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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

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A Year in United Methodist Milestones

General agency leadership changes and United Methodist names in the news were among the 2013 milestones for The United Methodist Church. more »

Dec 18, 2013 12:19 PM , Issues

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert (left) speaks to other United Methodist clergy who attended the wedding for Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw.  At right is the Rev. Kevin Higgs, pastor of Brownsville United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Photos by the Rev. Laura Rossbert, Reconciling Ministries Network

Council of Bishops Requests Complaint Against Bishop Talbert

The Council of Bishops has requested that a complaint be filed against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for performing a wedding ceremony Oct. 25 for a gay couple in Alabama. more »

Nov 15, 2013 1:54 PM Issues 6 Comments

Delegates to the 2012 General Conference sat at round tables in hopes of facilitating better "holy conferencing."

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2016 General Conference to See Drop in Delegates

A 15 percent drop in the number of General Conference delegates – from 1,000 to 850 – was approved by the General Commission on the General Conference as a cost-saving measure. more »

Oct 22, 2013 4:23 PM Issues

The Rev. Edgardo Colón-Emeric blesses the elements of Holy Communion in front of a woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci's “The Last Supper” at the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville, Tenn.

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Moratorium Urged on Online Communion Pending Study

A consultation of 27 scholars, pastors and bishops has urged a moratorium on holding Holy Communion via the Internet pending further study about the growing practice's implications for theology and Christian unity. more »

Oct 4, 2013 10:27 AM Issues

Elder accused of being ‘practicing’ lesbian

A clergywoman in the New York Annual Conference has been charged with being a "practicing" lesbian after a bio disclosed that she is married to another woman, which is legal in the state of New York. more »

Jul 8, 2013 4:02 PM Issues

Julie Bruno (right) and Susan Laurie serve Holy Communion to guests following their marriage ceremony at General Worth Square in Fort Worth, Texas, across the street from the site of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. The lesbian couple held the ceremony next to the assembly to protest denominational policies that do not recognize same-sex marriages.

UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey

U.S. High Court Rulings Impact Same-Sex United Methodist Couples

The U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional will add fuel to the longtime debate over The United Methodist Church's stance against homosexual practice, writes Heather Hahn. more »

Jun 26, 2013 2:48 PM Issues 6 Comments

Mary Ann Kaiser

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Update on Block to Gay Clergy Candidate

Southwest Texas Annual Conference surveys the aftermath of blocking Mary Ann Kaiser's deacon candidacy and awaits Bishop Jim Dorff's ruling. more »

Jun 10, 2013 5:35 PM Issues

Bishops Deborah Kiesey and Marcus Matthews give the closing benediction the Thursday evening worship service  May 3.

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Bishops Hold 2nd Consecutive Closed Meeting

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May 6, 2013 10:44 AM Issues