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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 […]

Bishop Michael McKee Urges Local UMCs to Pray for Dallas

July 8, 2016 As United Methodists gather for worship this Sunday, I ask that this letter be read and followed by a period of silent prayer. ****************************************** Tragedy struck Dallas Thursday evening. Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed, and seven officers and two civilians were injured. An evil act borne out of hatred devastated […]

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 […]

UPDATED: Recently Viewed: Homeless, Not Voiceless (Dallas Street Choir)

Time for an uplifting moment. The Dallas Street Choir is a ministry in by the North Texas Conference area and directed by Dr. Jonathan Palant who is also the Director of Music at Kessler Park UMC in Dallas, Texas. Bishop Mike McKee says “Jonathan Palant is one of a kind! He started the Dallas Street Choir (Homeless,Not […]

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 […]

Brewing to Perfection – Pastor tries coffee shop to reach young adults

DALLAS—The Rev. Mike Baughman had never made a half caffeine latte, but that’s what the man across the counter wanted. So, after a quick consultation with the barista on duty, the pastor got to work and produced a frothy drink that sent his middle-aged customer away happy. It was one more learning curve. Mike Baughman’s […]

UM church, conference and former pastor seek to have sexual misconduct suit tossed

A former United Methodist pastor, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas and the North Texas Conference of the UMC have moved to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against them, arguing that it was filed outside the statute of limitations. The suit was filed last February in Dallas County District Court by Cameron Jerrod […]

Hugs, tributes and pain as bishop leaves

FLOWER MOUND, Texas—Bishop Earl Bledsoe said goodbye to the North Texas Conference at a reception for him on Aug. 26 that included many hugs and kind words, but also recognition of the pained circumstances of his departure. “I hold no ill will, no grudges, no nothing—but God’s love for you,” he told a crowd of […]

Kind words, hugs and pain at event for Bishop Bledsoe

Bishop Earl Bledsoe said goodbye to the North Texas Conference at a reception for him Sunday that included many hugs and kind words, but also recognition of the pained circumstances of his departure. “I hold no ill will, no grudges, no nothing – but God’s love for you,” he told a crowd of about 250 […]

Bishop Bledsoe: Issue is fairness, not race

By Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, Special Contributor …  Editor’s note: This column is adapted from a blog entry Bishop Bledsoe posted last week for the North Texas Conference website. He announced his retirement on June 1, and reversed himself on June 5. He told conference members then, at the close of their annual gathering, that the South […]

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