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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 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

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

#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

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

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 more clearly defining the concept and requirements for each category of certified lay ministry and clarifying the terminology. 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

Opening Worship: We are global and indigenous

While we are a global church, we are a “local” people. Read More

The bishops’ emphasis on prayer is most visible as they offer to pray with people during the breaks in the legislative sessions. Pairs of bishops move to places in the lobby of the Oregon Convention Center just outside the doors of the main meeting room. There they pray with anyone who asks. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

‘A fire shut up in my bones.’ God-given passion at General Conference

Passion is on display on the first day of United Methodist General Conference, and God may be speaking through it all. Read More

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The Noise of Worship at General Conference

Nearly every day at General Conference, when lay and clergy delegates from all over the world meet to renew and reset our direction as the United Methodist Church, we are treated to magnificent, creative, high quality worship services. We sing, marvel, listen, stand, bow our heads and even applaud, opening... 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