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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...
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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, my work is generally behind...

A PNW delegate’s perspective on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto

By Megan Kilpatrick | Western Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Friends in Christ, There has been a lot said about what happened at our Jurisdictional Conference this last week. I wanted to provide some...

#UMCGC Reflection: Standing at the Threshold

By Rev. Kay C. Barckley May 25, 2016 From numerous vantage points, the impressive glass spires of the Oregon Convention Center appear to rise unattached into the sky – neither grounded to...

The ministry right in front of us – #UMCGC

By Megan Kilpatrick I've been decompressing from General Conference--there's been a lot that's happened over the past two weeks. A lot of meanness and ugliness and division, in a space...

The seductive energy of division – #UMCGC

By Rev. Mary K. (Sellon) Huycke The morning after I left General Conference I felt strangely adrift. But, while finishing my breakfast, an NPR interview with author Sebastian Junger offered an...

PNW Delegation takes on fossil fuel investment #GC2016

Updated to correct vote count on Minority Report By Pam Brokaw May 20, 2016 | Portland, Oregon While United Methodists seeking divestment from fossil fuels mounted a spirited campaign on behalf of...

#UMCGC Reflection: A Prayer for Old White Men

By David Reinholz May 19, 2016 | Portland, Oregon Dear God, I’m an old, white, heterosexual man. I have as much privilege as any segment of our population in the United...

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