The theme for the UMC’s 2016 General Conference was, “Therefore, Go”. The kindest thing we can say about GC16 is, “it’s gone.” Our progressive coalition marched, prayed, witnessed, and sang together throughout GC, and while there were a few bright spots, the results of GC were pretty grim.
Thanks to our supporters and over 400 volunteers over the 11 days of GC, many of us sensed the presence of God within our midst. Unfortunately, we were not able to overturn the unreasonable discrimination practiced by our denomination toward our LGBTQI brothers and sisters. The GC finally approved a recommendation by the Council of Bishops to establish another commission to study the church’s stance on “human sexuality”. Only time will tell whether this will produce results, or is just “kicking the can down the road.”
There are many articles being circulated online as we reflect on the events in Portland.
Click here for the UMC News Service’s official wrap-up.
Photo Credits: R Curry, UM News Service, Jim Quinn, Dave Jerde
Rio Texas MFSA will again have a presence at the 2016 Annual Conference meetings in Corpus Christi June 9 – 12. Because of policy changes this year, we will be limited to only one table for our displays in the Exhibit Hall. We will continue to provide information at our booth about our organization and our activities. And we will sponsor our Sixth Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon.
As a result of limited space, however, we will not have a book fair as we have for the past 7 years. Please find other meaningful places to donate your used religious and spiritual books.
American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A (upstairs)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Sixth Annual Peace & Justice Luncheon
Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter
Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team
Jay Brim Rev. Laura Merrill Rev. Steve Clunn Jarell Wilson
We are pleased to have these four United Methodists share their perspectives about General Conference 2016.
· Jay Brim is a member of Westlake UMC-Austin who currently serves as Chancellor to the Bishops of the Rio Texas Conference. He is a lay delegate to GC 2016.
· Rev. Laura Merrill is District Superintendent of the El Valle District in the Rio Texas Conference. She is a clergy delegate to GC 2016.
· Rev. Steve Clunn is the coordinator of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, a partnership of 13 United Methodist Church related Caucus groups working for a just, inclusive and grace filled denomination.
· Jarell Wilson is a United Methodist candidate for ordination and a May graduate from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This is his first General Conference.
Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards.
Luncheon Cost: $12.00 in advance (by June 8); $15.00 at MFSA booth (limited number available)
From the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty:
The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out one execution this month. On June 21, Robert Roberson is scheduled to be put to death.
On Friday, May 27, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) granted a stay of execution to Charles Flores, who was scheduled to be put to death on June 2.
The State of Texas has put six people to death in 2016. There have been 14 executions nationwide. At this time, there are seven additional executions scheduled to take place in Texas through October 2016.