Voices

Perspectives from the pew and the pulpit on the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. #UMCGC

Just Tell Your Story

"Story telling just hasn’t made enough difference." Amory Peck, former PNW Conference Lay Leader and delegate to a number of General Conferences, shares her story of advocating for change in The United Methodist Church and her take on the Uniting Methodist Movement. She believes their proposal to be a overreaching call for unity in the church "done on the backs of too, too many children of God."

Another perspective on the “Action of Non-Conformity with the General Conference”

By Rev. Daniel Foster | Puget Sound District Superintendent The following column is republished with permission from July 8th "Spirit of Puget Sound" district newsletter under the heading "Daniel's Desk."  Friends, As...

With Heart, Soul, and Mind: Not Everything that Matters Happens When People Vote

By Rev. Lowell Greathouse May 24, 2016 "Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful...

A Dream for the Church

By Rev. Richenda Fairhurst May 20, 2016 | Camas, Washington I dreamed last night of people gathered around a table. They sat against earthy plush cushions—real people made of clay. Seating style...

Promised Land: Will We Step into it Faithfully?

By Rev. Dr. William D. Gibson May 19, 2016 | Portland, Oregon Being at the 2016 General Conference has been an emotionally exhausting experience. Because of the dividing debate on human sexuality...

#UMCGC Reflection: A New Unity — a gift from and to the local church

By Rev. Richenda Fairhurst May 18, 2016 | Portland, Oregon We who pastor at the local church level are by and large leading struggling churches. Today’s pastoral leaders are tasked to lead...

#UMCGC Reflection: Are we doomed to repeat history?

By Rev. Monica Corsaro 2016 | Portland, Oregon At General Conference we celebrated our many partnerships with our ecumenical brothers and sisters in Christ. In particular we celebrated our relationship with the African...

#UMCGC Reflection: #WhereAreTheYouth? Answer: School

By Brianna Smith May 17, 2016 How much do you want us? During General Conference, I’ve noticed that adults are asking the question, “Where are the youth delegates?” It seems to me...

#UMCGC Reflection: Who gets to belong?

By Rev. Richenda Fairhurst May 17, 2016 | Portland, Oregon If anyone ever belonged at the Oregon Convention Center, it is me. I have had the opportunity of attending General Conference simply by...

#UMCGC Reflection: At the Edges

By Kristina Gonzalez May 16, 2016 | Portland, Oregon I am a General Conference junky. I admit it. This is my fifth General Conference. I attended in 2000 as a reserve...

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