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Healing Relationships : Methodists will stand beside descendants of Sand Creek victims

Friday June 20th the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church, led by Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, will pilgrimage to site of the Sand Creek Massacre in an act of reconciliation and healing with the descendants of victims of the horrific act. From the Pueblo Chieftain This year marks the 150th anniversary of the murders […]

’Tis the season – Less debate, more worship for some annual conferences

In the past, delegates headed to Annual Conference might carry copies of Robert’s Rules of Order for long hours of legislative sessions and budget debates. This year, delegates might do better to pack hymnals, work gloves and sneakers. With the seven-week annual conference season under way (having begun with the May 16-18 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference […]

Bishop Bledsoe: Issue is fairness, not race

By Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, Special Contributor …  Editor’s note: This column is adapted from a blog entry Bishop Bledsoe posted last week for the North Texas Conference website. He announced his retirement on June 1, and reversed himself on June 5. He told conference members then, at the close of their annual gathering, that the South […]

Committee explains actions regarding Bishop Bledsoe

An evaluation of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe led the South Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee to ask that he retire voluntarily and to promise a vote on involuntary retirement if he didn’t go on his own, the committee chair said in a statement Friday. “The results of our evaluation of Bishop Bledsoe were mixed. While having […]

Rev. Mike Baughman preaches on ‘dehydration’ of church

Note: The Rev. Baughman preached this sermon June 3, at opening worship of Annual Conference 2012 of the North Texas Conference. Greetings beautiful people of the North Texas Annual Conference. I am so grateful to stand before you this day as we enter into this time of Holy Conferencing. I give thanks to Bishop Bledsoe […]

Same sex marriage allowance defeated in committee

The Committee on Ministry & Higher Education rejected sub-committee work that would have recommended another historic shift in the United Methodist Church. Submitted legislation sought to allow each Annual Conference to decide whether or not to allow same sex unions in their churches and by their pastors. The measure was defeated by a written ballot […]