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

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...

#UMCGC Reflection: Who gets to belong?

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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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

#UMCGC Reflection: Steeped in the holy silence

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By Sue Magrath May 14, 2016 | Portland, Oregon I sit in the prayer room, steeped in the holy silence. I am a spiritual director, available...

#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...

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

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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...

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,...

The Climate Vigil at General Conference

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By Jesse Love May 13, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. The General Conference Climate Vigil sent a powerful message to delegates and guests: now is the time for...

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