Voices

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

Reconciling pastor dropped from Opening Worship for direct mention of LGBTQ community

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Updated with an additional comment from #UMCGC Worship Director Rev. Laura Jaquith Barlett. Story By Patrick Scriven | Video by Rev. David Valera May 10, 2016...

We desperately need adults at General Conference  #UMCGC

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Commentary by Patrick Scriven May 15, 2016 | Portland, Oregon We desperately need adults at General Conference. The idea has passed through my head on a...

Just Tell Your Story

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"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."

An Open Letter to My Parents on Queerness and Being #CalledOut

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Dear Mom and Dad, Welcome back from the mission trip, Dad. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. While Dad was away I joined a group of over...

#UMCGC Reflection: #WhereAreTheYouth? Answer: School

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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...

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

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By Rev. Daniel Foster | Puget Sound District Superintendent The following column is republished with permission from July 8th "Spirit of Puget Sound" district newsletter...

Promised Land: Will We Step into it Faithfully?

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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...

A Dream for the Church

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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...

On Sore Feet and Broken Hearts

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By Rev. Peter K. Perry, Olympia First UMC Last Sunday we had over 50 people walking in the annual CROP Walk from First Olympia, raising...

What do I wear to General Conference?

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By Megan Kilpatrick | WJ Lay Delegate It started with a fairly innocuous question: "What do I wear to General Conference?" True to my Millennial roots,...

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