Sumo Wrestlers

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Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj reflects on the 2012 General Conference from the perspective of an Asian American United Methodist, a minority group whose experience he believes can help the UMC move into a vital future. Read more



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Dollar General (Conference)

The Rev. Dan Dick has some sobering reflections on General Conference's focus on finances as the motivator for discipleship -- or "disciple lite," as he puts it.. Read more

May 1, 2012 9:37 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Exclusion Protest

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What Must Inclusivity Exclude?

Rev. Morgan Guyton looks at the biblical underpinnings used to exclude some people from The United Methodist Church, and why it's time they were re-interpreted. Read more

Apr 28, 2012 6:27 PM Morgan Guyton

Young Clergy

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How will you avoid creating a CYA culture, #GC2012?

Rev. Morgan Guyton questions whether the proposed changes in clergy accountability will reduce The United Methodist Church's culture to a religious equivalent of the disastrous "No Child Left Behind" program Read more

Apr 28, 2012 6:18 PM Morgan Guyton

Feeling Bullied

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Bullying and Humanity at General Conference

Although not a witness to the event, Rev. Morgan Guyton has some thoughts about the treatment of delegate Mark Miller and the issue of bullying at General Conference. Read more

Apr 27, 2012 12:59 PM Morgan Guyton 4 Comments

Feeling Bullied

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Hitting the Hard Stuff

Rev. Dan Dick responds to the ways in which General Conference has been confronted by its most difficult issue: the church's relationship with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people Read more

Apr 27, 2012 12:51 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Ecumenical Guests

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Emotions ran high at General Conference April 26 and 27 as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered delegates reported feeling bullied by the "holy conversation" on human sexuality. The next morning delegates were greeted by lines of demonstrators silently protesting the exclusion of LGBT people from The United Methodist Church. Read more

Round Tables

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Worship, holy conferencing and presentations on major issues marked General Conference proceedings April 25-26. Read more

Amory Peck

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Amory Peck, whose part of the 2012 Laity Address was hailed as inspirational, discloses her sex orientation as a lesbian in advance of General Conference's "holy conversation" on human sexuality. Read more

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Word Cloud

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Andrew Conard, web minister for the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, has collected tweets from the opening days of General Conference to analyze the content of the Twitter conference #gc2012. Read more

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