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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

Imagine No Malaria Booth

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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

UMNS Photo by Kathleen Barry

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

A 2012 file photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

A UMNS photo illustration with photos by Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and Clayton Childers

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

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

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

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

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

LGBTQ Demonstrators

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

The General Commission on the General Conference seeks more productive ways for delegates to discuss the church's stances regarding homosexuality. more

Apr 23, 2015 6:44 AM In the Church

Mozambique Dance

Photo by the Rev. Rodney Steele via UMNS

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

Cannon Ball Visit

Photo courtesy of Erin Hawkins, GCORR

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

GCFA Chart

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

Photo Illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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

Discipline Clergy

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Claiming authority under the Book of Discipline to set ministerial standards, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the New York Annual Conference announced it would begin accepting LGBTQ people as ministerial candidates. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:15 PM

Plan UMC Ruling

Screengrab from United Methodist Communications video via UMNS

Backers of Plan UMC Revised are bringing an update scheme to a General Conference that no longer feels strongly about reforming United Methodist agencies, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:15 PM 2016 General Conference

Imagine No Malaria Booth

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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

Candles in Memory

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops, scholars and devoted laypeople who died in 2015 are remembered. more

Dec 22, 2015 4:37 PM In the Church

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

Stained Glass Window

Stock photo by Steven Adair, United Methodist Communications

Clergywomen have made no progress in rising to the highest levels of pulpit ministry, according to the latest report from a study begun in 1998 by Duke University. more

Dec 11, 2015 8:09 AM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Prayer for Peace

UMNS Photo by Kathleen Barry

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

A 2012 file photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

Incompatible

Photo by Mike Dubose, UMNS

The Rev. Michael Tupper expects to face a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of a former United Methodist pastor and his partner after refusing a just resolution negotiated with his bishop. more

Oct 22, 2015 10:13 AM Advocating Justice

Court Rings Illustration

A UMNS photo illustration with photos by Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and Clayton Childers

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

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

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