The UMC’s Messy Language About Sexuality: A Rejoinder To Dr. Thomas Frank

by Chris Ritter When I am confronted by posts with which I viscerally disagree I usually only mumble something to myself and move on. This is what I did with a recent post that suggested that the UMC “sold its soul” when it named “making disciples of Jesus Christ” as the mission of the church. […]

Christian Unity and the New Moralism

The United Methodist Church was engineered to hold disparate streams of the broad Christian tradition together. Born amidst the fervor of the modern ecumenical movement, it joined liberals, evangelicals, and pietists under one denominational roof. This commitment to theological diversity was the very reason for the first instantiation (problematic as it was) of the “Wesleyan […]

Board approves budget, prepares for General Conference 2016

By Nicole Burdakin NASHVILLE, Tn: A report on the Young Clergy Initiative, a discussion about the state of theological education and necessary preparations for General Conference 2016 were included in the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors meeting, Aug. 6-8 in Nashville. The Board also approved a $42.55 million budget for […]

Logo Unveiled for 2016 General Conference

“We believe this logo provides cohesive imagery for the event, yet affords a lot of flexibility for the various needs of the conference.” – Sara Hotchkiss

Are You “Tired”

Pastor Melissa Meyers, of Genoa Faith UMC, shares on UMCLead.com that she is tired of winning and losing in the church and wonders if there is another way. I am so tired. I’m tired of fighting. I’m tired of people I love being hurt. I’m tired of seeing the church that I love tear each […]

Minneapolis Chosen as UM General Conference 2020 Site

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C.:  The Commission on the General Conference announced today that Minneapolis, Minn. will be the site of the 2020 General Conference, tentatively scheduled for May 5-15, 2020. Minneapolis is part of the Minnesota Annual Conference, which has more than 70,000 members and 353 congregations, and along with the Dakotas Conference, constitutes the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal […]

Former General Conference business manager to return to pastoral ministry

Alan Morrison, the Business Manager of the 2008 and 2012 General Conferences and the current Director of Support Services–Meeting Planning, Facilities, and Procurement for the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) announced this evening on his Facebook page that he will be leaving GCFA to become the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Monongahela, Pennsylvania.

General Conference 2016 cost projected to exceed $10 million

Whatever else may be said about General Conference, it doesn’t come cheap. A recent UMC report projects that the next General Conference, set for May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Ore., will cost nearly $10.8 million. That’s up more than $2 million from General Conference 2012 in Tampa, Fla., which, despite unfailing hospitality by local UM […]

Getting a jump on electing General Conference delegates

Amidst all of the petitions which failed, were never considered at all, or passed but then were overturned by the Judicial Council, at least one new provision in the Book of Discipline that was adopted by the largely “Do-Nothing General Conference” last year, now provides an interesting opportunity to annual conferences across the connection. Originally […]

Lay of the Land: Getting to know gay people makes big difference

By Richard Hearne, UMR Columnist… In the roughly 30 years I have been involved in local church, annual conference, jurisdiction and General Conference activities, I have been in many contentious meetings. The most contentious meeting I ever attended was over the topic of the marriage policy in my local church. Every parent that had an […]

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