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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

Mar 9, 2017 5:06 PM 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

Dec 5, 2016 3:40 PM 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

Oct 31, 2016 10:40 AM Ordained Ministry

2016-2020 Judicial Council

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

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

Oct 18, 2016 11:16 AM 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

Sep 28, 2016 1:47 PM 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

Sep 27, 2016 4:42 PM Advocating Justice

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

Mar 29, 2016 11:41 AM 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

Mar 24, 2016 3:24 PM Global Nature

OCC

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

Jan 25, 2016 10:17 AM 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

Jan 15, 2016 12:03 PM 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

Oct 27, 2015 9:21 AM 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

Oct 9, 2015 12:24 PM 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

Aug 20, 2015 2:17 PM Global Health

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

Apr 21, 2015 11:12 AM 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

Mar 9, 2017 5:06 PM 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

Dec 5, 2016 3:40 PM Global Nature

2012 Book of Discipline

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

The United Methodist Church's "high court" assessed how clergy penalties are variously applied in different annual conferences. more

Oct 31, 2016 10:47 AM Finance and Administration

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

Oct 31, 2016 10:40 AM Ordained Ministry

2016-2020 Judicial Council

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

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

Oct 18, 2016 11:16 AM 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

Sep 28, 2016 1:47 PM 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

Sep 27, 2016 4:42 PM Advocating Justice

Oliveto CarcaƱo Stanovsky

Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area.

The United Methodist Judicial Council has decided to postpone a ruling on the election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto until its spring docket. more

Aug 23, 2016 5:18 PM Finance and Administration

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

Mar 29, 2016 11:41 AM 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

Mar 24, 2016 3:24 PM Global Nature

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

Jan 15, 2016 12:03 PM 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

Oct 27, 2015 9:21 AM 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

Oct 9, 2015 12:24 PM Advocating Justice

Migrants Budapest

Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

While rejected and blocked in Hungary, refugees who make it to Germany United are helped by United Methodists who are working with others to offer services so that the newcomers feel welcome. more

Sep 4, 2015 11:21 AM 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

Aug 20, 2015 2:17 PM Global Health

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

Apr 21, 2015 11:12 AM Finance and Administration

Frank Schaefer Decision

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," ruled Oct. 27 that the Rev. Frank Schaefer's reinstatement as ordained clergy was valid. more

Oct 27, 2014 9:11 AM In the Church

Schaefer Appeal

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The United Methodist Judicial Council heard arguments Oct. 22 in an appeal of a jurisdictional ruling that restored the ministerial credentials of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, defrocked 10 months ago for presiding at his gay son's wedding. more

Oct 24, 2014 11:31 AM In the Church

God Box

Photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

The General Board of Global Ministries announces it will leave the "God Box" in New York City within two years to relocate its headquarters to Atlanta, Ga. more

Oct 7, 2014 11:01 AM Global Nature 1 Comments

Climate March

UMNS Photo by James K. Karpen

United Methodists were among thousands of people who took to New York City streets on Sept. 23 demanding political action on global climate change. more

Sep 26, 2014 11:22 AM In the Church