Well That Just Happened

As Annual Conference comes to a close, we give thanks for the tremendous work that was done. And now, S. A. King encourages us to take a Sabbath rest.. “Set aside time to simply be with God. Still your heart and mind. Turn off the noise.”

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S. A. King
Planting Olive Trees at the End of the World

“Hope is being unleashed,” proclaimed S. A. King as he encourages us to join him in planting olive tree seeds at the end of the world. This hope has inspired him to answer a call he’s been resisting for many years. Where is the Spirit calling you?

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S. A. King
The Movement of the Spirit

“I had quite a roller coaster of a day yesterday,” reflected S. A. King. “The Holy Spirit was in ALL of that. The Spirit was in the voting. The Spirit was moving in the dancing and smiles and laughter. And the Holy Spirit was and continues to be moving in the lives of our spiritual siblings who call themselves Traditionalists or Conservatives or Fundamentalists.“

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S. A. King
More Than a Meeting

As we prepare to begin Annual Conference tomorrow, S. A. King reminds us how important our work will be. “Following the incredibly painful results at GC2019, many of us have woken up to the reality that what we do at Annual Conference this year is a matter of life and death.”

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S. A. King
My Life with Joe

After Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor’s husband admitted to himself and his family that he was gay, they worked together to build the next chapter in their lives. Leigh Anne reflects on her experience, “I believe that what God has done for our family, God can do for the church. I wonder if the church has the courage to choose to tell the truth, to choose acceptance, to choose forgiveness, to choose love.”

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Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor
An LGBTQ+ Perspective on UMCNext

UMCNext gave Mark Elder hope. Holy work was done and as a gay man, Mark felt affirmed. “If you doubt a new thing is possible, “ Mark shared, “I can proclaim that it is indeed possible and that I saw a glimpse of a new thing at UMCNext in Kansas City.”

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Mark Elder
Why I Will Be Voting The List

As we prepare to vote for General Conference delegates on June 20, David Hindman reminds us why it's important to join together and vote for the recommended list of nominees. "I have never voted for a list of candidates. At this Annual Conference, I will."

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Rev. David Hindman
What happened at UMCNext?

"UMCNext was a long, intense, and sometimes difficult gathering. But it was a hope-filled one." Grace Han shared in her reflections on last week's UMCNext conference. "It made me realize the power and diversity of our connection and I was hopeful for where God is calling us next."

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Rev. Grace Han
Reflections on UM-Forward

Lee Schriber shares his reflections on the recent UM-Forward Summit. "Radical solidarity is more than tolerance, more than acceptance, more than friendship, and even more than ally-ship. Radical solidarity means standing close enough to the oppressed that you risk being hit by the stones that are being hurled at us."

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Lee Schriber
Visibility

"Here's the point: We have to be visible."  Click below to read more of Rev. Deborah Lewis' call to each of us: "The new thing is on its way and we are the midwives.  So roll up your sleeves and get to work.  Be heard and be seen.  Be unmistakably visible and unapologetically inclusive."

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Rev. Deborah Lewis
I have a dream for Africa

We asked Nancy Robinson to share her reflections on the UMC in Africa as we prepare for General Conference 2020. "The voices of those who disagree are silent, a possible majority who have learned not to challenge the authority of the leader.  What is needed are leaders in the Central Conferences who have the ability to cross cultures and lead with conscience."

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Rev. Nancy Robinson