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Council of Bishops Follows Tradition With Letter to the Church

5/25/2016
Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent a letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20. The letter reads as follows:   To the people of The United Methodist Church:   The Council of Bishops brings you greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has called us to be servant leaders of the church. In 1812, Bishop Francis Asbury, Bishop...

Votes of Note: Legislation from General Conference 2016 At a Glance

5/23/2016
General Conference delegates acted on hundreds of pieces of legislation, taking part in thoughtful discussion, prayerfully discerning options, and sometimes simply voting yes to agreed-upon consent calendars. Some of the notable legislation from GC2016 is below. (Compiled from United Methodist News Service)  Clergy-Related Petitions Several pieces of legislation related to clergy were passed by the General Conference. The Ministry Study Commission titled “Deepening the Theology of Ordination” ...



GC2016 Passes $604 Million General Church Budget

5/21/2016
General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020. That budget proposal came from the board of the General Council on Finance and Administration and the Connectional Table, which coordinates the denomination’s agencies.  Delegates voted to add $5 million to double the denomination’s financial backing of the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. Funds help with such denomination-wide endeavors as planting new churches, providing ...

Delegate Q&A: Jeff Jernigan

5/20/2016
Lay delegate Jeff Jernigan (pictured in a legislative session) shared with us about inspiring people, awesome worship and what to look forward to in mission. Have you met anyone inspiring here in Portland? There are too many to list. Chief Prosper Tunda in war ravaged East Congo and the ministry they are doing to help restore some infrastructure and minister to the refugees; the steadfastness of our brothers and sisters in Northern Nigeria to live out the Gospel despite Boko Haram; testimonies ...



Delegate Q&A: Randy Brown

5/20/2016
Lay delegate Randy Brown shared with us about the people, the worship, and how Leadership UMC prepared him for General Conference. Have you met anyone inspiring here in Portland?  General Conference has given me the opportunity to meet United Methodists from all over the world. Key relationships were fostered in the iegislative sessions. United Methodist brothers and sisters  are truly a "royal priesthood" connected thru God, in spite of diverse cultures. We have had powerful worship this ...



Worship at General Conference: Pray, Sing, Clap, and Amen

5/20/2016
Pamela Duncan, pictured (in orange) during opening worship, is a member of "New Church Atlanta" (created by the merger of Druid Hills UMC and Epworth UMC). She is attending General Conference as an observer and volunteer with our Conference Communications Office. By Pamela Duncan I was raised Episcopalian in a bedroom community of Manhattan. Our congregation was affluent and lacked diversity. There were lots of smells and bells, Latin liturgy and controlled responses. The musical accompaniment...



Bishop Watson Among Retiring Bishops Honored at General Conference

5/19/2016
General Conference recognized retiring United Methodist bishops during plenary May 19, including North Georgia's episcopal leader Bishop Mike Watson.  Also retiring is former North Georgia Conference bishop, Bishop Lindsey Davis, and Bishop James King of the South Georgia Conference. Other Southeastern Jurisdiction retirees are Bishop Young Jin Cho and Bishop Larry Goodpaster. From the North Central Jurisdiction, Bishop Michael Coyner, Bishop John Hopkins, Bishop Jonathan Keaton, Bishop ...



Council of Bishops Offers a Way Forward, Delegates Approve Plan

5/18/2016
Update: 7:30 PST Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the denomination's Council of Bishops on May 18. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS. Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops and leader of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, addressed the General Conference today, May 18. He presented "An Offering for a New Way Forward" to the plenary, as a follow up to yesterday's approved motion asking the Council of Bishops to offer the body a path ...



Delegate Q&A: Alice Rogers

5/18/2016
Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers, a North Georgia clergy delegate, shares with us about who has inspired her this week, her impression of worship at General Conference, and how Glenn Memorial UMC is praying for General Conference. Have you met anyone who inspired you here in Portland? I have been inspired by those willing to make space and time for conversation around legislation. My legislative sub committee was led by a pastor from  the Rocky Mountain Conference, Brad Laurvick, who led us in respectful,...



GBHEM Hosts Higher Education Night at General Conference

5/18/2016
More than 2000 General Conference attendees gathered in the Portland Ballroom on Monday night for Higher Education Night 2016, a celebration of United Methodist-related educational institutions that are shaping the faith, vocations and commitments of students at more than 1,000 learning institutions around the world. Sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education (GBHEM), Higher Education Night began after the close of Monday’s plenary session following the agency’s report. General ...

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