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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

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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

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

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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

Jan 23, 2017 8:47 AM A Way Forward

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

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

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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

Dec 22, 2015 4:37 PM 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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

Dec 7, 2017 4:55 PM Advocating Justice

Puerto Rico Flag

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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

Nov 9, 2017 3:11 PM 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

Nov 8, 2017 5:33 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

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

Nov 7, 2017 5:04 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

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

Oct 27, 2017 8:27 AM A Way Forward

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

Oct 25, 2017 3:16 PM Practicing Faith

David Meredith

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Oct 20, 2017 3:29 PM Ordained Ministry 4 Comments

Church

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United Methodist clergy should hold tight, for now, after a U.S. federal judge struck down the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. more

Oct 13, 2017 4:06 PM Ordained Ministry

Delegate count and other details of the 2020 General Conference were addressed at the recent meeting of the UMC agency charged with organizing and operating the global lawmaking assembly. more

Oct 11, 2017 11:09 AM 2020 General Conference

First UMC Austin

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Members of First UMC in Austin, Texas, voted overwhelmingly not to hold any weddings until the denominations rescinds its ban against same-sex weddings. more

Oct 10, 2017 12:33 PM Local Church

Messer Kammerer

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A new group of retired United Methodist clergy who seek full inclusion in the church for LGBTQ people will hold its first meeting in November. more

Oct 9, 2017 4:53 PM Advocating Justice

Sara Hotchkiss

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Planning and running the called Special General Conference in 2019 has put The United Methodist Church into "uncharted waters," but details are beginning to firm up, say members of the Commission on the General Conference. more

Oct 9, 2017 4:30 PM Finance and Administration

Las Vegas Jason Aldean

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United Methodists in Las Vegas and the Desert Southwest Annual Conference offered help to victims and survivors of the Oct. 1 mass shooting by Stephen Paddock at a country music concert. more

Oct 2, 2017 5:56 PM Local Church

NTX Announcement

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Two complaints against two North Texas clergy have been resolved by the United Methodist "just resolution" process, which seeks to restore relationships rather than punish. more

Sep 27, 2017 3:47 PM Ordained Ministry

Way Forward Logo

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During its meeting in Berlin, Germany, the Commission on A Way Forward considered ideas on a future for The United Methodist Church to present to the Council of Bishops in November. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:38 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

Inclusion Attempted

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A new group, Uniting Methodists Movement, promotes a solution of staying together as a denomination despite deep differences over the acceptance of homosexuality. more

Sep 20, 2017 5:20 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

In Alabama, social media links two United Methodist congregations to provide shelter from tropical storm Irma. more

Sep 13, 2017 10:13 AM Local Church

DACA Rally

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United Methodists are speaking out against the deportation of 600,000 youths granted amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and are urging Congress to act immediately to protect them. more

Sep 6, 2017 10:51 AM Advocating Justice

Alabama-West Florida 2017

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U.S. annual conferences tackled church responses to tough topics during the 2017 season, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Aug 1, 2017 2:23 PM Finance and Administration

Commission on A Way Forward

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There'll be no public unveiling of the Commission on A Way Forward's plans for keeping the United Methodist Church together until after the plan is reviewed by the November meeting of the Council of Bishops, Heather Hahn reports. more

Jul 24, 2017 1:21 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments