As you read this, delegates from around the world are arriving or have already arrived in Portland, Oregon, for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. I will be there, reporting on the important conference and gathering stories for a special issue of response dedicated to the event. Other United Methodist Women colleagues will be there, as staff, visitors and voting delegates. Your prayers are needed and felt.
General Conference is the top policymaking body of The United Methodist Church, which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for churchwide programs. Our Church, with United Methodist Women an important part of it, is a great force for justice and love when we allow the Holy Spirit to move us and not dig in our heels. At some point in our lives we’ve all likely ignored a nudge from the Spirit, or outright fought it, but we’ve confessed ourselves people of faith, followers of Jesus, and have thus promised to believe in God’s abundance and
God’s trust. All are worthy in God’s eyes. We are capable of Beloved Community. I hope this issue reminds you of all we can accomplish when we put faith, hope and love into action—together.