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West Michigan LGBT Advocate Pitches Tent in Indianapolis

A United Methodist pastor from West Michigan is sleeping outside to protest The United Methodist Church's stances on homosexual practice. more »

Feb 4, 2016 5:57 PM Advocating Justice

Christ Rich Youth

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All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance

That's the uncomfortable thing about following the teachings and example of Jesus, writes Cynthia B. Astle – like Christ with the rich young man, we're called to sacrifice what we hold most dear to do to what God wants us to do. more »

Jan 26, 2016 12:52 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

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A Review of the 'A Place of Reason' Plan

The Rev. Chris Ritter looks at the newly emerged "A Place of Reason" proposal to create a U.S. Central Conference that would allow American United Methodists the right to create their own contextual Book of Discipline. more »

Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM 2016 General Conference 1 Comments

Social Principles

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Briefing Previews 2016 General Conference Debates

A briefing for delegates, communicators and observers in Portland, Ore., finds top issues will include an alternative decision-making process, human sexuality and structure, budget, and global expressions of church policies. more »

Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM 2016 General Conference

Star Wars Time

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2020 Vision for General Conference

While General Conference 2016 is looking pretty thin compared to 2020, there’s still plenty in store for United Methodists in May 2016, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith, who attended the recent Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Ore. more »

Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM 2016 General Conference

Longtime UMC Leaders Die in California, Texas

The United Methodist Church lost two dedicated leaders in the recent deaths of the Rev. Newell Knudson and communicator Denise Johnson Stovall. more »

Jan 28, 2016 3:13 PM Local Church

News of local United Methodist congregations.

  • UMC Ministry Gives Workers in Need Free Vehicles

    Vestavia United Methodist Church in Alabama has hit upon an unusual ministry: It provides cars for workers in need of transportation to get out of poverty and dangerous situations.

  • Veterans Ministry Continues to Provide Food Relief, Companionship

    Madison Heights United Methodist Church in Madison Heights, MI, founded a ministry to military veterans last year that includes refillable nylon backpacks stuffed with nonperishable food and other essentials.

  • Church Event Promotes Town Unity

    Getting neighbor to meet neighbor is the ultimate goal for the Hearts United Gathering on Feb. 18, co-sponsored by First UMC of Rome, Ga.

  • Historic African-America UMC Adds Museum

    Historic AfricanAmerican Janes Memorial UMC in Germantown, Pa., has started a small museum chronicling the church’s history. The archive was the brainchild of Dr. Charles Boyd, one of the church’s longtime members and its official archivist.

  • Nashville UMC gets $3.9 Million from Bequest

    Brentwood United Methodist Church in Nashville has received a $3.9 million donation from the sale of property previously owned by the Holt family, longtime benefactors of the church's mission and ministry, said the Rev. Dr. David Chappell

  • New York UMC Sponsors Ministry Cafe

    The Tutti Play Cafe, a children's ministry, opened Jan. 23 in Bayside, NY, as part of a new community outreach endeavor from BrokenBuilders Ministries, the multi-congregational Korean church operating in conjunction with the United Methodist Church,

  • Churches Bond over Mission, Friendship

    On Jan. 31, Philippian Missionary Baptist Church and Shawnee United Methodist Church in Lima, Ohio, will link arms and worship together, brought together by common mission and their pastors' friendship.


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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).


  • 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.

  • Adam Hamilton, Other Leaders Named to Advise President

    The Rev. Adam Hamilton, prominent United Methodist pastor, is among noted faith leaders named to a panel to advise President Obama on religion matters.

  • 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

  • "Mother Emanuel" AME Church Gets Peace Prize Nod

    "Mother Emanuel" AME Church has been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its efforts to promote forgiveness after nine people, including its pastor, were killed in a mass shooting.

  • 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.

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