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Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist Reporter have found interesting from other sites and wanted to share with our readers. The editors do not necessarily endorse the opinions shared in these stories, and referral here should not imply endorsement of that content.

Recently Read: North Georgia Annual Conference amends LGBTQ people out of resolution on suicide and homelessness

On Thursday June 9, Shanna Jackson from Grace United Methodist Church in Covington, GA addressed the North Georgia Annual Conference with these vital questions for the church before a vote on the resolution to support an end to suicide and homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning youth. Shanna shared, “In The United Methodist […]

Recently Read: EFUMC LGBTQ Public Statement

In reaction to the outcome of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church 2016, we feel called to be clear about the ministry of Ellensburg United Methodist Church (EUMC). EUMC became a part of the Reconciling Ministries in 1997 not because we had a large number of LGBTQ members, but because we felt it […]

Recently Read: NY Conference approves LGBTQ ministry candidates

Four clergy candidates who came out as gay in an open letter to The United Methodist Church before the 2016 General Conference were among 28 people approved for ministry by the New York Conference. Elyse Ambrose, Bruce Lamb and Lea Matthews were approved for commissioning and Alex da Silva Souto was approved for ordination. A […]

Recently Read: Bishop Palmer discusses future of the UMC

Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area recently gave an extensive interview to the Columbus Dispatch talking about his perceptions of the General Conference, the David Meredith wedding, and the future of the UMC: Q: Is a schism inevitable? A: I don’t think it’s inevitable. We’ve been able to keep more churches in […]

Editor’s Notes: Recovering from General Conference

The good news is that there are many great folks who have been writing in the wake of General Conference, wading through what WAS done and helping us to understand that in fact many things DID happen — both good and bad (depending on your perspective). Here are a few of the articles that have been in my sight as I recover from General Conference 2016 (click on the titles to read):

Recently Read: Judicial Council rules on question of authority

Linda Bloom, the Judicial Council reporter for the United Methodist News Service, writes about the Judicial Council’s latest ruling on the request from Jeremy Troxler to examine the possible conflict between ¶16 and ¶33 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.  In response to a request for review from General Conference 2016, the United Methodist Judicial Council has […]

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 […]

Recently Read: Sinking in the graveyard of procedural stuff

UMR Correspondent Christy Thomas is also posting her personal thoughts on her Patheos blog. Christy expressed her concerns about the current fixation of the General Conference on procedural issues: The Rev. Don Underwood, at his sixth General Conference as delegate and his ninth overall, stated in a morning briefing with the North Texas Conference delegates, […]

Recently Read: An open letter to moderate/centrist delegates to GC2016

Dr. John D. Copenhaver, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy at Shenandoah University and a member of The Clergy Letter Project, published an open letter to moderate and centrist delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference on the Huffington Post today. Copenhaver, a retired United Methodist elder in the Virginia Annual Conference, was […]

Recently Read: United Methodists may be model for how to remain United despite differences.

Samantha Swindler wrote a great column Friday at featuring the Rev. Donna Pritchard, the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Portland, who reflected on her hope for the upcoming General Conference: “I don’t think I have the right to tell a pastor in Zimbabwe, ‘I don’t care if you can be arrested, […]