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An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe and Harriett Jane Olson An Open Letter to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice June 7, 2016 To the members and leaders of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, The General Conference of The United Methodist Church passed […]

General Conference votes to withdraw from Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

By Jessica Brodie, special contributor PORTLAND, Ore.—General Conference voted May 19 that two United Methodist entities withdraw immediately from membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The motion passed 425-268. The General Board of Church and Society and the United Methodist Women currently are members of the RCRC, a national community of religious organizations […]

A Pastoral Response to A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders

Editor’s Note: 24 Bishops signed a pastoral letter Tuesday in support of GLBTQ UM Clergy, who came out last week just before General Conference began in Portland, Ore. The text of the letter follows: We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United […]

News Analysis: Who is the “We” at General Conference?

“We are winning!” “We are losing.” Rev. Jason Valendy, reserve delegate to General Conference stood outside a legislative committee room. He had hoped to observe the election of officers inside, but seating space for non-members was limited, and fire marshals ordered him out of the space. One woman slipped out briefly, and as she came […]

Sexuality debate begins with worship disagreement

  The inclusion of LGBTQI people in the United Methodist Church has already been tested today, just hours before the opening worship service of the 2016 General Conference in Portland OR. The Rev. Vicki Flippin said she was asked to bring a greeting from her context to welcome worshippers to this afternoon’s service at the […]

Recently Read: Ugandans join push for bishop accountability

Three United Methodists say their bishop is using the Ugandan legal system to silence their calls for accountability. They also are urging the 2016 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, to approve proposed legislation to increase bishops’ accountability — especially on financial matters. East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula, whose office is based in […]

Blest Be The Tie That Binds

*by Bishop Scott Jones During the last four months, I have had multiple invitations to break my vows. Many people have suggested that, in the name of protesting against perceived injustice, I should disobey the discipline of The United Methodist Church and violate the sacred promises I have made at two key points in my […]

Recently Viewed: Message To General Conference Delegates

This is from Rev. Eric Folkerth pastor of Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Friends: An important video, for General Conference Delegates. If you are one please watch. If you know one, please share. It addresses why we must address LGBTQ issues directly, and not rely on “restructure” or reframing.” ~ Eric         […]

Divorce and Remarriage in American Methodism: The evolution of church positions from 1884 to 2012

By Dr. Rex D. Matthews I am currently engaged in research project that intends to trace the broad contours of the evolutionary change of American Methodist positions concerning divorce and remarriage and to set the story of that change in the larger context of changing attitudes toward divorce and remarriage in American culture and society. […]

Rule 44, Band-Aids, and Heart Transplants

By David F. Watson The so-called “Rule 44” is the latest plot twist in the strange tale we are writing as we approach General Conference. This proposal would alter the process of debate and legislation at General Conference. More specifically, it would involve setting aside Robert’s Rules of Order and instead undertaking a small group […]

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