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One of the first Methodist clergywomen, Rev. Jeanne Audrey Powers was a staunch advocate for women church leaders at all levels and a devoted ecumenist committed to the transformative power of faith in Jesus Christ. more

Oct 3, 2017 8:45 AM Ordained Ministry

Kim-Jong Un Donald Trump

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The National Council of Churches pleads with the president to tone down rhetoric towards North Korea and its leader Kim-Jong Un as a means to avoid war. more

Sep 29, 2017 2:57 PM Advocating Justice 3 Comments

Texas Recovers

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A month after Hurricane Harvey struck southern Texas, the Texas Annual Conference has issued a call for more volunteers to help with overwhelming recovery needs. more

Sep 28, 2017 1:06 PM Local Church

The United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus critiques the Uniting Methodist Movement as embodying the very principle it says it rejects, namely "all that divides." more

Sep 21, 2017 3:54 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

Bishop Ruediger Minor

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A brilliant and genial churchman, Bishop Ruediger Minor was known for both strength and diligence in his ministry in East Germany and later in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. more

Sep 6, 2017 10:32 AM Finance and Administration

The Council of Bishops' ecumenical officer, Bishop Michael B. Watson, invites United Methodists to observe the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. more

Aug 23, 2017 5:19 PM Local Church

Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee

Photo by Erik Alsgaard

United Methodist Women is mobilizing its members to contact the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce regulations regarding deadly methane emissions. more

Aug 4, 2017 3:30 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Team convenors for revision of the United Methodist Social Principles met in May with Church and Society staff to begin the task approved by the 2016 General Conference. more

Jul 26, 2017 2:11 PM Advocating Justice

James Brigman

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United Methodists in Washington, D.C. will support a North Carolina UMC pastor on his campaign for health care for medically fragile children. more

Jul 20, 2017 11:47 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference clergy wearing clerical garb are invited to join Bishop Peggy Johnson to protest especially against proposed reductions in Medicaid in the U.S. Congress. more

Jul 17, 2017 2:35 PM Advocating Justice

Divestment Urged

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U.S. United Methodists have passed 23 resolutions from 15 regional church bodies in 2017 to boycott Israel and divestment from companies the provide goods or services for Israeli suppression of Palestinians. more

Jul 14, 2017 2:17 PM Perspectives 3 Comments

Small Groups Way Forward

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Way Forward Commissioners may get their first look at a draft plan for global unity in United Methodism. more

Jun 29, 2017 12:07 PM A Way Forward

2017 Budget Cuts

Bread for the World Graphic

Bread for the World has calculated the financial cost of the social safety net cuts proposed in President Trump's budget, which some expect non-profits such as religious communities to make up in local services. more

Jun 27, 2017 2:17 PM Ministry with the Poor

Bishop Michael McKee

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Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual Conference has issued a statement to clergy and lay members regarding fair process, the procedures provided for complaint resolution in the Book of Discipline. more

Jun 19, 2017 12:55 PM Finance and Administration

Members of the Iowa Board of Ordained Ministry announce their intention to assess clergy candidates without consideration of their sexuality. more

Jun 13, 2017 9:39 AM Ordained Ministry

Climate Buttons

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Wespath, the agency that administers pension and health benefits for clergy and lay church employees, marked historic support this year for its stockholder resolutions with global energy companies. more

Jun 8, 2017 4:13 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

The African Methodist Episcopal Church, to which United Methodists are linked via an agreement, outlines the health dangers of climate change, especially to Black children. more

Jun 5, 2017 5:53 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Unity & Sex Colloquy

Photo by Ebony Lincoln, Higher Education and Ministry

A second academic gathering to aid the deliberations of the Commission on A Way Forward will focus on United Methodist mission. more

Jun 5, 2017 5:26 PM

Credentials Surrender

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The Rev. Dr. J. Philip Wogaman, one of the leading Christian ethicists in The United Methodist Church, surrendered his clergy credentials May 31 in protest of the Baltimore-Washington Conference's delay of an LGBTQ candidate. more

May 31, 2017 10:37 PM Ordained Ministry 1 Comments

Oliveto Consecration

Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

A new group of retired pastors in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference has formed in part to support Bishop Karen Oliveto and advocate for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. more

May 19, 2017 12:55 PM Ordained Ministry 2 Comments