General and Jurisdictional Conferences

Read New Blog Posts from Dan Dick

Clergy Delegate Dan Dick has written new blog posts recapping his latest General Conference experiences on his blog, United Methodeviations: Crowdsourcing General Conference, GC2016- Day Five, We Have a New Story to Tell, and A Tale of Two Conferences. Check back for more updates from Dan and other Wisconsin representatives tomorrow!

Prayers, Paper Lanterns at Climate Vigil

An evening climate vigil May 12 featured lanterns lit by small LED lights, music and testimony from United Methodists around the world and a prayer space outside the General Conference legislative sessions. Linda Bloom has the story, which features a photo of our delegate Katie Crise. Read story and post a comment,

May 13 Wrap-Up: Laity Address, State of the Church Report

After several days where General Conference delegates were clearly divided over Rule 44, on Day Four, they were urged repeatedly to work together, and shown examples of the good the church can do when it heeds that advice. In other news, demonstrations surrounding climate change, immigration and the church's stance on homosexuality were held. Joey Butler reports. Read story and post a comment.

Bishop Dyck Says Pope Inspired Her

During Friday morning worship, Bishop Sally Dyck said Pope Francis has inspired her with his announcement calling for a year of mercy. She isn't converting, but said she wants to be "part of a church that has a year of mercy, a decade of mercy, a millennium of mercy." Anne Marie Gerhardt has the story.  Read story and post a comment.

What Can Churchgoers Do Together?

Throughout Friday morning, the delegates heard news that might surprise some: United Methodists together are doing great things that bring God's reign into the world. Both the Connectional Table, which coordinates the work of church agencies, and the General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination's finance agency, gave reports that highlighted the good United Methodists do as a global church. Heather Hahn reports. Read story and post a comment.

Immigration Rally Calls for End to Deportations

For United Methodists gathering for lunchtime witness on May 13 at the Oregon Convention Center plaza, the phrase "Stop deportations" was a rallying cry. As the Rev. Rosanna Panizo, academic dean of the Methodist seminary in Peru, pointed out, faith both inspires and demands that Methodists take a stand on immigration rights. Linda Bloom reports. Read story and post a comment,

Bumpy Start for GC2016

The third day of General Conference 2016 saw more conflict over whether delegates should use iPads or old-fashioned placards to signal a desire to speak on the plenary floor. Some participants said prolonged debate over rules and procedures illustrated the lack of trust here and the challenges of being a global church. Sam Hodges reports. Read story and post a comment.