Central Conferences

Twenty-nine U.S. annual conferences and nine regions in the Central Conferences paid the full amounts of their fair-share contributions known as apportionments, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Finance and Administration

Bishop John Yambasu

Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS

The bishops say that reorganizing United Methodism in the continent of Africa will enable the church there to do more effective ministry. more

Global Nature

Tanganyika Delegates

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

With the Commission on A Way Forward looking at "loosening" the United Methodist connectional structure, Dr. David W. Scott examines the identity of the Central Conferences around the world. more

Global Nature

LGBTQ Demonstrators

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

There's no way to avoid resolving a hard fact: for The United Methodist Church to become truly global, all sides of the debate on homosexuality must give up their all-or-nothing orthodoxies, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith. more

2016 General Conference 3 Comments

Divestment Video

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Fossil Free UMC, a movement to get the denomination to sell off all its petroleum stocks, alleges that a new Pensions Board video urging Central Conference delegates to vote against divestment crosses an ethical line. more

2016 General Conference 2 Comments

Creating a U.S. Central Conference would truly respect African United Methodists by removing all U.S.-centric issues from General Conference, writes Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

Global Nature

Central Conference Theological Commission

Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UMNS

The group administering a churchwide fund to improve theological education in regions beyond the United States has given another $1 million in grants for pastoral training in Africa, the Philippines and Europe. more

Ordained Ministry

Raphael Aboua LLP

Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

The rise of the number of local pastors shows the United Methodist Church's tension between its missional nature and its standing as an establish institution, writes David W. Scott. more

Ordained Ministry

Zimbabwe Litter

Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS

Coming just days before Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, reports from Zimbabwe and the Philippines prompt David W. Scott to ask if United Methodist Central Conferences will lead the denomination in caring for God's creation. more

Global Nature

Discipline Wesley

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

The Connectional Table's proposal to remove anti-LGBT stances from the Book of Discipline could be beneficial if adopted, but for many it doesn't go far enough, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Advocating Justice

Forbes Matonga

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The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's leadership seeks to adapt to the changing needs of The United Methodist Church. more

Ordained Ministry

David W. Scott takes stock of recent United Methodist events that have studied how to adapt the worldwide denomination for a more flexible global identity and structure. more

Global Nature

Schism Spectrum

Illustration Courtesy of Dan R. Dick

The Rev. Becca Girrell revisits some proposals to avoid UMC schism as she prepares to help revise the Social Principles. more

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Discipline Wesley

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A consultation on United Methodist ministry brings the Rev. Jim Parsons to a revelation: it makes sense to create a Global Discipline that defines United Methodist identity, but leaves church polity and administration to regional authority. more

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Cross-Flame Shirt

United Methodist News Service Photo by Mike DuBose

A report from United Methodist Communications and the Methoblog on a legislative briefing for delegates from outside the United States. more

GC Archive

The Rev. Forbes Matonga, vice dean of Africa University, gives a view from the Central Conferences on the proposed Connectional Table/Interim Operations Team restructure of The United Methodist Church. more

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