General Conference marshall and page ministry

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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The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain

A former Judicial Council president examines constitutional issues presented by plans for the future of The United Methodist Church.
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Delegates hold hands and pray during the Feb. 23, 2019, opening plenary of the special session of General Conference held in St. Louis. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Q&A: What delay means for General Conference

Organizers answer questions about what the postponement to 2021 means for The United Methodist Church’s lawmaking assembly.
The Rev. Byron Thomas. Photo courtesy of Ben Hill United Methodist Church

Black father prepares sons for racial injustice

“I have no positive to give you,” one son says. In a commentary, the Rev. Byron Thomas calls on white fathers to teach their sons about racial injustice, too.