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Supreme Court strikes down abortion restrictions

By Richard Wolf WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court delivered its most significant ruling on abortion in a generation Monday (June 27), striking down restrictions on Texas clinics and doctors that threatened to make the procedure more difficult for women to access. The divided court, acting on the last day of a term in which it […]

On the DACA/DAPA Supreme Court decision

“Separating children from their parents is immoral and is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and The United Methodist Church.” – The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry Crowe and Bishop Elias Galvan A statement on the June 23, 2016 decision by the Supreme Court: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States – in a […]

Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization

United Methodist Council of Bishops FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 Washington, D.C.: The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision and provide for a more efficient and collaborative team environment. The plan would more fully integrate the […]

Finding peace from conflict, post-Soweto

By Linda Bloom South African and ecumenical church leaders marked the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising with a consultation designed to assist those in today’s conflict or post-conflict countries. The June 8-11 event, “Peace-Building and Reconciliation Consultation: The Place of the Church” was organized by the World Council of Churches and the South African […]

An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe and Harriett Jane Olson An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice June 7, 2016 To the members and leaders of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, The General Conference of The United Methodist Church passed […]

South Carolina Conference says no to transgender discrimination

by Jessica Brodie* The South Carolina Annual Conference on June 8 passed a resolution to oppose discrimination against transgender people. Submitted by 19 United Methodist laity and clergy from across the state, the resolution asks the conference to vow, as churches and people of faith, to no longer be silent about the value of each […]

The story behind the story of “A Way Forward”

Plano, TX — The first 8 days of the 2016 General Conference were dismal, said Tim Crouch, the leader of the North Texas Annual Conference delegation. Crouch was making a report to the North Texas Annual Conference gathering, meeting this week in Plano, TX, about what happened in Portland in May. From his perspective, it […]

Bishop Hagiya suggests that change is coming to the UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area has written a pastoral letter to the people of his area thanking them for their work in hosting the Portland General Conference, and reflecting on the actions of that conference. For many, this was a tough General Conference to experience, but no more difficult than in […]

Bishop Lowry states no moratorium in Central Texas

Bishop J. Michael Lowry of the Ft. Worth Episcopal Area told the clergy of the Central Texas Annual Conference today that any thoughts of a moratorium on complaints and charges for conducting same-sex weddings was a mistaken interpretation of the Council of Bishops “Offering a Way Forward” proposal adopted by the 2016 General Conference, and […]

Great Plains conference calls for reconciliation and bishop responds

Bishop Scott Jones released a letter today to the clergy and lay members of the Great Plains Annual Conference responding to the resolution passed by that conference this past weekend asking the legal counsels in the Cynthia Meyer case to ask Bishop Jones to seek all possible solutions through a Just Resolution process as outlined […]