2016 UMC General Conference

United Methodist

Abortion Changes Signal New Direction for United Methodists

The second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. has taken firm steps towards steering the 12.1 million-member denomination away from the path that it’s mainline Protestant peers have taken.

2016 UMC General Conference

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

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

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).


James Madison

Don’t Back Away from Religious Freedom

We must reject antidiscrimination rhetoric used against religious freedom; conscience should be protected, not judged. Not only is obedience to God the first consideration in life for Christians, but the priority of obeying God was clearly recognized by James Madison, author of the First Amendment, in declaring that our allegiance to God precedes our duty to civil society.

2016 UMC General Conference


Lessons from Church and Society at GC2016

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

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