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Next steps in Imagine No Malaria campaign

By Crystal Caviness and Barbara Dunlap-Berg May 18, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) “Our God is able!” Celebrating the success of the Imagine No Malaria initiative, launched in 2008, speakers, singers and dancers offered even more for United Methodists attending General Conference 2016 to imagine – Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. “Health is the…

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GC2016 puts hold on sexuality debate

By Heather Hahn and Sam Hodges May 18, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) General Conference delegates apparently have hit the pause button on the denomination’s quadrennial debates related to homosexuality. Late afternoon May 18, the delegates voted by 428 to 405 to accept the recommendation of the Council of Bishops to delay a debate on homosexuality at this gathering…

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Bishops offer a way forward

AN OFFERING FOR A WAY FORWARD Galatians 3:25-29 (NRSV) 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is…

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Help keep families together

Maricela* was six years old when her mom made the heart-wrenching decision to leave her with her grandmother in Mexico so she could find work in Chicago to support her young children.  Maricela remembers standing at the window calling after her mom’s departing figure, “Mami, come back, please, I promise I’ll be good.” Her mom wasn’t…

Green light for new hymnal project

By Sam Hodges May 17, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) The United Methodist Church is on track to get its first new hymnal since 1989, and this one will be Internet-cloud based and print-on-demand — the first high-tech hymnal for a mainline denomination. General Conference 2016 approved on a consent calendar Tuesday, May 17, a…

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Bishop Dyck says go and learn mercy

By Anne Marie Gerhardt May 13, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) Pope Francis has been inspiring Bishop Sally Dyck. No, she isn’t converting to Catholicism, but she says the Pope’s announcement that a year of mercy would begin this past Advent is both compelling and inspirational. “He said ‘Go and do mercy in all the…

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Bishop Dyck preaches at GC

Bishop Sally Dyck delivered the sermon titled, “Go…Learn…Mercy”, during the morning worship on May 13, 2016 at General Conference.  

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Helping homeless with a meal and a message

By Anne Marie Gerhardt United Methodists are helping homeless persons in Portland dine with dignity during General Conference. Members of the United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA) are distributing cards made by children in churches across the connection along with meal vouchers to the Sisters of the Road Cafe, a local non-profit which is working to…

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2016 Bishop’s Appeal to support Rosecrance

In Bishop Sally Dyck’s call to the 177th Session of the Northern Illinois Conference, she announced that her 2016 Bishop’s Appeal offering will benefit Rosecrance and our Launch to Life campaign. We at Rosecrance are humbled by Bishop Dyck’s call to action. Our mission – providing help, hope and recovery to children, youth, adults and…

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NIC Delegation blessing and send off

Prayers and blessings will follow the NIC’s 16 delegates as they participate in the General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Bishop Sally Dyck helped lead a special blessing and send-off for the delegation at Wesley UMC in Naperville on April 17. Six delegates will join more than 800 others from around the world at General Conference in…