Reporter on the beat: Kathy Gilbert on guaranteed appointment

Kathy Gilbert covered this morning’s vote on the elimination of guaranteed appointment for elders in good standing in the United Methodist Church. The way the vote happened – as part of adopting the consent calendar in the morning – took some delegates by surprise. A motion to reconsider the ministry study failed later in the morning, by a vote of 564 to 373. Kathy talked with me briefly this morning.


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United Methodist Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey presides over an online meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops. Amid financial pressure and a potential denominational split, the council called for postponing elections of new U.S. bishops and urged that five new African bishops be added only as resources allow. UM News screenshot via Zoom.

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