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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 […]

A Matter of Trust: A series of conversations from The United Methodist Reporter

Note: UMR Managing Editor Laura Harbert Allen will talk with people throughout the 2016 session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The goal of these conversations: to build dialogue and community around the most divisive issues before the 2016 session. Have we lost the ability to talk with each other? Or, more […]

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 […]