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Responses Across the Connection

Judicial Council Ruling Last night, the Judicial Council issued Decision No. 1341, responding to a petition by the South Central Jurisdiction for a declaratory decision concerning the application, meaning, and effect of the Book of Discipline in regard to the nomination, election, consecration, and/or assignment as bishop of a person who claims to be a “self-avowed practicing […]

SEJ announces episcopal assignments

Lake Junaluska, NC — The Committee on Episcopacy of the Southeastern Jurisdiction announced tonight the episcopal assignments for 2016-2020. These appointments traditionally begin in September, and most bishops traditionally serve two four-year terms in an episcopal area. The assignments are: Bishop J. Lawson Bryan to the South Georgia Episcopal Area Bishop Kenneth Carter to the […]

Ecumenical Day: UMC in full communion with Moravians, Uniting Church of Sweden

  The General Conference of the United Methodist Church celebrated Ecumenical Day Tuesday by recognizing full communion with the northern and southern provinces of the Moravian Church and the Uniting Church of Sweden. “We have really been in communion for a long time,” said Rev. J. Christian Giesler. Giesler is a bishop in the northern […]

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 […]

General Conference elects members to Judicial Council and The Commission on the General Conference

Delegates to the 2016 General Conference elected members to the denomination’s Judicial Council and the Commission on the General Conference in the second half of today’s morning business session. We’ll add the University Senate results as soon as that vote happens, likely this afternoon. Judicial Council: Lay: Ruben Reyes, Deanell Reece Tacha, Lidia Romao Guele […]

A love letter to our church from your LGBTQI religious leaders

Originally posted by Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the letter below caused RMN’s website to crash due to an overload of traffic just hours after the letter’s release. Dear United Methodist Church, As we gather in Portland to begin the 10 day discernment of God’s leading for The United Methodist Church known as General Conference, we, […]

U.S. membership decline continues

By Walter Fenton According to the most recent data, The United Methodist Church has lost 116,063 members – the stark equivalent to losing a 318-member local church every day of the year. The recently released statistics are from the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) The loss from 2013 to 2014 reflected a […]

Should Christians welcome Syrian refugees into the United States?

  *by Rev Dr. David F. Watson Greg Abbott, the governor of my home states of Texas, recently tweeted the following: BREAKING: Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees & I demand the U.S. act similarly. Security comes first. https://t.co/uE34eluXYd — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 16, 2015 Abbott also recently tweeted this meme: For you were […]

Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller named Assistant General Secretary for Clergy Formation

*by Tyrus Sturgis NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has selected Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller as assistant general secretary for clergy formation in the Division of Ordained Ministry. Conklin-Miller currently serves as the director of United Methodist Programs at Duke Divinity School. She will join the agency in late October. […]

An intern looks back at “Late Show with David Letterman” (COMMENTARY)

If I could have wadded up the resume and cover letter and mailed it in one big ball I would have. That’s how much I thought it wasn’t going to happen.

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