Tag Archive: General Conference

Bishops uphold mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on LGBTQ inclusion

LAKE JUNALUSKA – Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality – all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on special General Conference

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference, has issued this statement: As we walk by faith and not by sight into an uncertain future in our denomination, the Council of Bishops is preparing to ask for a called General Conference in early 2019 in order to respond to the findings …

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UM theology professors to gather for conversation on unity, human sexuality

  United Methodist Communications NASHVILLE – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools announced plans to co-host a theological colloquy on “The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.” The colloquy, planned in support of the Council of Bishops, will …

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UM bishops name 32 Way Forward commission members

From: United Methodist Communications WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. “After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and 1 deacon to serve on the commission,” said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president …

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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 2016 wrap-up for May 13

A South Carolina Perspective By Jessica Brodie PORTLAND, Ore.—Legislative committees kicked their work into high gear at General Conference May 13, approving, amending, rejecting and merging hundreds of petitions that will go before the full body next week. With the controversial Rule 44 rejected the day prior, the committees dove into their work the traditional …

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Bishop Holston asks for prayers for General Conference

It’s Finally Here! Friends, The 2016 General Conference is finally here. Some 864 lay and clergy from around the world have assembled in Portland, Oregon. Beginning with a time of confession and pardon that moves into a time of thanksgiving, these delegates will meet over the next two weeks for a time of prayer and planning to shape the …

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Three S.C. UMs learn about issues, legislation at Pre-General Conference Briefing

Three S.C. UMs learn about issues, legislation at Pre-General Conference Briefing Three South Carolina United Methodist leaders headed to a Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Oregon Jan. 20-22. The Rev. Kathy James, director of Connectional Ministries for the South Carolina Conference, as well as Communications Director Matt Brodie and Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie, spent three …

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