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GC2016 Issues Blog

July, 2017

 

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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

Farmers (many of them Lumads) stage a die-in protest along General Santos-Cotabato national highway in Koronadal City, Philippines, to raise their demand to the government for the immediate release of calamity funds and justice to the farmers of North Cotabato who were violently dispersed last April 1 in Kidapawan City.

Commentary: GC2016 will hear Lumad plight

The Lumads, indigenous peoples in the Philippines, are on a pilgrimage in the United States to tell their stories of struggle and hope. Read More

The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens

Commentary: Who really has a say at General Conference?

ʽVoice’ matters more than voting percentages, and most voices are white, male, American Read More

Erin Hawkins, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Religion and Race agency charts new future

Commission and Religion and Race beginning conversations with the Commission on the Status and Role of Women on aligning the agencies' work. Read More

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Judicial Council upholds security of appointment

The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members. Read More

A response to A.W. Martin’s open letter to liberal or progressive friends

On October 1st, the United Methodist News Service published a blog post entitled An Open Letter to Liberal or Progressive Friends by A. W. Martin. Read More

Bishop Warner Brown views results of a May 2 vote at General Conference, where delegates overwhelmingly defeated a motion to divest from corporations whose products are used by the Israeli military in the occupied Palestinian territories. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Delegates reject divestment from companies

After hearing passionate arguments, General Conference chooses ‘positive, rather than punitive options’ in Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More