Pray for Our Delegates

The prayers of your congregations as the General Conference gathers will be welcome and appreciated. Dan Dick, Sam Royappa and Steve Zekoff are the clergy delegates, with Amanda Stein the first reserve. Barbara Dick and Gail Burgess are the lay delegates along with Katie Crise credentialed as a seated reserve. Tom Popp will be serving as the lay reserve in Portland. 

This week, our voting delegates will be engaged in legislative committee work:

  • Dan, Church and Society 1
  • Sam, Ministry and Higher Education/Superintendency
  • Steve, Conferences
  • Barbara, Faith and Order
  • Gail, Judicial Administration
  • Katie, Financial Administration

Your delegation will be grateful for your prayers during the May 10 – 20 General Conference 2016. 

Keep Up With Our Delegates Online

Clergy Delegate Dan Dick will be updating his blog, United Methodeviations, during General Conference. He has already written several reflections: What a Difference Four Years Make?, And Are We Yet Alive?, Four Ways to Be Church, GC2016 – Day Two, and Rule Hank Aaron. Subscribe to receive new updates from Dan at his blog or leave him a comment on one of his posts, and check back for new entries soon.                                                                                                                            

May 10 Wrap-Up: Opening Worship, Rules Debate

With a drum welcome from indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, United Methodists gathered for the opening worship of 2016 General Conference, the top legislative body of the denomination. Meeting May 10-20, the 864 delegates will consider 1,000 petitions affecting the 12.3 million-member denomination. Read story.

Grassroots Group Declares Lesbian Ordained

Susan Laurie, 21 years after answering God’s call to ministry, was unofficially ordained as a United Methodist pastor by a grassroots group of LGBTQ people and supporters inside the Oregon Convention Center, including Wisconsin Rev. Amy DeLong. This ceremony is not officially recognized. The United Methodist Church does not allow “self-avowed practicing” homosexuals to be ordained. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story. Read story and post a comment.

African Delegates Worry About ʽDigital Divide’ at GC2016

At General Conference 2016, delegates wanting to be recognized to raise a parliamentary point or make a motion during a plenary session are supposed to ask for recognition by using a tablet computer. Some African delegates say their lack of experience with the technology could put them at a disadvantage. Sam Hodges reports. Read story and post a comment.