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Bishop Sally Dyck challenges the General Conference at Friday’s opening worship

Portland, OR –It’s 8:00 am, and the plenary hall of the United Methodist General Conference is still nearly empty, with those present milling around and talking amongst one another. Calmly approaching the microphone, the worship leader speaks: “Once Jesus calls us to follow him, our lives are never the same” With that, the Rev. Laura Bartlett, […]

Bishop Sally Dyck Arrested in Protest

During an anti-deportation rally in Chicago on Thursday, March 27th, 40 people were placed under temporary arrest. Among the arrested party were many United Methodists including Bishop Sally Dyck. According to a photo on the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Facebook page almost 50 clergy and laity from the conference participated in […]

10 Questions: Bishop Sally Dyck

Bishop Sally Dyck is passionate about reaching out with the love of Christ. I learned this first hand when she came as the guest preacher to a session of the Tennessee Annual Conference at the invitation of Bishop Dick Wills. Earlier that year she had been in the news for her participation at the “Hearts […]

Bishop Dyck disputes ‘disunity’ charge

Bishop Sally Dyck’s recent statement endorsing same-sex marriage has drawn praise and criticism within the United Methodist Church, which officially holds that homosexual conduct is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” In an interview, she rejected claims by some that her stand will promote disunity in the denomination. “Find me a United Methodist who believes and accepts everything […]

Bishop Sally Dyck endorses same-sex marriage proposal in Illinois

Bishop Sally Dyck of the UMC’s Northern Illinois Conference announced her support Jan. 10 for legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Illinois. “While the United Methodist Church holds that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” she wrote to conference members, “it also holds the teaching and a long tradition (albeit a struggle every inch of the […]

All In – Don’t look now, but Methodists are getting dunked

The Rev. David Lee had a request this summer from a girl finishing confirmation class. She wanted to be baptized by immersion. Mr. Lee, in his second clergy appointment, had never done a baptism that way. And the church, Covenant UMC in Charlotte, N.C., had no place to immerse anyone. But a woman helping with […]