Affirmation is one of six members of the Common Witness Coalition at General Conference 2012. Read more about the Coalition.

Read our final, digital-only newspaper, published just after the General Conference adjourned!

Here are the daily newspapers we published:

By Tim Tennant-Jayne, Affirmation Co-spokesperson

On Monday the 30th, the wind was really blowing here in Tampa, FL.  First the wind would blow the tent walls of our Love Your Neighbor Tabernacle out by several feet. Then the traditional form of the tent would re-assert itself and the walls would snap back into their “proper place.” As we crossed the street for a Die-In style protest, another burst of wind led one coalition individual to cry out “Auntie Em! Auntie Em!” Even in the midst of death we still have life.



Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Concerns
Black Methodists for Church Renewal
Methodist Federation for Social Action

Native American International Caucus of United Methodists

National Association of Asian American United Methodists

Reconciling Ministries Network

April 26, 2012

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Ann Craig, Coalition Media Coordinator, (917) 280-2968, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Steve Clunn, Coalition Coordinator (518) 878-6737 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Love Your Neighbor Campaign Urges United Methodist Church to “Stand With Mark”

Advocates for full inclusion in the United Methodist Church lovingly confronted the dismissive and hurtful words, actions, and attitudes of delegates of the General Conference. The General Conference is meeting in Tampa, Florida until May 4 and will consider nearly 100 resolutions concerning the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the life of the United Methodist Church.

By Tim Tennant-Jayne, Affirmation Co-Spokeperson

General Conference 2012 is over. The delegates decided that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are still unwanted in The United Methodist Church. Now many of us are asking, “What do we do now?” Let's be honest, the results of this year's voting were depressing. Disheartening also describes it. Frustrating. After all, we'd done so much work towards this Conference.

In a world full of hatred, we can strive to love our neighbor. Stand with us as we bear witness to the radical love of God!

For Love of God and Neighbor

A Common Witness to General Conference 2012

WE ARE people committed to following Jesus Christ to embody God’s love and justice through The United Methodist Church. Ever open to the surprising movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst as we strive to love our neighbors, we embrace our unity in Christ in the midst of diverse opinions to provide a Common Witness:

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