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2016 Pre-Conference Briefing Coming Up

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United Methodist Communications to host 2016 Pre-General Conference Briefing, Jan. 20-22


October 5, 2015

NASHVILLE: United Methodist Communications will be hosting a time of preparation for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church at the Pre-General Conference Briefing on January 20-22 in Portland, Oregon.

The briefing will inform delegates, church and secular journalists, and other interested parties about topics that will be considered by the denomination’s legislative body when it meets May 10-20 in Portland.

At the briefing, attendees will learn how General Conference will operate and how it will be different from previous conferences, as well as discuss major legislation, Christian conferencing and key activities. This opportunity is especially helpful for first-time delegates as they prepare for their new role.

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LGBTQ leaders Respond to GC Commission

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PRESS RELEASE: Methodist LGBTQ leaders respond to General Conference Commission meeting

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 1:50 pm

April 21, 2015
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Methodist LGBTQ leaders respond to General Conference Commission meeting

April 21, 2105, Portland, OR – The General Commission on the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the body organizing the church’s 2016 quadrennial governing meeting, General Conference, invited leaders from LGBTQ rights groups within the UMC to meet with it in closed session on April 20.

Following the meeting, the LGBTQ representatives – Dorothee Benz, Matt Berryman, Bridget Cabrera, Amy DeLong and Chett Pritchett – issued the following statement:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 12:42

Co-Spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne: RIP

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Tim Tennant-JayneTim Tennant-Jayne:
Affirmation Co-spokesperson Dies

"There are some people that I can sit in silence with a know I have been in the presence of God. Tim Tennant-Jayne was one of those people. Thank you for your quiet, powerful presence. You have taught me much and it has been my privilege to know and love you. Go with God, dear friend." -- Lyn

"I am weeping at learning that Tim Tennant-Jayne has passed away. I can't even adequately express my anger at the United Methodist Church that these saints are passing away without getting to see the change they tirelessly worked for. How many years do they/we have to be dead before an official apology? Tim and Bill made it possible for me to survive the last General Conference. I will greatly miss Tim's fierce and gentle soul. My condolences to all who loved him." -- Joy

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:53

Frank Schaefer Reinstated!

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The Reverend Frank Schaefer Reinstatement

For Immediate Release, Wednesday June 25, 2014

By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Laci Lee Adams

Affirmation congratulates the Rev. Frank Schaefer for standing strong and making the case to be reinstated as a United Methodist elder in full connection.  As The United Methodist Church continues to prayerfully learn how to be in ministry with all of God's children, it is wrong to prosecute a father who performed the wedding for his gay son.  Hopefully this will be the beginning of a time where we can live together in our differences.

For decades the United Methodist church has denied full inclusion to LGBTQ Christians who are called to be ordained clergy or who want to have services of marriage performed in our churches.  We are witnessing the first rays of the new day when the church will support the whole human family, including those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).  Affirmation stands with those who are being prosecuted for their identity and for the faithful allies like Rev. Schaefer who are faithfully being obedient to God's call and to the biblical message of love.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:49

Marriage Equality Progress

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For Immediate Release, Tuesday December 24, 2013

By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne

The Affirmation Council wonders at the work of the Holy Spirit in our land.  New Mexico and Utah have seen judicial action open the doors for same gender marriage.  Justice has prevailed as full participation replaces discrimination.  This Christmas season has shown that God’s justice is possible.  Nor does that justice only burst forth in official church settings.  Affirmation calls on all jurisdictions to join the 18 states and the District of Columbia that welcome all to marry.  We long for the day that people in all states and nations will be included in society regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

We continue to call on United Methodists to lead in the cause of justice.  Not only do we work to open our church for all people, but we also work to live in God’s love in all the world.  Affirmation longs for the day that our leaders will stop persecuting and start calling for prophetic change.  Justice is incomplete until all the world lives without fear.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:55
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