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Articles and commentary on or about the Pacific Northwest Conference’s delegation to the General and Western Jurisdictional Conference. #UMCGC #WJUMC

PNW WJ Fresh Summit Report

During the Western Jurisdiction Fresh United Methodism Summit, attendees received a number of reports from jurisdictional leadership and workgroups. Annual Conferences were also invited...

Did We Find Our Way Forward?

"Did we find our way forward? I think we did, just not in the way many expected or hoped," writes Inland Missional District Superintendent Gregg Sealey reflecting on the recent General Conference. Since returning home from St. Louis, he has been listening to how people here are processing the decisions made.

Looking back, and offering Life to All at #GC2019

PNW reserve delegate Rev. Sharon Moe, offers a look back at General Conferences she has participated in, often as a voting delegate, going back to 1996. Looking ahead to #GC2019, she is looking to support a plan that offers "the most grace to the greatest number of people."

How do you discern and not just decide? #UMCGC #GC2019

"How do you discern and not just decide?" PNW Clergy delegate to #UMCGC Rev. Mary Huycke offers some insight into how she addresses that question in her preparation for #GC2019

Divining expectations and discerning priorities for General Conference 2019

Marie Kuch-Stanovsky, first-elected lay delegate and head of the PNW delegation, offers her hopes and expectations for the 2019 General Conference. Marie offers some insight on how delegates will do their work together and applauds efforts to free up process for the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Preparing for the Unknown

How can we get ready for General Conference when so many things are up in the air? Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler shares how the PNW delegation has been preparing itself for the special session of General Conference later this month and offers suggestions on how United Methodists can do the same.

Remembering that God is bigger than our institutions

“Love is bigger than our structures and our fraught attempts to follow the Way of Jesus.” As she looks forward toward the 2019 General Conference in less than a month, Skylar Marston-Bihl finds herself considering the history of the denomination, and the tension that has always existed between grace and structure. Skylar is a member of the 2019 PNW delegation to General Conference and the first-elected lay delegate for 2020.

PNW delegates share their hopes for General Conference 2019

Introduction by Patrick Scriven Last week I had the opportunity to spend a day with our Pacific Northwest Delegation to the 2019 General Conference. As...

Rev. Mary Huycke hopes for Spirit-led discernment at 2019 General Conference

First-elected PNW Clergy Delegate to General Conference 2019, Rev. Mary Kohlstaedt Huycke, shares this short message expressing her hopes for the time next month in February. One hope is that delegates will engage not in "decision-making" but in real discernment that is open to the Holy Spirit.

Living Fully with Risk and Responsibility

By Rev. Mary K. (Sellon) Huycke I’m not a rule breaker. I’m not someone at the forefront of marches or instigating movements. As a leadership coach,...