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To the Contrary

By Rob Renfroe- Contrary to what you might have heard, General Conference 2016 was a real success for traditional, evangelical United Methodists. Maybe because this was my sixth General Conference, I don’t expect the Kingdom of God to come in ...

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Portlandia

By Steve Beard- This was my seventh General Conference and I had a sneaking suspicion that it would be like trying to ride a tornado. There are, after all, 162 marijuana dispensaries in metro Portland and one of the top tourist destinations is ...

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General Conference Legislative Summary

By Thomas Lambrecht- In the aftermath of General Conference, it is good to take stock of what was accomplished and where things went awry. From the perspective of the Renewal and Reform Coalition, here is my assessment. The 2016 General ...

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Sexuality Debate Put on Pause

By Heather Hahn and Sam Hodges-   General Conference delegates hit the pause button on the denomination’s quadrennial debates related to homosexuality. Late afternoon May 18 – two days before the event’s conclusion – the delegates ...

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Laity Urged to Share Jesus

By Todd Seifert  Lay members of The United Methodist Church admonished their peers who are delegates to General Conference to remember that they share in the responsibility of making disciples of Jesus Christ in the world. The laity address ...

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Church Ends Membership with Abortion Lobby

In a landmark decision, the 2016 General Conference voted 425-268 to sever United Methodist ties with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Delegates also voted to delete language supporting RCRC from the Book of ...

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African Methodists Worry About Church That Brought Them Christianity

By Emily McFarlan Miller- The Rev. Jerry Kulah has nothing but gratitude for American Methodists. In 1833, they sent their first missionary to his country, Liberia, which was founded for freed American slaves. Melville B. Cox died four months ...

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In the News

Statement From the Good News Board

Adopted by the board on July 18, 2016 The following statement was adopted by the Good News board following the recent election of a married lesbian as bishop and the actions of nine annual ...

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Rev. Rob Renfroe Responds to Election of Openly Gay Bishop

In this video presentation, the Rev. Rob Renfroe, president of Good News, addresses the schismatic election of the Rev. Karen Oliveto in the Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is the first married lesbian ...

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A pastoral letter about the Oliveto election

As a pastor in The United Methodist Church, I write to share some happenings in our connectional family that merit a word. One of the great gifts of my life is being the Lead Pastor at Reynoldsburg ...

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To the Council of Bishops

In light of the election of a married lesbian as a bishop of the United Methodist Church, faithful United Methodists can endorse the following statement by visiting Methodist Crossroads. Good News ...

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South Central Jurisdiction requests declaratory ruling on Oliveto election

Meeting in Wichita, Kansas, on July 15, The South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church passed a motion requesting a declaratory ruling from the Judicial Council in response to the ...

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Council of Bishops President addresses Oliveto election results

July 15, 2016 Peoria, Ill.:  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement regarding the results of today’s Episcopal election at the ...

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Western Jurisdiction elects Karen Oliveto as bishop

The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, senior minister of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, has been elected as a bishop by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. She is ...

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