Erin Hawkins, General Secretary of the GCORR

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Day one of General Conference included presentations from the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) and the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR). Erin Hawkins, General Secretary of the GCORR, explains the monitoring the two Commissions will do to ensure that all voices are heard during GC. Both Commissions are [...]

Bishops and Black Theologians

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Bishops and African-American church leaders urge removal of ban on gay clergy.

Laity Working to Change Methodist Denomination’s Stance on Same-Sex Marriage to be Honored at Foundry UMC

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From Citybizlist. . .  ________________________________________________________ WASHINGTON, DC – Today, “Doors to Equality” – a national, laity-led campaign for marriage equality in the United Methodist denomination – announced it will hold a send-off ceremony this Sunday at Foundry United Methodist Church, commissioning nearly 50 volunteers as they prepare to attend this year’s United Methodist Church (UMC) [...]

You Can’t Take God Away From Me.

Lois McCullen Parr

Rev. Lois McCullen Parr I was leading a class study on what the Bible says about gay people, and some people in the class assured us that they did not actually know ANY people who were gay. Others in the class who said, “Sure you do, you just don’t know. You’ve said things that have [...]

Watching the Vote

Randall Miller, Sue Laurie, and Greg Dell

The New New York Times quotes United Methodist leaders Randall Miller and Reverend Karen Oliveto on United Methodists taking the next steps toward ministry to all its members and being part of a larger society that treats everyone’s family in a fair manner. Randall, an openly gay United Methodist, gave the laity address at General Conference in [...]

Bishop Celebrates Washington Marriage Equality

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Recently, Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Annual Conferences publicly expressed his disagreement with UM policy regarding same-sex marriage. We at Reconciling Ministries Network, together with our friends at Methodist Federation for Social Action and Affirmation: United Methodists, would like to thank Bishop Hagiya for speaking out in favor of our cause. Read [...]

There Is Hope

Deborah Weekley – When I was asked to talk about what gives me hope today in The United Methodist Church, I chose to write about a video my husband David and I made last summer. This video gives me hope because the Reconciling Ministries Network has included us in this project. Coming out was a [...]