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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 […]

Bishop Palmer pulls no punches in the Episcopal address

After somewhat lackluster morning worship filled with multiple languages and liturgies of confession, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer rose to offer the episcopal address this morning at the Oregon Convention Center. One word has never left his consciousness: humility. From there, Palmer took little time wading into the murky waters of the troubled United Methodist Church. […]