Top court will take up Oliveto election in spring

Judicial Council will review a petition on the election of first gay bishop for The United Methodist Church when it meets in April 2017.

By Linda Bloom
Aug. 22, 2016 | NEW YORK (UMNS)

A petition requesting a declaratory decision on the election of a lesbian bishop will be considered by the United Methodist Judicial Council next spring.

The petition from the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction will be part of the council’s Spring 2017 meeting docket, its executive committee decided last week while meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, for orientation. Five new members of the nine-member Judicial Council were elected at General Conference 2016 in May.

Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian who previously was Read more

21st World Methodist Conference looms in Houston

Large, global crowd expected for “full-on celebration” of Wesleyan Christianity.

By Sam Hodges
Aug. 12, 2016 | UMNS

At the World Methodist Conference, church politics get checked — mostly — at the door.There’s no legislation, but plenty of preaching, teaching, singing and fellowship.

Think revival, but also think family reunion, with John Wesley as the common ancestor.

“This is a full-on celebration of the Wesleyan tradition that takes place once every five years,” said Sarah Wilke, publisher of The Upper Room, and program chair for the World Methodist Conference set for Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Houston.

As reunions go, this will be a big one, with attendance of 2,500 to 3,000 expected. Seventy percent of the early registration is from outside the United States. More than 70 denominations and other church groups will be represented, all sharing Read more

Message Through Song – Cadlaon and DePano

Today our church was graced by the presence of Jape and Katerina Cadlaon, and Katerina’s sister and brother, Pauline and Julian. The four offered a meesage through song during today’s sermon. Here are some photos from Read more