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

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…


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

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…

Broken processes characterized the 2012 United Methodist General Conference.  (Photo credit: 
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Why Was United Methodist General Conference So Dysfunctional? (Part 1)

November 29, 2012

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…


Code Pink Slings Mud — Dead Sea and Otherwise

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…


Some Encouraging General Conference Actions on Social Issues

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….


A Sober Look at General Conference’s Growing Conservative Majority

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…


Double Standards at General Conference

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…


Methodist Temper Tantrums

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…


A World without Rules

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…


United Methodists Reject Agree to Disagree Motion on Homosexuality

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…


Revisionist protestors invade United Methodist delegate floor

May 2, 2012

Mic Check! Mic Check! Prayer interrupted as United Methodist Delegates get called out for being legalistic, fearful, and embracing “silent faith”–whatever that means. After the UMC General Conference decided to reject Israeli divestment, a…


Have I Ever Told You About My United Methodist Fan Fiction?

May 2, 2012

By Bart Gingerich Imagine a dystopian landscape, where totalitarian overlords rule church polity/the world with an iron fist. They are called….”The Monitors.” Somehow, the GCORR/GCOSROW (General Commission on Religion and Race/General Commission on the…