]

GC Shorts – Rev. David Meredith announces intention to be openly gay episcopal candidate

As the second week of General Conference begins, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition sponsors a march around the Convention Center and lifts up what would be the first openly gay episcopal candidate in UM history.  Wes Magruder

GC Shorts — An Indigo Girl . . . and Boy

An interview with Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and her father, Don, shortly before they performed at a reception for the General Board of Church and Society at the 2016 General Conference. Wes Magruder

GCFA presents budget to GC2016

Portland, OR — In a positive message that sometimes seemed more like a motivational speech than a financial presentation, Moses Kumar, General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) made the pitch for the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to approve a budget for the ministries of the general church […]

GC2016 rejects Rule 44 after long debate

In the wake of a tense meeting filled with much rancor, the 2012 General Conference of the UMC (meeting in Tampa, FL) directed the Commission on General Conference (CGC) to come up with another means of conferencing. Many felt that the conference long-standing parliamentary procedure based largely on Roberts Rules of Order simply wasn’t working. There […]

A Matter of Trust: A series of conversations from The United Methodist Reporter

Note: UMR Managing Editor Laura Harbert Allen will talk with people throughout the 2016 session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The goal of these conversations: to build dialogue and community around the most divisive issues before the 2016 session. Have we lost the ability to talk with each other? Or, more […]

Sexuality debate begins with worship disagreement

  The inclusion of LGBTQI people in the United Methodist Church has already been tested today, just hours before the opening worship service of the 2016 General Conference in Portland OR. The Rev. Vicki Flippin said she was asked to bring a greeting from her context to welcome worshippers to this afternoon’s service at the […]

Commentary: Scripture and the Christian Moral Life

*by David Watson There’s a lively conversation taking place online about the best ways for Christians to interpret the Bible. In particular, I’ll point out recent posts by Adam Hamilton and Ben Witherington, both of whom are very fine thinkers and committed servants of the church. I’d like to weigh in on this discussion, specifically […]

Board of Pensions responds criticism on divestment

In a press release issued yesterday, The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) reiterated its position on sustainable investment, and released a new video outlining their position which is being shown at gatherings of central conference delegates. Critics had complained about a previous version of the video, and GBPHB stated that they had […]