In this week preceding Mothers Day, word circulated to United Methodists that the church had failed by a thin margin to approve two constitutional amendments affirming the equality and "rights of girls, women, and other vulnerable groups." The failure to ratify these amendments approved by the 2016 General Conference was disappointing, sending a negative message to many regarding the equality of women in The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky and the district superintendents and staff of the Greater Northwest Area offer words of comfort and conviction in this video recorded after meeting throughout the week, with this disheartening news a running subtext of conversations.
Shortly after their comments were recorded, it was announced that one of those amendments would head back to annual conferences for a new vote. A substantive mistake was uncovered in the legislation which was put before lay and clergy members necessitating this rare action.
This video was captured by Tyrone Olds and edited by the Rev. David Valera.