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Bishop John Yambasu of Sierra Leone preaches May 19 (Photo: Mike DuBose / UMNS)

GC2016 Recap: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

May 21, 2016

Knowing how eager many of you readers are for news, here is a non-comprehensive summary of key highlights from the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Roe v. Wade

United Methodists Repeal Previous Endorsement of Roe v. Wade

May 21, 2016

United Methodists have taken major steps toward affirming the sanctity of all human life during their denomination’s General Conference meeting this week in Portland.

UMC General Conference prepares to vote on the denomination's relationship with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)

Pro-Abortion Coalition Criticizes UMC Vote to Withdraw

May 20, 2016

Delegates at the UMC’s quadrennial General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted for the denomination’s agencies to withdraw from RCRC.


Methodist Perseverance

May 20, 2016

On May 19 history was made. The United Methodist General Conference, representing a 12 million member denomination, voted to withdraw its church agencies from a Washington lobby that opposes all restrictions on abortion.


United Methodists Quit Abortion Coalition

May 19, 2016

United Methodists have voted to require church boards and agencies to withdraw immediately from an organization that advocates for abortion on demand.

Anti-Israel Coalition

United Methodists Vote to Encourage Disaffiliation from Anti-Israel Coalition

May 17, 2016

Delegates adopted a proposal asking to conclude agency affiliation with the U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation on a vote of 478 to 319.


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.

Hillary Clinton preaching at Foundry Methodist Church in September 2015.

Hillary Clinton: BDS Is “Not the Path to Peace”

May 10, 2016

Clinton says the BDS movement is “counterproductive to the pursuit of peace and harmful to Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

United Methodist General Conference Media

Amid Controversy, United Methodists Gather in Portland

May 9, 2016

Methodist clergy engaged in a campaign of ecclesiastical disobedience for marrying same-sex couples could face a roadblock this month as the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States gathers in Portland for a meeting of its top legislative body.

Methodist Madrassah

Southern California’s Methodist Madrassah

May 6, 2016

Claremont School of Theology promotes the spread of Islam in North America while doing little to train the next generation of clergy of the United Methodist Church.

Val Rosenquist

Complaints Filed Against Charlotte Methodist Pastor for Conducting Same-Sex Marriage

April 27, 2016

“They have demonstrated a profound lack of personal integrity, by breaking their own word, and an extreme disrespect for the majority of United Methodists, who do not agree with their actions,” says UMAction Director John Lomperis.


UM Action Supports Covenantal Unity Plan

March 28, 2016

We support the Covenantal Unity Plan to restore Christian discipline, accountability, and covenantal unity to the troubled United Methodist Church.