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Methodists Nominate 3 Openly Gay Candidates for Bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller At its quadrennial meeting last month, the United Methodist Church decided not to take up contentious LGBT issues. But that’s not stopping its regional conferences from making decisions on their own. Two U.S. jurisdictions will consider three openly gay candidates for bishop next month. The Rev. Karen Oliveto, the Rev. Frank […]

An open letter to the Desert Southwest Annual Conference

by Rev. Gil Caldwell* To: Bishop Robert Hoshibata/Desert Southwest Conference From: Rev. Gil Caldwell/Retired Elder, Rocky Mountain Conference Dear Bishop Hoshibata, It was with great joy that I read of the decision of the Desert Southwest Conference to support marriage equality for same sex couples. I amwriting these words on the morning of July 4, 2013, […]

Lambrecht: Bishop and BOM justified in decision

 By Rev. Thomas A. Lambrecht* Bishop Jim Dorff has issued a ruling upholding (by default) the decision by the clergy session of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference to remove Ms. Mary Ann Kaiser from candidacy for ordained ministry.  Ms. Kaiser is an avowed lesbian living in a partnered relationship with another woman, and with the […]

Relevance X/LEAD 2013 – Young UMs gather, seek ways to transform the world

LAS VEGAS—“How many of you are tired of hearing the United Methodist Church is dying?” Those were Glen Simpson’s first words to participants at Relevance X 2013, a three-day leadership conference in Las Vegas Feb. 15-17 for young people 18 to 30. Through energetic worship services, sermons, dialogue and a unique “field trip,” participants focused […]