General Conference 2016

Recap – Day Ten

By Joey Butler United Methodist News Service

General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020, a slight increase over the $603.1 million approved at the 2012 General Conference. It is also an … Read More

General Conference 2016 Comes to an End

Looking forward to being the church outside of the four walls of conference, the United Methodist Church’s global quadrennial gathering known as General Conference came to an end on Friday, May 20, 2016.

In addition to disruptive protests and contentious … Read More

Recap – Day Nine

By Joey Butler United Methodist News Service

A day after tabling potentially contentious legislation on human sexuality, General Conference 2016 moved through its calendar at a steady clip, possibly noticing that time to finish its task is running short. Though … Read More

Tran Elected to Judicial Council

Rev. Luan-Vu “Lui” Tran (Lakewood First UMC) has been elected to the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church by General Conference 2016, the first Vietnamese-Swiss-American to be elected.

“I was very surprised by the outcome of the elections, given … Read More

Recap – Day Eight

Last week it was debating how to debate. Today, it was voting on whether to vote. A day of tension, frustration and confusion ended in a decision to “put a pin in it.” Delegates to General Conference 2016 spent most … Read More

Recap – Day Seven

By Joey Butler United Methodist News Service

General Conference 2016 may have started off slowly, but it’s full steam ahead now. On a day with a full docket, delegates considered whether to give $20 million to a group of church … Read More

A Pastoral Response to A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders

We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock.  Our hearts break knowing that some United Methodists from their suffering and vulnerability have written a love letter to our church at great risk to themselves.  … Read More

Council of Bishops President Explains Conversations on Church Reimagination

This morning, Bishop Bruce R. Ough (Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area), President of the Council of Bishops, informed the General Conference that the Council of Bishops is concerned about the divisions in The United Methodist Church. He was referring to the divisions … Read More

Recap – Day Six

By Joey Butler United Methodist News Service

Before tackling the pile of petitions before them, delegates to General Conference 2016 voted to fill vacancies in key positions on the Judicial Council, the University Senate and the Commission on General Conference. … Read More