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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).

  • South Carolina 'Trusting in God' After 1,000-year Flood

    Bishop L. Jonathan Holston says that South Carolinians are "trusting in God" as they recover from the devastation of recent flooding.

  • Emerging UMC Leaders Gather to 'See-Know-Love'

    More than 700 United Methodists from around the Northeastern Jurisdiction gathered in Hershey, Pa., Oct. 2-4, for a first-of-its-kind event focusing on transformational leadership, “See Know Love” aimed at the church’s youngest leaders.

  • UMC Plans Regional Office in Argentina

    In keeping with UMC efforts to become a more global denomination, the General Board of Global Ministries announces plans to open a Latin American regional office in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Liberians UMs Call for Prayer to Quell Mission Site Violence

    Liberian United Methodist leaders are calling for prayer and fasting to quell violent attacks against the church-related mission school in Ganta, reports communicator Julu Swen. The school has closed temporarily, but the UMC-related hospital is open.

  • Catholics Urged to Ordain Women as Deacons

    The most controversial proposal floated so far at the high-level, high-stakes Vatican summit on church teachings on the family had nothing to do with gays or divorce, but instead ordaining women — not as priests, but as deacons, a major breakthrough.