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United Methodist women present a traditional dance from northern Mozambique during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and Connectional Table.

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Plans Under Way to Make Discipline Truly Global

International UMC leaders gather to discuss how to make the Book of Discipline – the denomination's collection of church law – into a truly global document while allowing various regions the flexibility to adapt to their cultural contexts. more »

Feb 19, 2015 5:00 PM UMC Global Nature

What Isn’t Up for Local Adaptation?

Not everything in the Book of Discipline is up for grabs. more »

Feb 19, 2015 5:02 PM UMC Global Nature

United Methodist women present a traditional dance from northern Mozambique during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and Connectional Table.

Photo by the Rev. Rodney Steele via UMNS

Plans Under Way to Make Discipline Truly Global

International UMC leaders gather to discuss how to make the Book of Discipline – the denomination's collection of church law – into a truly global document while allowing various regions the flexibility to adapt to their cultural contexts. more »

Feb 19, 2015 5:00 PM UMC Global Nature

Church Body Proposes More Open Stance on Homosexuality

Under the Connectional Table's proposal, United Methodist clergy who perform same-sex marriages wouldn't be penalized. more »

Feb 12, 2015 5:26 PM Ordained Ministry 2 Comments

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Ire, Joy Follow Resolution of Complaint Against Bishop Talbert

General Conference legislation to enforce penalties against clergy who perform same-gender weddings appears to be on outcome of the complaint resolution against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert for performing a wedding for a gay couple in Alabama. more »

Jan 12, 2015 11:46 AM Ordained Ministry

After Grand Jury Rulings, What Is the Church's Witness?

United Methodists have joined protests across the country after grand jury rulings exonerating police officers whose actions resulted in the deaths of two black men. more »

Dec 10, 2014 2:11 PM Issues

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Bishops Face Penalties over Audit Issues

Two United Methodist bishops in Africa are facing sanctions by the denomination's financial agency for irregularities in their handling of church funds. more »

Dec 3, 2014 10:58 AM Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Bishops to Get a 3 Percent Pay Raise in 2015

United Methodist bishops will receive a 3 percent pay raise in 2015, after approval by the General Council on Finance and Administration. more »

Dec 2, 2014 10:14 AM Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Green Street Church's pastor is facing a complaint for not officiating at a same-sex wedding. The Rev. Kelly Carpenter is sympathetic to the couple filing the complaint. He sees the congregation's inclusiveness as key to its growth.

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Gay Couple Files Complaint for Refusal of Wedding

A gay couple who are members of a United Methodist congregation in North Carolina have filed a complaint against their pastor because he refused to officiate at their wedding, in keeping with United Methodist policy. more »

Nov 12, 2014 9:06 PM Local Church

Bishops Told Holy Conferencing Key to Revival

United Methodist bishops hear scholar Kevin Watson's view that authentically reclaiming John Wesley's practice of holy conferencing holds the key to reviving the church. more »

Nov 7, 2014 3:04 PM Finance and Administration

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed "Plan UMC" for church restructuring to be unconstitutional during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

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Early Warning Proposed for General Conference Legislation

An experimental panel of researchers to review petitions to General Conference for consistency and constitutionality has been proposed by the Commission on the General Conference. more »

Oct 24, 2014 11:22 AM Issues 2 Comments

People hold hands and pray during a vigil near the site where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo.

Photo by the Rev. Matt Miofsky

Ferguson Church Leaders Strive to Be Peacemakers

United Methodist pastors and laypeople in and around Ferguson, Mo., are working for peace in the city where an unarmed black teen-ager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by police. more »

Aug 18, 2014 12:57 PM Issues 1 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court as seen from the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Clayton Childers, General Board of Church and Society.

United Methodists Interpret High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

United Methodists on both sides weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing Hobby Lobby a religious exemption from the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. more »

Jul 2, 2014 2:52 PM Issues

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North Georgia Conference Adopts Unity Resolution

In a significant pushback to the schismatic "Anonymous 80" group, the North Georgia Conference adopts a unity resolution fashioned by a theologically diverse group of clergy. more »

Jun 5, 2014 3:33 PM Issues

Retired United Methodist Bishop Daniel Arichea of the Philippines and Bishop Hope Morgan Ward (Raleigh, NC,Area) speak during a panel discussion on human sexuality held April 29 by the Connectional Table.

United Methodist Communications Photo by Diane Degnan

Connectional Table to Propose Changing LGBT Stance

United Methodism's program and financial coordinating agency, the Connectional Table, is proposing to draft language to alter the denomination's anti-LGBT stances for consideration at the 2016 General Conference more »

Apr 29, 2014 9:51 PM Issues 4 Comments

Board members of the Pacific Islanders National Caucus of the UMC participate in a small-group discussion. For the first time, the boards of the denomination's five ethnic caucuses met to share ideas and build capacity on March 26-27 in St. Louis.

Photo by Bull Fulton, WAFB Photo, via UMNS

What Can Ethnic Caucuses Teach the UMC?

A historic gathering of organizations representing United Methodists of color offers ideas for how to shape the denomination's future. more »

Apr 3, 2014 9:07 PM Issues

The Rev. Thomas Lambrechet

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Good News Caucus: Situation on Gay Unions 'Untenable'

The conservative Good News caucus has issued a statement saying that continued efforts by United Methodist clergy to conduct same-sex weddings where legal places the UMC in an "untenable" situation. more »

Apr 2, 2014 10:08 PM Issues

Civil rights leader and United Methodist Dorothy I. Height.

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U.S. Post Office Honors Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Height

The U.S. post office near Union Station in Washington, D.C., has been renamed to honor United Methodist Dorothy I. Height, a longtime leader in civil and women's rights, who died in 2010 at age 98. more »

Mar 26, 2014 1:59 PM Issues

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert, center, marries Joe Openshaw, left, and Bobby Prince at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala.

Photo by Laura Rossbert, Reconciling Ministries Network

Complaint Process Begins Against Bishop Talbert for Same-Sex Union

The formal complaint process has begun in the UMC's Western Jurisdiction against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for officiating at the October religious wedding of Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw in Birmingham, Ala. more »

Mar 14, 2014 11:03 AM Issues

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Church Law Expert, Bishop Jack Tuell Dies at Age 90

Bishop Jack M. Tuell, consider a "giant" among United Methodist episcopal leaders, is lauded by his colleagues and admirers as a "the kind of bishop who comes along once in a lifetime." more »

Jan 13, 2014 2:08 PM Issues