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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

United Methodists endorse Wesleyan Covenant Association

July 1, 2016 An Open Letter to the People of The United Methodist Church: As clergy and lay leaders of healthy, vibrant orthodox United Methodist congregations, and as teachers preparing the ...

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United Methodists form Wesleyan Covenant Association

“In these times of great uncertainty about the future of The United Methodist Church, we believe it is important for orthodox congregations, clergy, and laity to work together, to support one ...

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Western conferences endorse LGBT leaders for bishop

Two United Methodist clergypersons who came out publicly as LGBT religious leaders in a May letter to General Conference delegates have been endorsed as episcopal candidates from their annual ...

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Three Requests of My Centrist Friends – An Open Letter

By Rob Renfroe Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to be in dialogue with several leading "centrist" pastors. I have gotten to know them well enough to know that I like them. They ...

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An Open Letter of Resignation and Regret

by Walter Fenton - The delegates at the 2016 General Conference, by an overwhelming vote, determined to severe all links between The United Methodist Church and the Religious Coalition for ...

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UM Leaders Respond to Terrorist Attack

by Walter Fenton- Most United Methodists bishops and leaders have responded to the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, by strongly condemning the brutal murder of 49 people and the wounding of 53 ...

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Good News statement on Orlando terrorist attack

With all United Methodists across the nation, we mourn the death of the 49 victims in the Orlando terrorist attack. Whether they were gay, straight, bisexual, or transgender, they were the children of ...

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