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A Just Resolution Reached in the Rev. Cynthia Meyer Complaint

On August 1, the parties involved in the complaint against Rev. Cynthia Meyer met to have conversation about the possibility of a just resolution. The parties worked for 12 hours and made a good-faith effort to find common ground. At the end of the day came to the following agreement:   Rev. Cynthia Meyer’s Statement […]

Recently Read: Stretching, Not Tearing

by Nathan Mattox I just finished meeting with Bishop Karen Oliveto, a woman whose name you have possibly seen lately in the news. Some believe her election, in the words of our Bishop, Robert Hayes, who wrote to us this week, “tears at the covenant that connects us as one united church.” The fact that […]

Aley UMC, North Texas Annual Conference, opens its doors to same-gender weddings

by Christy Thomas When Rev. Eston Williams’ millennial daughters told him they did not want to be a part of an excluding church, he felt the time had come for him to make a public stand, one fully consistent with his theology and his understanding of the nature of God. He knew the cost. Williams […]

One Church, One Organization, or Neither?

by David Watson  Things are moving quickly in the UMC. The latest development, of course, is the consecration of an openly gay and married bishop, Rev. Karen Oliveto. According to a story published by the United Methodist News Service, Bishop Grant Hagiya commented on Rev. Oliveto’s election, stating, “We understand there may be some political […]

Being Welcomed In Action, Not Just Words

by Mike House This past Sunday, I found myself choking up as I sang the “Doxology.” I’m not sure that has ever happened to me before, in part because the words are so familiar. But something had just happened at Northaven, the church where my partner Cody and I worship, that caused the familiar liturgical […]

Northaven UMC takes historic vote to celebrate same-sex weddings

by Christy Thomas “I cried in church today. I cried because something deep within me felt like my church is standing with me, taking risks for me. They told me that I wasn’t disposable.” This statement was made by Cody McMahan, a member of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The Rev. Eric Folkerth […]

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 […]

Three Ways how Oregon-Idaho Responded to General Conference

by Rev. Jeremy Smith Three legislative items passed the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church at their annual meeting in mid-June 2016 that together cast a vision for the future of United Methodism. Affirmed Ordained Ministry for All Persons At the start of the week, the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry shared a statement […]

Recently Read: Misattributing Evil

by Mark Tooley United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Conference responded to the Orlando gay nightclub mass murders by a reported pro-ISIS Islamist with the suggestion that her denomination’s traditional marriage teaching is to blame: As I have prayed for the victims of this latest shooting, for the shooter and his family, for […]

Recently Read: North Georgia Annual Conference amends LGBTQ people out of resolution on suicide and homelessness

On Thursday June 9, Shanna Jackson from Grace United Methodist Church in Covington, GA addressed the North Georgia Annual Conference with these vital questions for the church before a vote on the resolution to support an end to suicide and homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning youth. Shanna shared, “In The United Methodist […]

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