November 8, 2018
Dear Reader,
I’m sorry. Just when our national election day is past, and you may be ready for a break, today’s UM Connector has quite a bit of church politics in it.
But the reason is that I want to be sure to give you the resources needed to be informed about the issues and dialog happening as we get closer to the Special Session of General Conference in February of 2019. I also hope you don’t get too caught up in it. No matter what, ministry happens where the people are – in our churches, at our camp and retreat sites, and in every interaction that we each have as followers of Christ.
In 2017 more than $677,000 was donated to Advance projects and missionaries around the world on #GivingTuesday. As Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday loom nearer, remember these important parts of our UMC mission. More details and information on sharing with others are below and next week's UM Connector will have a list of Advance projects you can consider supporting!
Greg Nelson, Director of Communications


Resource page offers insight to GC2019

As the special General Conference Session in February of 2019 comes closer, many people are looking for resources to learn more about the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, how General Conference will work, and how decisions made at the General Conference will affect the local church and pastors.
To help answer some of those questions Greater Northwest Area communicators have compiled some of the resources and information about the Commission’s report, General Conference, and what people are saying about the proposed plans.
New material will continue to be added as it becomes available, and communicators are planning to develop a “frequently asked questions” page to answer your questions about the upcoming session. Send questions to, and they’ll seek out answers, when possible.

Visit the resource page on the Greater Northwest Area website.


Justice for our neighbor in Central Washington

 In a time when immigrants are being demonized, it is the people we don’t often know, who need us the most. This is the place where Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) comes into play. A ministry of The United Methodist Church, hosted at Ellensburg UMC in Ellensburg, Washington, JFON seeks to support their neighbors who are most at risk and may be in peril of losing their place in the the country that they call home?

Read about JFON on the Pacific Northwest Conference website.

UMW Annual Meeting

The Oregon-Idaho Conference’s United Methodist Women has just finished its annual meeting. If you want to learn some of what happened and catch up with UMW, you can read the special edition of their newsletter, “Our Two Cents.” 

Lowell Greathouse

Spirit Alive

Lowell Greathouse took some time this week to explore the topic of Christian Discipleship. In his Spirit Alive post, he looks at how it connects to building community, correctness, and our need for certainty.

Read Lowell's post on the conference website.



Inspiring Generosity

In this week’s installment of Inspiring Generosity, Cesie Delve Scheuermann looks at how experience beyond our borders can make a difference – particularly for the person who is doing the serving. It expands understanding. It helps us see people not as “others” but as brothers and sisters in the human family. It can open our eyes and hearts in ways that watching a documentary can't.

Read Cesie's post on the conference website


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Support ministries, nonprofits on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday banner

United Methodists will come together to support vital ministry projects and missionaries around the world on #GivingTuesday as they generously #GiveUMC. Giving through The Advance empowers hundreds of dedicated project leaders and missionaries to share the love of Christ in meaningful, life-saving ways. Find a project you are passionate about and make a donation! Further support #GivingTuesday by inspiring others to #GiveUMC! Resources are available to build awareness of this day of generosity, such as social media graphics and a toolkit full of communication tips and fundraising ideas.

Bishops called to 'scriptural imagination'

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) — At a time of great stress and uncertainty in the church, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. urged his fellow bishops to trust God and use “scriptural imagination” to lead. This is Bishop Carter's first address as Council of Bishops president.

Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

Bishops sound alarm about surge in racism

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) — United Methodist bishops decried the rise of racism in the U.S. and recommitted themselves to "exposing and dismantling racism in whatever forms and wherever it presents itself."

Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

Judicial Council sets special session

ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider five petitions deferred from its fall meeting during a Feb. 19-26 special session. The session will begin just before the denomination's special General Conference, which will meet Feb. 23-26 at the America's Center Convention Complex.

Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

WCA plans new Methodist movement

MARIETTA, Ga. (UMNS) — The Wesleyan Covenant Association began working on a contingency plan for creating a new Methodist movement — in or outside the denomination. The plan depends on decisions made at the 2019 General Conference.

Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

Leaders of racial ethnic caucuses call for unity

ATLANTA — Leaders of five groups that represent the denomination's racial and ethnic constituencies list the core values they have heading into the special General Conference. Unity tops the list. “As a coalition of over 20 different racial ethnic constituents and theological perspectives, we are not of one mind on the issue of human sexuality. However, God’s call to unity does not depend on our agreement,” the leaders said in a statement.

Read their full statement.


Advance DCA available online

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate is available online as a PDF and is to be out in a print edition by Nov. 26. The ADCA is published in English, French, Portuguese and Kiswahili. Contents include legislation submitted for the special session of General Conference, set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis.
Access the online version


Have you divested from your clergyperson?

By Patrick Scriven
… Many churches are absolutely fantastic in their support of their pastors! That needs to be said. But it is also true that clergy are often caught carrying the cross of United Methodist decline in ways that are both unfair and debilitating. …


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