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Churches Can Have Gay Boy Scout Leaders

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

Same-sex Marriage Ruling Adds to Church Debate

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

Connectional Table Proposal Seeks Greater Openness on Human Sexuality

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 6 Comments

Alternative Process Offered for Sexuality Debate

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

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 Global Nature

Churches Can Have Gay Boy Scout Leaders

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

Same-sex Marriage Ruling Adds to Church Debate

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

Connectional Table Proposal Seeks Greater Openness on Human Sexuality

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 6 Comments

Alternative Process Offered for Sexuality Debate

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

Does U.S. Theological Education Have a Future?

United Methodist theological education in the United States is in crisis, and longtime scholar M. Douglas Meeks says if trends persist the modern way of training pastors could disappear altogether, according to UMNS' Heather Hahn. more »

Mar 13, 2015 11:13 AM Ordained Ministry

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 Global Nature

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 Global Nature

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