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The Rev. William K. McElvaney (seated), 85, conducts a religious wedding ceremony for George Harris, 80, and Jack Evans, 84, at a Disciples of Christ church in Dallas on March 1. Messrs. Harris and Evans are members of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas and have been together as a couple for 53 years.

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Dallas Pastor Who Performed Same-Sex Wedding Faces Complaint

The Rev. Bill McElvaney has disclosed that a complaint has been filed against him for officiating at the March 1 religious wedding of two gay men. more »

Mar 21, 2014 by in Issues

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Law, Grace and Bishop McLee

Bishop Martin D. McLee's courage in calling "time out" on clergy trials in New York Conference gives the entire denomination breathing space to listen for God's guidance regarding LGBT relationships. more »

Mar 10, 2014 by in Perspectives (2 Comments)

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New York to Forego Clergy Trials over Same-Sex Marriages

Dr. Thomas Ogletree will not face a church trial for having presided at his gay son's wedding, while Bishop Martin D. McLee suspends trials for clergy accused of performing same-sex marriages. more »

Mar 10, 2014 by in Issues (2 Comments)

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (center wearing suit) thanks the members of the Coalition Allied for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) for their support of the city's updated non-discrimination ordinance. Some Travis Park UMC members participate in CAUSA.

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Travis Park UMC Helped Get San Antonio Non-Discrimination Law Passed

Members of San Antonio's oldest United Methodist congregation, Travis Park UMC, followed the Social Principles in their support of add protections for LGBT people and military veterans to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. more »

Sep 24, 2013 by in Issues (1 Comments)

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Just like Luke Skywalker of "Star Wars" fame, brave and gifted younger clergy are giving new hope for The United Methodist Church's future.

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A New Hope

Just like Luke Skywalker of "Star Wars," brave and gifted young clergy are giving new hope of a more compassionate, more inclusive, more Christ-like future for The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle more »

Apr 9, 2014 by in Views from a Ridge

Paul Woodroffe's 1902 Two Light Stained Glass Window in St Ethelbert's Church in Herringswell. Suffolk, titled "Suffer little children." Here in the right hand light Jesus gathers children to him.

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Suffer the Children

The bigotry that pushed an 8-year-old tomboy out of school and deprived thousands of impoverished children of financial support should make all Christians ashamed, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more »

Mar 26, 2014 by in Views from a Ridge (2 Comments)

Ana Zele, 18, a sophomore at Florida Southern University and a member of First United Methodist Church of Bradenton (Fla.), repackages cucumbers that have been gleaned and will be distributed to local food ministries by the Society of St. Andrew. The May 1 "Produce Drop" took place outside the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

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I Haven't Missed My Calling

Being a lay Christian brings greater freedom and power to do God's work in the world than does ordained ministry, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more »

Feb 28, 2014 by in Views from a Ridge (7 Comments)

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Not Business as Usual

Intensive efforts on behalf of her local congregation have given United Methodist Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle a renewed conviction about the spiritual need at the heart of United Methodism's future. more »

Feb 21, 2014 by in Views from a Ridge (4 Comments)

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