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In its second general meeting, The Wesleyan Covenant Association talks about the possibility of a "Paul and Barnabas" moment for The United Methodist Church more

In the Church

Bishop Mande Muyombo

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"Loosening the connection" is one way the Commission on A Way Forward might get The United Methodist Church past its current impasse over the acceptance of homosexuality, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service more

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Unity & Sex Colloquy

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A gathering of United Methodist seminary professors offered scholarly papers on human sexuality and the nature of the church, intended to aid the Commission on A Way Forward, reports Heather Hahn. more

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Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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Although early in their process, members of the Commission on a Way Forward want to get feedback from the rest of The United Methodist Church, but they don't yet know how to get it. more

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Amendments to the United Methodist Church's Constitution covering gender equality, membership inclusion, delegate elections, bishop elections and bishop accountability will be voted upon this year by annual conferences. more

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Way Forward First Meeting

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Members of the Commission on A Way Forward say their first meeting was marked by a spirit of cordiality, but also sober awareness of their burden for United Methodist unity, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

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Cross Hands

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Newly appointed members of the Council of Bishops' special Commission on A Way Forward say they're praying for the committee as it prepares to start its work. more

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Epworth Pilgrimage

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Like Christ's earliest followers, Methodism's founder John Wesley struggled to discern and teach what following Jesus entails, say Wesleyan scholars interviewed by Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Practicing Faith

Jeff Greenway

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association formally launches with a Chicago meeting focused on prayer, speeches, worship and opposition to the acceptance of LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage. more

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Bishops Statement

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Amid growing concerns about the denomination's stability, the United Methodist Council of Bishops outlines a plan to respond to the divisive debate over the acceptance of homosexual practice. more

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Imagine No Malaria Booth

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The science of evolutionary biology has been found to be an essential tool in The United Methodist Church's mission to improve global health, such as its Imagine No Malaria campaign, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

2016 General Conference

GC Booth

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The Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank promoting Intelligent Design rather than evolutionary biology, has mounted a protest against the UMC's refusal to let the group exhibit at the 2016 General Conference. more

2016 General Conference

Christmas Nativity

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How would Mary be treated as a young mother today? Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service finds that Mary serves as a role model for both today's mothers and people of faith. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Prayer for Peace

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Should we be calling for prayer or action in response to mass shootings? Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service interviews church leaders in response to recent killings across America. more

Advocating Justice

Debating Plan UMC

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Plan UMC proponents, opponents and others concerned with the church's future weigh in on whether restructuring the denomination will achieve vitality in local congregations, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

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Court Rings Illustration

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United Methodists' views on the acceptability of same-gender relationships has changed little since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, according to polling done by United Methodist Communications. more

Advocating Justice

Scouting Equality

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United Methodist congregations can have gay men as leaders of the local Scout troops if they wish, but no church will be forced to allow gay volunteers, says the General Commission on United Methodist Men. more

Local Church

U.S. Supreme Court

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United Methodists are weighing in on how the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision that rules marriage to be a civil right for LGBT people will affect discussion of the UMC's anti-gay doctrines at the 2016 General Conference more

In the Church

CT Bigham

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The Connectional Table, a ministry coordinating agency, has proposed legislation to the 2016 General Conference that would remove anti-LGBT stands from the Book of Discipline, giving annual conferences discretion to decide human sexuality matters. more

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Committee Vote

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The Commission on the General Conference is proposing an alternative to the traditional legislative debates, but first it must get the global lawmaking body to approve the plan, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Finance and Administration

Whatever happens with church unity at the 2019 General Conference, the Connectional Table will still be at work coordinating the denomination's ministries, say its members. more

A Way Forward

One of the moderators of the Commission on A Way Forward, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball urged the denomination's coordinating body to focus on United Methodists' common interests, not political battles, and to "trust God." more

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Way Foward commissioners complete their report for the Council of Bishops as the church at large awaits results, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

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Of 11 delegates around the world contacted by United Methodist News Service, five from the United States and one from Liberia were willing to give their early impressions of the unity proposals under consideration. more

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Methodist women played key roles in obtaining the right to vote for women, writes Heather Hahn in this feature for Women's History Month. more

Advocating Justice

The task to gather essential doctrines and policies for the worldwide United Methodist Church is progressing slowly but surely through church-wide leadership bodies. more

Global Nature

Bishop Francisco Presides

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A combined meeting of four leadership bodies, members of the Commission on A Way Forward gave the first public report on the three United Methodist unity proposals they've sent to the Council of Bishops. more

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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

Most membership growth has occurred in Africa, although there are bright spots in worship attendance in the United States. more

In the Church

United Methodist leaders pledge to "do the right thing" with allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in the church, along with providing resources to reduce abusive behaviors. more

Advocating Justice

Way Forward in Nashville

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With the deadline for submitting legislation to the 2019 special General Conference fast approaching, the Commission on a Way Forward is beginning to put details to its three "sketches" for the UMC's future. more

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Elvis Presley

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Before he became the King of Rock and Roll, a young singer named Elvis Presley recorded his music in a historic studio owned by the Methodist Church. more

In the Church

Remembrances recall the lives of United Methodist and world leaders who died this year. more

In the Church

Like Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and her family journeyed in search of safe lodging. They too faced shut doors and real peril. Then a United Methodist immigration ministry stepped in to help them. more

Advocating Justice

United Methodists were among hundreds of protesters arrested by Capitol Police for demonstrating on behalf of young people affected by the Trump Administration's removal of protections for undocumented child arrivals. more

Advocating Justice

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Bishop Hector Ortiz of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico updates the United Methodist Council of Bishops on the island's status after Hurricane Maria. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Bishops Fall 2017

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African bishops issued a pastoral letter to United Methodists in their region to support the commission's work through prayer and fasting. more

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COB Junaluska 2017

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The Council of Bishops begins closed-door sessions to consider unity proposals from the Commission on A Way Forward. more

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Way Forward Berlin

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Bishop Kenneth L. Carter, one of the moderators of the Commission on A Way Forward, told United Methodist communicators not to expect any news on its work until Summer, 2018, after the Council of Bishops clears any proposal. more

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95 Theses Painting

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Five hundred years after Martin Luther sought to reform the Catholic Church, his ideas still shape religion in the 21st century. more

Practicing Faith