NCJ Delegates Adopt a Covenant to Build BeLoved Community

Covenant to Build BeLoved Community United Methodism is at a crucial inflection point – facing the challenges of a global pandemic, racial injustice, impacts of climate change, denominational decline, and interdenominational strife. More than ever, we need to lean into the call of Hebrews 10:22-25 (CEB):  “Therefore, let’s draw near with a genuine heart with [...]

NCJ Delegates Name Commitment to Anti-Racism, LGBTQIA+ Inclusion

By Christa Meland* At a virtual North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference this week, delegates elected by their respective annual conferences created and overwhelmingly approved a covenant naming their commitment to anti-racism work and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Approximately 250 delegates participated in an official Zoom meeting Wednesday and Thursday, and others from across the 10-conference jurisdiction watched it live online. Delegates [...]

NCJ Delegates Talk Anti-Racism and Future, Vote to Reduce Bishops by One

By Christa Meland* When Rev. Ron Bell was in high school, his father became superintendent of the Eastern District of the Delaware Annual Conference. As their family was moving into the superintendents’ big, beautiful parsonage in Eastern Maryland, the entire local police department surrounded the house with guns drawn and told Bell and his father to [...]