Singing interrupts morning session

Singing interrupted the resumption of the General Conference on Thursday morning. Following the rejection of a compromise proposal to acknowledge that the Church is divided in it’s mind on homosexuality and a proposed amendment to paragraph 161.F of the Book of Discipline, supporters of a more inclusive stance remained on the floor of the assembly. They asked the question, in song, “What does the Lord require of you?”

Bishop Mike Coyner, presiding officer for the second half of the morning, closed the session early because of the continuing witness.

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Social Concerns
The Rev. Connie Semy Mella, Philippines Conference, works on the Revised Social Principles during a writing session at the United Methodist Building in Washington. The Revised Social Principles has been on an eight-year journey and the writing team included United Methodists from the global membership of the denomination. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Revised Social Principles reflect worldwide church

The Revised Social Principles has been on an eight-year journey and the writing team included United Methodists from the global membership of the denomination.
General Church
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General Church
The Rev. Joe Kim, Bothell United Methodist Church, Washington, presents his table’s concept for a visioning team to take ideas from the summit and make a report to the 2020 Western Jurisdiction. Photo by Charmaine Robledo.

Gathering dreams of inclusive future

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