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Commentary: Where are the youth?

By Amanda Tobey* 0.23%. That is percentage of youth voting delegates on the floor of General Conference this year. It is commonly understood that youth and young adults are hugely underrepresented on a global level in the United Methodist Church. A question that commonly gets posed is, “How can we get more youth to come […]

GC Shorts — GC for College Credit

A short conversation with Jack Jackson from Claremont School of Theology who is helping a group of seminary students learn the ins and outs of the United Methodist Church. Wes Magruder

GC Shorts — The “Love Alike” Plan

Chris Ritter explains how his “Love Alike” Plan would help the UMC navigate its deadlock over LGBT issues. Wes Magruder

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, […]

GC Shorts — The Commission on Snacks

A moment of snack food levity with the Rev. Dr. Andy Stoker from FUMC Dallas. Wes Magruder

UM Reporter Roundtable – Episode 2 (05/11/2016)

Rules, rules, rules . . . and oh yeah, Bishop Palmer gave a great address! Host: Laura Allen Guests: Ken Krimmel, Wes Magruder, and Charles Harrison

GC Shorts: The Rule of Love

Erin Hawkins, General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race, sets the tone for the conference with an inspiring invitation to authentic engagement.

MFSA releases statement on worship controversy

PORTLAND, OR –  The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) released a statement this afternoon on the decision of the General Conference 2016 worship team to remove mention of sexual orientation and gender identity in her remark’s as a part of the opening worship service today. Rev. Flippin chose to not participate in the worship […]

Gay ordination ceremony before General Conference

Portland, OR — The security guard spoke into his communicator, “It’s grape juice, not wine.” A man holding a filled chalice along with a small crowd all singing “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place” sought entrance to the Oregon Conference Center, the site of the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist […]

Good News responds to clergy coming out letter

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, Vice President and General Manager of Good News, an organization that has advocated for the retention of the current United Methodist teaching on homosexuality, released a statement this afternoon in response to the letter from 111 UM clergy identifying themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). “Unfortunately, the […]