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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.


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.

United Methodist Schism

UMC Bishop: No Schism Proposals from Us

May 17, 2016

Council of Bishops President Bruce R. Ough says that the council is not putting forward any proposals at this time for dividing the 12.1 million-member global church.

David Watson

United Seminary’s Watson: It’s about Witnessing, not Winning

May 17, 2016

The United Seminary Professor speaks about his relationship with the Holy Spirit, the Christian call to stand for Biblical truth and the importance of witnessing to opponents.

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LGBTQ UMC Group’s Busy Day at General Conference

May 16, 2016

A Jericho-style march, storming the plenary floor in protest, a press conference, and non-violent protest training. LGBTQ UMC activists had a busy day at General Conference today.


United Methodist Controversy & Bric-à-brac

May 14, 2016

Not every moment at United Methodist General Conference is controversial or unpleasant.

Bishop Peter Torio

Filipino UMC Bishop Brings Greetings to Renewal Coalition

May 14, 2016

“I believe that at this time it is very important for us to affirm our connectional faith and UMC Book of Discipline as we continue to engage in mission,” declared Bishop Peter Torio.


Methodists Unofficially “Ordain” Non-Celibate Lesbian at General Conference

May 13, 2016

Although the ordination has no standing, the ceremony was timed in advance of expected votes on sexuality and marriage at the denomination’s Portland gathering, where LGBT activists hope to elevate the issue.


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.