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A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications.

Becoming the Person God Created You to Be

Bishop Laurie Haller describes how spiritual growth is "a journey toward knowing not only who God created us to be but who God is calling us to become." Read More

This week the United Methodist Church has tried to model an approach to disagreement that the U.S. political system would do well to emulate. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Americans are more polarized than ever. We United Methodists don’t want to be.

The United Methodist Church has tried to model an approach to disagreement that the U.S. political system would do well to emulate. Read More

Commentary: Overcoming the brink of schism

With the enormous issues and overwhelming debate on each that confronts The United Methodist Church today, General Conference 2016 has managed to do some holy conferencing. Read More

Sand Creek Massacre Site

Pilgrimage of Healing: Sand Creek Massacre-Personal Reflection

It takes a village to make a pilgrimage of healing. A journey of healing is not an individual act, but a collective act. Read More

Telley Gadson

Staying in touch at General Conference: UM pastor uses nightly conference calls to keep connected

One pastor and alternate delegate to the United Methodist 2016 General Conference uses daily calls to stay connected with her church back home. Jessica Brodie has the story. Read More

God-led hospitality gesture at GC2016 underscores United Methodist connection

A reservation snafu was the catalyst launching two strangers into a friendship for life. Read More

Ecumenical guests

Ecumenical Day: Advancing toward unity

Perhaps it was fitting to have the whole morning devoted to promoting ecumenism, for ecumenism is about bringing unity among Christians. Read More

#Pagelife: Perspective on what it’s like to serve as a GC2016 page

They run notes, deliver coffee and so much more. Here is one woman's perspective on what it's like to be a page at General Conference. Read More

Methodist Churches from Latin America

Relationship Matters:  Methodist churches around the world in search for unity

What makes our unity possible? Healing and unity happen when we build relationships with one another with mutual respect as partners in ministry. Read More

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Christians and Virtual Reality

How will Christians engage virtual reality in ways that honor God and serve our neighbors? Read More

Rev. Matt Rawle often finds God's presence in the ordinary, like mowing his backyard. Photo in the Public Domain.

We don’t have to be, but are

Rev. Matt Rawle often finds God's presence in the ordinary, like when he is mowing his backyard. Read More

The main thing

At General Conference, what is the main thing? The Rev. Laura Easto shares her reflection. Read More

Laity called to live ever-blessing, ever-blessed

General Conference delegate urges people in the pews to go out, connect with people, offer hope, engage the world, make disciples. #UMCGC Read More

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar preaches at the May 14 worship service at the United Methodist 2016 General Conference. Photo by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist Communications.

Pentecost, General Conference, and the Spirit of God

The Holy Spirit empowers the followers of Jesus to overcome that which separates us so we can share the gospel with the world. Read More

The Grammy Award-winning indie folk rock duo Indigo Girls sing about love, faith and social justice during a Reconciling Ministries Network benefit May 13 during General Conference. Photo by Matt Brodie, UMNS.

Indigo Girls call on United Methodists to love, support all people

Calling their concert “one big love-fest,” indie folk rock duo the Indigo Girls headlined a benefit concert on May 13. Read More

We ARE they

Words matter, especially when talking about "we" versus "they." Read More

Pentecost illustration by Cindy Caldwell

God isn’t done showing up among the people

Only the intrusion of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost will cause us to stop producing new rules and begin practicing the ones we already have received. Read More

Discipleship Ministries staff embark on their daily walk to the Oregon Convention Center.

Walkers challenge us to be difference-makers

When several staff at Discipleship Ministries challenged each other for a “Fitbit” exercise session each day at General Conference, they ended up being challenged to do much more. Read More

A Road to Clarification: Certified lay ministry

Many leaders, including conference lay leaders, are welcoming petitions that reference certified lay ministry in the Book of Discipline. A number of petitions have been submitted with the goal of... Read More

Delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference consider their hopes and dreams for the legislative meeting. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Separate but together: Living as individuals in community

Day 2 of The United Methodist Church 2016 General Conference had moments to acknowledge one's need for individuality in the midst of living within a community. Read More