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Out of Saturday’s GC shame, God keeps door open

A commentary by Stephen Drachler: “United Methodists, trust the Lord! God is always merciful. God has the power to save you.” (Adapted from Psalm 130:7 Common English Bible) A few words describe the debacle that emerged from Saturday night’s failed debate over restructuring The United Methodist Church: Disgust. Mistrust. Manipulation. The chaotic ending of the […]

UMW a step closer to separate status

Today at General Conference, the General Administration Committee approved legislation that would establish United Methodist Women as a separate entity within the UMC. With the committee hurdle cleared, the legislation moves to the full General Conference. UMW has been part of the Board of Global Ministries. Making it separate is one of several proposals for restructuring the general agencies of […]

Same sex marriage allowance defeated in committee

The Committee on Ministry & Higher Education rejected sub-committee work that would have recommended another historic shift in the United Methodist Church. Submitted legislation sought to allow each Annual Conference to decide whether or not to allow same sex unions in their churches and by their pastors. The measure was defeated by a written ballot […]

Backers of agency consolidation ponder what went wrong

The dream some UMC leaders had of bringing most general church agencies under a single 15-member board, led by an executive, crashed and burned at General Conference on Friday. And the dreamers were left to lament their defeat in the General Administration Committee, and try to figure out what went wrong. “I trust the Holy […]

Sub-Committee Votes to End Guaranteed Appointments with Attached “Mueller Amendment”

Sub-Committee 1 of the Committee on Ministry and Higher Education was hard at work this afternoon addressing petition #20303, which is an amendment that would effectively end guaranteed appointments. A significant amendment was offered by Gary Mueller (North Texas Annual Conference) and perfected by the sub-committee. The amendment establishes a team of eight people to […]

UM Twitter sub-culture leads to global feedback

TAMPA, Fla.—Even before opening worship at General Conference, a prophetic post went up on Twitter: “Twitter is about to be ridiculously overloaded with Methodists and their iPhones.” So it was. And so General Conference 2012, whatever else happens, may be identified in UM history as the first where social media took hold in a big […]

Seminarians Explore General Conference

Seminarians from Drew Theological School are among the crowds of United Methodistst who have flocked to Tampa Bay for General Conference. They’re here as a part of a course studying General Conference in its role within the United Methodist Church. Dean Jeffrey Kuan of The Theological School at Drew University is excited to have students […]

Laity Address Speaker Opens Up in Press Conference

“I know that people want to stop talking about this issue and I would like to stop talking about it too because I would like for all to welcomed to the church and to ordination…regardless of sexual orientation.” Amory Peck, one of the three speakers who offered the Laity address this morning, shared before a […]

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