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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 ...



North Georgia Episcopal Nominee Rev. Sharma Lewis Speaks to SEJ Delegates and Guests

5/18/2016
Rev. Lewis speaks during a lunch gathering hosted by the Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy. Photo by Luke Lucas/AWFUMC Rev. Sharma Lewis, Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District superintendent, addressed a lunch gathering of Southeastern Jurisdiction delegates and guests. Each of the SEJ's 14 episcopal candidates spoke during the General Conference lunch break, seven speaking Tuesday and seven on Wednesday.   The jurisdictional episcopacy committee offered each candidate six minutes to share ...



Don and Emily Saliers Bring the Sunday Morning Sound and the Sound of Saturday Night

5/15/2016
By Ansley Brackin Two notable Georgia Methodists were invited to speak and perform in Portland, Oregon, for the General Board of Church and Society’s annual General Conference dinner. Though Church and Society usually hosts a more formal, sit-down dinner, this year it was a laid back event with a high profile guest - Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls duo. She brought with her her dad, Dr. Don Saliers, a former professor at Candler School of Theology and current Emory Theologian in Residence. ...



General Conference Q&A: Rev. Byron Thomas

5/13/2016
Clergy delegate Byron Thomas was part of the call to worship as General Conference opened Friday. We previously caught up with him to hear a little about his committee work and his hopes for General Conference.   What type of legislation is your committee considering? My committee will be addressing various issues related to the environment, war and peace, permissiveness in Annual Conference structure, reducing the size of the Church and Society board, privatization, and others. How have you ...



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