Category Archive: GC2016

Therefore, go: GC2016 post-event overview wrap-up

By Jessica Brodie PORTLAND, Ore.—They came together in worship and prayer to decide the business of The United Methodist Church. And at the end of it all, they remained a united United Methodist Church with a new way forward that delegates hope reflects God’s will. Sixteen South Carolina delegates were among the 864 United Methodists …

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Council of Bishops meets post-General Conference

Council of Bishops meets post-General Conference Portland, Oregon: The United Methodist Council of Bishops met on May 21 following the close of General Conference for worship and prayer for the ongoing unity of The United Methodist Church. The Saturday meeting was planned prior to presenting “An Offering for a Way Forward” to the 2016 General …

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Jessica Brodie’s General Conference May 18 wrap-up: A South Carolina perspective

May 18 began with worship featuring Bishop James Swanson Sr., Mississippi Episcopal Area, who preached on resisting the chaos of evil, which “loves to party” and always seeks to draw others in. Then, in a triumph over the evil of malaria, General Conference launched into a full-scale celebration of The United Methodist Church’s strides toward …

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GC2016: UMC approves ‘way forward’ for church amid divisiveness over sexuality

By Jessica Brodie PORTLAND, Ore.—United Methodists now have a new way forward when it comes to uniting The United Methodist Church on human sexuality and other divisive matters. General Conference voted 428-405 May 18 to approve a proposal by the Council of Bishops, “An Offering for a Way Forward.” The plan recommends that General Conference …

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United Methodists Celebrate Success of Imagine No Malaria

United Methodists Celebrate Success of Imagine No Malaria Event Marks Launch of Abundant Health Campaign Portland, Oregon: United Methodist members and leaders, global health innovators and an “American Idol” star took the stage today to celebrate the success of Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church aimed at ending …

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Rev. Tim McClendon speaks to SEJ Delegates

S.C. episcopal nominee McClendon speaks before SEJ delegates By Jessica Brodie PORTLAND, Ore.—South Carolina’s episcopal nominee Dr. Tim McClendon had the opportunity to speak before Southeastern Jurisdiction delegates at General Conference May 18. McClendon, along with several others hoping to be elected as bishop at the SEJ Conference July 13-15, took to the podium at …

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Dr. David Braddon: New UMC Hymnal

S.C.’s Braddon lifts up new hymnal authorized at GC2016 By Jessica Brodie PORTLAND, Ore.—General Conference approved May 17 legislation authorizing a new Internet-based-cloud United Methodist hymnal that will be available both digitally and in print. South Carolina lay delegate Dr. David Braddon, on the board of the United Methodist Publishing House, explained that the General …

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Rev. Narcie Jeter: General Conference language barrier

S.C. delegate applauds GC2016 move to translate Discipline into UMC official languages By Jessica Brodie PORTLAND, Ore.—One South Carolina delegate stands in strong support of a decision to make the United Methodist Book of Discipline available in all the member languages of the denomination. The body passed May 17 a petition (60591) to translate the …

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Jessica Brodie’s General Conference May 17 wrap-up: A South Carolina perspective

By Jessica Brodie PORTLAND, Ore.—Tuesday at General Conference featured a day of angst, mistrust and protest for some while others stood fast and faithful in a deep desire for a united United Methodist Church that welcomes all and embraces the middle. Amid General Conference business that ultimately included rejection of term limits for bishops and …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on church unity

Bishop Ough made a statement today during General Conference on behalf the of the Council of Bishops calling for church unity after rumors of a split in The United Methodist Church. South Carolina Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston wrote a statement in response to share with South Carolina United Methodists. Read more, including delegate reactions here. Below …

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