In Monday morning action the General Conference turned town a proposal to create a position that had become known as a “set-aside” Bishop. Approval would have given the president of the Council of Bishops an opportunity to devote full-time attention to that leadership position without an annual conference assignment and responsibilities.
Commentary: 'Being equal on paper is not being equal in life'
Diligence is "required for our mission to be accomplished in seeking the full inclusion of women at all levels of leadership within The United Methodist Church," writes Dawn Wiggins Hare, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women.
Mission and Ministry
Commentary: There is danger when there is gender imbalance
The role of all men and all women within The United Methodist Church is to be disciples who make more disciples, writes Gilbert C. Hanke of United Methodist Men.
Commentary: A simple majority is a foundation of sand
A simple majority vote at General Conference provides an unstable basis for denominational unity.