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  • Judicial Council 2016-2020

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    Judicial Council to meet in October

    NEW YORK (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council, including new members elected during General Conference 2016 in May, has scheduled its fall session for Oct. 25-28 in Chicago. The newly elected council also will have an orientation meeting in August. more »

  • Rev. Jacques Hamel

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    Pope Francis Condemns Slaying of French Priest

    Pope Francis condemned the murder of Rev. Jacques Hamel, 86, calling it a “barbarous killing” as the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the brutal attack at a Catholic Church in northern France. Armed men burst into the church in the small town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy and slit Pere Hamel's throat as he was celebrating Mass before a small group of mostly elderly Catholics on July 26. more »

  • Tim LaHaye

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    Tim LaHaye, Evangelical Leader and ‘Left Behind’ Co-author, Dead at 90

    Tim LaHaye was a pastor, religious broadcaster and founder of Christian high schools and co-author of the popular "Left Behind" series of apocalyptic novels. more »

  • More Victims and Offenders Come Together to Make Their Own Justice

    Restorative justice -- an idea backed by The United Methodist Church -- is now practiced in 35 states, especially with juvenile offenders, reports the Pew Charitable Trusts. more »


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"“It is easy to say that what happens in culture and society and business or even in our own homes is not the concern of people of faith like you and me. [But beyond “saving souls and helping needy individuals”]  ... our faith makes it very clear that our corporate response to the evil in this world is just as important.”

– Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, quoted in "The Divided Soul of the Democratic Party" by David Gibson on Religion News Service.


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).