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 […]

Baltimore-Washington BOM recommends married lesbian for commissioning

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, meeting last month, recommended Tara “T.C.” Morrow for commissioning as a Provisional Deacon. Morrow is a woman married to another woman. The Board is making public what is normally a confidential personnel matter in an effort to be as transparent and open as possible, according to […]

Commentary: This is not okay. UM Pension Board video crosses the line

Editor’s Note: The General Board of Pensions & Health Benefits removed the original video mentioned in this commentary and replaced with the video below. Please be aware of this as you read this article.  By Rev. Jenny Phillips The United Methodist pension board is showing a new video at delegate briefings outside the US that […]

Gearing up for General Conference

If you follow The United Methodist Reporter these days, you have probably figured out that we have our good days and our bad days. There are times when we will have a flurry of content with stories that capture the interest of many. There are also other days (and even weeks) when not much is posted. The […]

United Methodist pastors, leaders ahead of the tech game

Nashville, TN —United Methodist pastors and church leaders match or exceed the average U.S. technology adoption rates, according to new research from United Methodist Communications. “The purpose of the United Methodist Emerging Technology Survey was to assess penetration of new types of digital communication within the church to aid agency communications and messaging,” said Dan […]

General Conference to consider rule change to facilitate a process for Christian conferencing

Portland, OR  –  Participants at the 2016 Pre-General Conference Briefing got a hands-on look at a new proposed small group process for Christian conferencing, proposed for use by the Commission on General Conference for the 2016 General Conference. The General Conference, the top-level legislative body of the church involving delegates from throughout the world will […]

Intelligent design group accuses UMC leaders of censorship

The Discovery Institute, a group created to promote the theory of intelligent design in society, released a press release earlier this week accusing UMC officials of being “closed minded and intolerant” in their decision to disallow the group to sponsor a table at the 2016 General Conference to be held in May in Portland, OR. […]

United Methodist leaders gather in Portland to prepare for General Conference 2016

PORTLAND, OR — General Conference delegation chairs, annual conference communicators, and directors of connectional ministries have gathered today at the Oregon Convention Center to receive information and build relationships in preparation for May’s United Methodist General Conference. The Pre-General Conference briefing, sponsored by United Methodist Communications, brings church leaders together every 4 years to hear […]

The UMR Interview — Rev. Cynthia Meyer

This past January 3, the Rev. Cynthia Meyer stood in the pulpit of the Edgerton United Methodist Church ready to share a word with her congregation. It was the Sunday when the church celebrated the Epiphany, the revelation of God to the world traditionally associated with the visit of the magi, that is, strangers from […]

Bishop William Morris dead at 79

Bishop William Wesley Morris, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, died this morning. He was 79 years old. Bishop Morris’s death was announced Thursday by the Tennessee Annual Conference, noting that Morris was in his home when he died. William Wesley Morris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore school […]