Linda Bloom

Izzy Alvaran

Reconciling Ministries Network Photo

Conferences cannot exempt candidates from UMC ban on ordaining LGBTQ people, says Judicial Council. more

Finance and Administration

Stephanie York Arnold

Video image courtesy of North Alabama COSROW Team

More than 60 years since receiving full clergy rights, clergywomen in The United Methodist Church still struggle with discrimination related to appointments, salary and appearance, writes Linda Bloom. North Alabama UMC leaders want to change that. more

Ordained Ministry

Joe Hale

Photo by Jon Serenius, courtesy of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Rev. Joe Hale, who shaped the World Methodist Council during a 25-year ministry as its top executive, was remembered as a modest personality who was one of his era's greatest advocates for peace and justice. more

Global Nature

Non-conformity Resolution

Photo by Beth DiCocco, New England Conference

The Judicial Council has ruled that United Methodist bishops must rule on all questions properly put to them. The "high court" also overturned bishops' ruling in two conferences that would have allowed ordination of gay clergy. more

Ordained Ministry

In its first deliberative session, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider complaints about the ordination of openly LGBT candidates in the New York and Northern Illinois conferences, along with other issues. more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

GBGM Construction

Photo by Jess Cusick, Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries marks its departure from New York City with a worship service focused on "bittersweet" memories of a long history of mission work. more

Global Nature

Melissa Rogers

Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, GCBS

The General Board of Church and Society organizes for 2017-2020 under a new theme, "Living Faith, Seeking Justice and Pursuing Peace." more

Advocating Justice

Pakistani Christians and United Methodists react to the Easter bombing that killed at least 70 people in Lahore, Pakistan. more

In the World

Brussels Memorial

Photo by Miguel Discart, Wikimedia Commons

A United Methodist mission volunteer from Liberia recounts his experience of the Brussels terrorist attacks on March 20. more

Global Nature


Oregon Convention Center Photo by Bruce Forster

Still suffering a touch of jet lag, Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle shares her impressions of the 2016 General Conference agenda and its Portland, Ore., venue. more

Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

Middle East Divestment Defeated

UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey

The United Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits has banned five Israeli banks from investment, based on human rights guidelines the board adopted a year ago. more

Finance and Administration

Plan UMC Dodson

A 2012 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The United Methodist Judicial Council has deferred consideration of the revised "Plan UMC" because it said such a decision could short-circuit consideration of other proposals to come before the 2016 General Conference. more

Finance and Administration

NYC Climate Change

2014 file photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

United Methodists will be part of the consultation on climate change taking place among world leaders in Paris, France, in late November and early December. more

Advocating Justice

Lebanon Refugees

Photo by Paul Jeffrey for ACT Alliance

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has pledged continued support for refugees in the Middle East, especially Christians from Syria and Iraq that are under particular threat. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Judicial Council Cropped

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

In a decision with two dissenting opinions, the United Methodist Judicial Council has ruled that the 2012 General Conference's elimination of the Committee on Investigations, which reviews charge leveled against clergy, was unconstitutional. more

Finance and Administration

The Judicial Council's unanimous ruling clears the way for the One Church Plan -- the model recommended from the Way Forward report – to proceed to the special 2019 General Conference in February. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The United Methodist Judicial Council is being asked to help guide the denomination through its efforts to determine a model for unity amid diversity over scriptural authority and homosexuality. more

A Way Forward

Leaders from annual conferences will receive training in October on how to process sexual misconduct complaints in ways that are sensitive and equitable for both victims and alleged abusers. more

Advocating Justice

Former bishop A. James Armstrong is remembered as a social activist who mentored many United Methodist leaders and church members. more

In the Church 1 Comments

Miracle Osman, 24, of Blantyre, Malawi, has reunited with her family there, after being detained by the Republic of the Philippines for alleged "anti-government activities" for working with a peacemaking group. more

Global Nature

United Methodist leaders are seeking the release of missionaries jailed and detained in the Philippines more

Advocating Justice

Judicial Council 2016 New

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

The Judicial Council secretary has confirmed the special session will take up any petitions or requests from the Council of Bishops' spring meeting. more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Among other factors, the survey found that clergy, laity and church employees experienced fewer incidents of sexual misconduct since 2005. more

Advocating Justice

United Methodists join other climate activists in Bonn, Germany to call for "bold action" on reducing the effects of human behaviors, such as burning fossil fuels, that harm the environment. more

The Judicial Council, United Methodism's "supreme court," upheld past decisions and refused to rule on the constitutionality of the denomination's policy terming homosexual practice "incompatible with Christian teaching." more

Finance and Administration

Maria HELP

Photo by Kris Grogan, U.S. Customs Border Patrol

Devastation in Puerto Rico is hampering efforts to bring relief to Hurricane Maria's survivors, including the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, writes Linda Bloom. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Sexual Ethics


The General Commission on Status and Role of Women's online survey seeks information from clergy and laity regarding instances of sexual harassment in The United Methodist Church. more

Local Church

Florida National Guard

Photo Courtesy of the Florida National Guard

As damage assessments continue in Florida, where the Florida Keys are especially devastated, churches in Irma's path are also taking stock of her fury. more

Local Church

Guam UMC

Photo by Johann Osias

The people of Guam have heard North Korea's threats before, but still United Methodists there pray for “wisdom and restraint on the part of all those with the instruments of such deadly force in their hands,” more

In the World


Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Separate petitions from the California-Pacific and Denmark conferences seek a ruling from the Judicial Council on whether the issue of homosexuality legitimately falls under United Methodist doctrinal standards. more

GC Archive 2 Comments

Water well

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The effects of global climate change are no political ploy or hoax to the people of Liberia, where United Methodist Jefferson B. Knight is forming a group to care for creation. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Deep Denial

Photo courtesy of Margery Freeman via UMNS

The Rev. David Billings was too young to work in the Civil Rights movement of the '50s and '60s, but he wrote a book to capture the spirit of that era in hopes it will energize today's human rights efforts, writes Linda Bloom. more

Advocating Justice

DR Congo Peacemaking

File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Newly installed Bishop Mande Muyombo, formerly on staff with Global Ministries, wants to bring United Methodist resources even more to making peace between warring ethnic factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Church & Society website

Image Courtesy of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society

The social justice agency's new website is intended to be clearer in identity and more accessible to users. more

Advocating Justice