Bishop Jones issues statement on Cynthia Meyer complaint

Wichita, KS — Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Episcopal Area has issued a statement regarding the status of the complaint and investigation regarding the Rev. Cynthia Meyer, who openly admitted being in a committed relationship with another woman to her congregation in January. Jones said that the Bishop’s Way Forward proposal does nothing […]

UM Bishops meet after General Conference

Portland, Oregon — The United Methodist Council of Bishops met on May 21 following the close of General Conference for worship and prayer for the ongoing unity of The United Methodist Church.

Bishops issue post-General Conference letter to the church

Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20.

African Methodists worry about the church that brought them Christianity

by Emily McFarland Miller* PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) — The Rev. Jerry Kulah has nothing but gratitude for American Methodists. In 1833, they sent their first missionary to his country, Liberia, which was founded for freed American slaves. Melville B. Cox died four months after he arrived in Africa, but the missionary’s legacy lives on in the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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