Mark Wharff, Jim Bickerton, and Harriette Cross talk about being a mashall and page at the General Conference. Mark’s attending his 9th General Conference; he coordinates the marshall and page volunteers. Jim, father of Bishop Thomas Bickerton, is a first-time marshall. Harriette is attending her fourth General Conference as a page.
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Ccommentary: The plan of 'gracious inclusion'
The Simple Plan would relieve The United Methodist Church of the burdens of discrimination and the responsibility of enforcement by punishment, writes a Drew University Theological School professor.
Commentary: Keep the main thing the main thing
Citing the church stance on homosexuality as a mostly U.S. concern, the Rev. Edgar De Jesus writes that Filipino United Methodists are more focused on how to make the Gospel relevant.