A conversation with the worship team

Listen to the leaders of the team who will lead worship at the special General Conference in St. Louis explain their approach to helping create a sacred experience while delegates seek to see a way forward for the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Arthur McClanahan, director of communications for the Iowa Conference, conducts the interviews.

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General Conference
The Commission on General Conference meets in August at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. Both the denomination’s bishops and finance agency are following up on commission requests. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Bishops, agency respond to GC2019 vote probe

Both bishops and the finance agency have agreed to take action following findings of voting irregularities.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Anna Blaedel (at microphone) speaks during the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2016. Blaedel is facing a church trial after being charged under the ban against ordination of a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” File photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Iowa clergyperson to face trial

The Rev. Anna Blaedel is charged with violating The United Methodist Book of Discipline as a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
General Conference
Bishops Thomas J. Bickerton (center) and Gregory V. Palmer (right) confer with colleagues on legislative procedures during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Bickerton is the Council of Bishops representative on the Commission on General Conference. The Commission on General Conference — meeting behind closed doors — reviewed an investigation that found evidence of four ineligible people casting votes using the credentials of delegates who were not present. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Improper voting at GC2019 voids key vote

An investigation into General Conference has determined that the number of ineligible voters was sufficient to affect a vote regarding how churches can leave the denomination.