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Jerry Kulah

African Delegate: We Were Not “Manipulated to Vote” at GC2016

May 27, 2016

Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah strongly rejected any implication African delegates were being “manipulated” into supporting scripturally based positions at GC2016.

General Conference

After General Conference, What Then?

May 26, 2016

General Conference was a victory for orthodox biblical standards, notes guest writer Bill Bouknight, but faithful Methodists shouldn’t be distracted by attention-grabbing sexual issues in their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Cook introducing the anti-RCRC petition (Photo: Maile Bradfield, UMNS)

Rev. Beth Ann Cook: About that RCRC Presentation & Vote

May 25, 2016

In this guest post, Rev. Beth Ann Cook reflects and sets the record straight on her role in helping the 2016 General Conference end the UMC’s affiliation with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).


Lessons from Church and Society at GC2016

May 24, 2016

IRD Board Member Sara Anderson shares her thoughts from observing the Church and Society A committee at General Conference 2016.

General Conference

The Methodist Surprise in Portland

May 23, 2016

Methodist lobbyists who in 1973 founded RCRC in the bracing days after Roe v. Wade would likely be surprised by their church’s departure.


United Methodist Sex & Gridlock

May 19, 2016

The United Methodist Church’s bishops succeeded once again in suppressing prolonged and divisive plenary debate over sex at their denomination’s quadrennial governing General Conference, meeting May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon.

Adam Hamilton

Rev. Adam Hamilton Backs Possible “Reordering” of UMC

May 18, 2016

Well-known Methodist minister Rev. Adam Hamilton has backed a proposal that could lead to a three way split of the United Methodist Church (UMC).


African Worship & UMC Crossroads

May 15, 2016

A beautiful picture of a vibrant global church came to life as delegates and visitors from across the globe paused from General Conference business to gather for African worship.


United Methodist Rule 44, Dysfunction & Health

May 12, 2016

The governing body of the global United Methodist Church has taken a key vote indicating an orthodox majority likely to reaffirm the denomination’s traditional marriage teaching.


Our Loss of Charity

May 11, 2016

In an increasingly polarized political climate where hateful sound-bites rule the day, we would all do well to think on what charity means for us today.


Methodists Resist Radical LGBT Discord

May 11, 2016

The film “An Act of Love” chronicles the open defiance by Frank Schaefer of the United Methodist Church’s prohibitions against homosexual marriage.

Methodist Divestment

Methodists Hear Alternatives to Anti-Israel Divestment

May 10, 2016

Proposals to divest United Methodist pensions from companies that do business with Israel are counter-productive and will not foster a narrative leading to Middle East peace, according to a group working against divestment at the denomination’s top legislative gathering.