Iowa Annual Conference

Social Concerns
Pat Luna speaks during a panel discussion at the Leadership Institute, held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, Sept. 25-27. She was joined by the Revs. Adam Hamilton, Junius B. Dotson, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli and Michael Bowie. This year’s event focused on preserving, but reforming The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Annual event becomes forum on church’s future

Centrists and progressives turn Leadership Institute into discussion and strategizing session.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Anna Blaedel (at microphone) speaks during the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2016. Blaedel is facing a church trial after being charged under the ban against ordination of a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” File photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Iowa clergyperson to face trial

The Rev. Anna Blaedel is charged with violating The United Methodist Book of Discipline as a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
General Church
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, left, greets the Rev. Joey Heath-Mason immediately after ordaining him as a full elder. Photo by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Court docket reflects busy conference season

Decisions of law by bishops, conference requests for rulings and two decision requests by the Council of Bishops are on the United Methodist Judicial Council’s fall agenda.
Annual Conferences
Clockwise from top left: Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., 2018 Liberia Annual Conference, photo by E Julu Swen; worship team at 2015 California-Nevada Annual Conference, photo by Koua Vang; chalices and bread at 2015 Dakotas Annual Conference, photo courtesy of the conference; Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, 2015 Germany South Annual Conference, photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof; attendees of 2017 Kentucky Annual Conference, photo by Kathleen Barry.

Church future focus of annual conferences

Ministry with LGBTQ people could be the No. 1 topic at United Methodist annual conferences, judging from resolutions filed about this issue.

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