The 2016 General Conference faces a daunting task of acting on hundreds of legislative reports and petitions in only ten days. But no task at hand is more important than correcting 44 years of unconstitutional and exclusionary church law on human sexuality.
A newly devised mobile application will allow those interested in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition to follow its activities before and during the May 10-20 General Conference in Portland, Ore.
Two clergymen who were arrested demonstrating for LGBTQ inclusion at the 2000 General Conference say the “hateful music” of discrimination continues to taint The United Methodist Church.
Dr. David W. Scott examines two pieces of GC2016 legislation that propose to alter the authority and terms of United Methodist bishops.
Maybe you’ve heard the story of the guy who fell overboard into the water. Another guy tried to rescue him, only to grab different arms, legs, whatever and finding each time that a prosthetic appendage came loose. The man in the water kept yelling, “Save me!” In frustration, the would-be rescuer said, “I would, if […]
Continuing the conversation around key topics related to General Conference 2016, The Connectional Table begins a new series of #CTTalks today. #CTTalks is an online forum, a series of videos and social media conversations around key topics related to General Conference 2016.
Last week, I wrote a piece looking at the paradoxical way in which United Methodist polity both sets up bishops as the de facto respondents on behalf of the denomination to pressing political and social issues while at the same time asserting that bish…
While I was on vacation last week, a couple of blog posts from United Methodist leaders reminded me that we are in the midst of a politically divisive season. No, not that season… I’m talking about the United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2016 in Portland, which begins next month. First, Dan Dick, a theologically progressive United Methodist […]
The sign said: Silence equals Death. It was from thirty years ago when our nation’s leaders didn’t want to get involved in addressing the challenges of AIDS. Their silence led to lack of information and funding, which resulted in death to many. Today in our denomination, silence equals discrimination. Most of our Bishops and church leaders are silent in responding to our church’s position on homosexuality and the LGBTQ community. I believe their silence will result in continued discriminatory