Why Was the 2012 General Conference So Unproductive and Dysfunctional? (Part 4)

by (@TheIRD) December 14, 2012

The Final Judgment: Our UMC Needs Responsible, Courageous, and Trustworthy Leadership By John Lomperis In my recent four-part series, I have recounted how various groups of theologically revisionist activists aligned with the Common Witness Coalition were allowed to hijack the United Methodist Church’s highest leadership body to make it embarrassingly dysfunctional, for the sake of […]

Why Was the 2012 General Conference So Unproductive and Dysfunctional? (Part 2)

by (@TheIRD) December 3, 2012

By John Lomperis In previous General Conferences, as in many other spheres of life, when people realize they are behind schedule and running out of time, there is a natural eagerness to get moving and catch up, even if that means working a little overtime. But as crunch time approached in Tampa, our General Conference […]

Why Was United Methodist General Conference So Dysfunctional? (Part 1)

by (@TheIRD) November 29, 2012

By John Lomperis The top governing authority in the global United Methodist Church is the quadrennial General Conference, which last met April 24 — May 4 in Tampa, Florida. We must not forget the positive. As IRD has reported elsewhere, this General Conference took several important, helpful steps, and those concerned for the biblical faithfulness […]

Code Pink Slings Mud — Dead Sea and Otherwise

by (@Cuchulain09) June 12, 2012

What does Code Pink have in common with IRD? Under normal circumstances, I would say “Absolutely nothing, thanks be to God!” Code Pink woman “busts big banks.” But later this month, the flamboyant, aggressive women of the Leftist activist group and the intrepid, quietly efficient staff members of the Institute on Religion and Democracy will be at the […]

Some Encouraging General Conference Actions on Social Issues

by (@TheIRD) May 28, 2012

With all of the frustrations from the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, we should not lose sight of some of the many positive things to come out of the Tampa meeting. Several of the General Conference’s positive actions improve our denomination’s social witness. A petition originating from a gay activist group in […]

A Sober Look at General Conference’s Growing Conservative Majority

by (@JohnLomperis) May 25, 2012

The United Methodist Church may have just officially slipped out of reach for official embrace of sexual liberalism. Pro-homosexuality advocates appear to have done EVERYTHING they possibly could, many times over, to prevail at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church which recently met in Tampa. They raised massive amounts of money, including many hundreds […]

Double Standards at General Conference

by (@TheIRD) May 4, 2012

By Mark Tooley The United Methodist General Conference often operates under one sided rules of an odd form of hyper political correctness. During the May 2 debate of Israeli settlements and anti-Israel divestment, the Rev. Robert Earl Long of Oklahoma, in opposing stances that exclusively fault Israel, said: “Of course we care about the Palestinians […]

Methodist Temper Tantrums

by (@TheIRD) May 4, 2012

By Barton Gingerich So this happened after the first petition (among several) approving homosexual activity within the United Methodist Church got shot down. This came at the tail end of several notable defeats for revisionist groups (under the umbrella Love Your Neighbor Coalition): the conference rolled the incredibly left-wing GMCORR/GCOSROW into GBCS, overwhelmingly opposed divestment […]

A World without Rules

by (@JeffreyHWalton) May 3, 2012

By Jeff Walton Following the first vote of the day on homosexuality, protesters have begun demonstrating on the floor of General Conference. This is the second time this General Conference – the first followed Wednesday’s vote on divestment. When the General Conference convened last week, one of the first delegates to speak moved that protests […]

United Methodists Reject Agree to Disagree Motion on Homosexuality

by (@TheIRD) May 3, 2012

By Mark Tooley This morning at about 10 am the United Methodist General Conference defeated a motion from Kansas minister Adam Hamilton to acknowledge that United Methodists disagree on homosexuality. The motion, co-originated with Ohio minister Mike Slaughter, was defeated by about 53 percent to 47 percent. Nearly 30 percent of delegates are from Africa, where […]