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An open letter to The United Methodist Church

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Northern Illinois Conference at its meeting on Thursday, May 19 unanimously voted that “It’s time” to make explicit and public a policy of our board. The policy states: “We publicly affirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and straight candidates will be given equal consideration and…

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GC2016 May 20 wrap-up: Budget passes, with increase

By Joey Butler May 20, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) Budget passes with slight increase 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 increase over the $599 million budget proposed…

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Next steps in Imagine No Malaria campaign

By Crystal Caviness and Barbara Dunlap-Berg May 18, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) “Our God is able!” Celebrating the success of the Imagine No Malaria initiative, launched in 2008, speakers, singers and dancers offered even more for United Methodists attending General Conference 2016 to imagine – Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. “Health is the…

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GC2016 puts hold on sexuality debate

By Heather Hahn and Sam Hodges May 18, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) General Conference delegates apparently have hit the pause button on the denomination’s quadrennial debates related to homosexuality. Late afternoon May 18, the delegates voted by 428 to 405 to accept the recommendation of the Council of Bishops to delay a debate on homosexuality at this gathering…