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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

May 2, 2017 7:53 AM 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

Apr 11, 2017 5:07 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

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

Mar 15, 2017 10:17 AM A Way Forward

Way Forward Ash Wednesday

Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

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

Mar 2, 2017 7:12 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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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

Feb 9, 2017 1:30 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

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

Jan 30, 2017 5:36 PM A Way Forward

Cross Hands

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

Jan 23, 2017 8:47 AM A Way Forward

Epworth Pilgrimage

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

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

Nov 17, 2016 3:42 PM 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

Oct 11, 2016 4:38 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

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

Jul 28, 2016 4:45 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

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

Feb 4, 2016 4:41 PM 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

Feb 4, 2016 4:40 PM 2016 General Conference

Christmas Nativity

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

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

Dec 22, 2015 4:37 PM Global Health

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

Dec 4, 2015 12:16 PM 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

Oct 30, 2015 9:41 AM Local Church 1 Comments

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

Sep 17, 2015 2:10 PM Advocating Justice

Scouting Equality

Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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

Jul 31, 2015 8:55 AM 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

Jun 26, 2015 4:37 PM In the Church

CT Bigham

Photos by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

May 21, 2015 6:06 PM In the Church 7 Comments

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

Apr 29, 2015 3:05 PM Finance and Administration

M Barclay commissioned

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The Rev. M Barclay is the first openly “non-binary trans person” to become a United Methodist deacon, according to Reconciling Ministries Network. more

Jun 5, 2017 6:19 PM Ordained Ministry 2 Comments

NYC Climate Change

2014 file photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

United Methodist leaders express their disagreement with President Trump's decision to pull the United States from the Paris climate accord. more

Jun 2, 2017 4:44 PM Global Health 1 Comments

CT Meeting May 2017

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The Connectional Table, the UMC's program and budget coordination agency, has approved a plan to connect the evaluation of United Methodist general agencies with the development of the denomination’s budget. more

May 30, 2017 3:11 PM Finance and Administration

Advisory group

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Despite strong resistance to the idea at the 2016 General Conference, United Methodist leaders say that some kind of U.S. structure will be needed to implement the expected global Book of Discipline in 2020. more

May 26, 2017 2:43 PM Finance and Administration

Norway Kemper

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United Methodist ministries with migrant people will receive two forms of funding, says the denomination's program and budget coordination agency. more

May 22, 2017 4:55 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Oliveto and Fenton

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Judicial Council Ruling 1341 regarding the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto has long-term, far-reaching effects on The United Methodist Church, say legal experts. more

May 10, 2017 4:08 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

wca2-539x388.jpg

Photo by Tim Tanton, UMNS

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

May 2, 2017 7:53 AM In the Church

Evangelical

Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

People with widely varying theological viewpoints claim to be "evangelical," writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Just don't call them fundamentalist. more

Apr 27, 2017 1:53 PM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Bishop Mande Muyombo

Photo by Maidstone Mulenga

"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

Apr 11, 2017 5:07 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Unity & Sex Colloquy

Photo by Ebony Lincoln, Higher Education and Ministry

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

Mar 15, 2017 10:17 AM A Way Forward

Way Forward Ash Wednesday

Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

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

Mar 2, 2017 7:12 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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

Feb 9, 2017 1:30 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Way Forward First Meeting

Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications

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

Jan 30, 2017 5:36 PM A Way Forward

Cross Hands

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

Jan 23, 2017 8:47 AM A Way Forward

Cannon Ball Visit

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As many United Methodists join in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, the denomination's pension board, Wespath Benefits, has asked the pipeline's owner, Energy Transfer Partners, to meet with the Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders. more

Nov 23, 2016 10:58 AM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Final Attendance

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Membership figures for the United Methodist Church in the United States decline about 1.6 percent in 2015, but the top line numbers don't reflect the full reality of vital churches, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Nov 21, 2016 7:37 AM Finance and Administration

Epworth Pilgrimage

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

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

Nov 17, 2016 3:42 PM Practicing Faith

Jeff Greenway

Photo by Steve Beard, Good News, via UMNS

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

Oct 11, 2016 4:38 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Bishops Statement

File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

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

Jul 28, 2016 4:45 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Collection plate

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Heads of the 13 United Methodist boards and agencies have unanimously recommended cuts in the overall budget for 2017-2020. more

Mar 24, 2016 3:24 PM Finance and Administration