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Jim Patterson

Leaders of most United Methodist seminaries in the U.S. that train clergy for the denomination are stressing their inclusive policies after the special General Conference affirmed the church’s LGBTQ bans. Read more

Ordained Ministry

United Methodists in the midwestern United States are helping their fellow townspeople cope with the effects of widespread flooding. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ and the parent of a gay son tell what caused them finally to leave the UMC. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ say they've been so hurt by the church's policies regarding people of sexual minorities that they can't stay any longer. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Proponents of the Traditional and Modified Traditional Plans say the versions are intended to assure accountability to United Methodist discipline and Christian doctrine. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

The Connectional Conferences plan would require the most structural changes of any of the Way Forward proposals. Read more

A Way Forward

Supporters of the One Church option, which is backed by the Council of Bishops, say they think it offers the best alternative for keeping the UMC together. Read more

A Way Forward

Supporters of A Simple Plan say it's the only one that follows one of The United Methodist Church's General Rules: "Do no harm." Read more

A Way Forward

United Methodists around the country are providing meals, prayers and other aid to furloughed government workers, while in Washington, D. C., faith leaders called for an end to the federal shutdown. Read more

Advocating Justice

Stances on the church unity proposals coming to the special 2019 General Conference are firming up, and little agreement is seen. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

Stoneman Douglas Demonstration

Kathy L. Gilbert Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS

United Methodist churches are working hard to provide adequate security without sacrificing the radical hospitality that is a core value of Christianity. Read more

Local Church

Pittsburgh Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi urges United Methodists to tend first to those harmed emotionally by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, and then to work toward reducing violence. Read more

Global Health