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We Elected Delegates, Not Representatives, to General Conference

Reclaiming General Conference as a gathering of delegates, not representatives, challenges the ability of the majority culture to silence minority voices, asserts the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more »

Feb 4, 2016 4:40 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

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Principles of Discernment Process Shared

The principles of an alternative discernment process for the 2016 General Conference were shared during a recent briefing in Portland, Ore. more »

Feb 4, 2016 6:42 PM 2016 General Conference

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Denial of 2016 General Conference Booth Sparks Protest

The Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank promoting Intelligent Design rather than evolutionary biology, has mounted a protest against the UMC's refusal to let the group exhibit at the 2016 General Conference. more »

Feb 4, 2016 4:40 PM 2016 General Conference

Ongoing Support Needed for Diversity in Academics

A new video has been released on the significance of the historically black colleges supported by The United Methodist Church. more »

Feb 11, 2016 2:21 PM Local Church

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The United Methodist Church officially opposes the death penalty: "We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings." (The Social Principles, Book of Discipline).


  • Second Ebola Prevention Video Completed

    United Methodist Communications has collaborated with Chocolate Moose Media and UNICEF Togo to create “Ebola: In Praise of Prevention,” an animated video designed to prevent the next widespread Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  • Youth Group Backs Removing UMC's Anti-LGBTQI Stances

    The Youth group of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., have posted an online petition at Change.org urging delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference to remove bans on UM clergy performing same-gender weddings.

  • Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry

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    Episcopalian Bishop Calls Anglican Censure 'Fair'

    Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry called the Anglican bishops' recent censure of his branch "fair," but added that his denomination has no intention of rescinding its support for same-gender marriages now legal in the United States.

  • General Conference guide available online

    The 2016 General Conference Guide features an overview, special events details and schedules, explains the legislative process, highlights major issues and offers basics about United Methodism. It's available at

  • Faith and the 2016 Campaign

    A Pew Center for Research study finds that voters see Republican candidates as more religious -- except for Donald Trump -- than Democratic candidates.