Sam Hodges

Ough Address

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In a forthright and passionate address, the president of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce Ough, challenged his episcopal colleagues to focus on unity, evangelism and social action rather than splitting the UMC over homosexuality. more

A Way Forward

La Trinidad Class

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As the Trump Administration cracks down on immigrants, churches and ministries find members and clients fearfully avoiding services in San Antonio, Texas, a historic center for Hispanic Methodism. more

Local Church

Myers Park UMC

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Some of United Methodism's largest U.S. churches have members who are split on the issue of homosexuality, and could themselves fracture if forced to choose, writes Sam Hodges of United Methodist News Service. more

Local Church 3 Comments

Bishop May Obit

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Bishop Felton E. May, a prophet of "holy boldness" and a creative spark behind Africa University and the UMC's Communities of Shalom, died Feb. 27 at age 81. more

Ordained Ministry

Immigration Reform

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Hispanic/Latino groups within The United Methodist Church want the denomination to stand up for the rights and safety of Hispanic people in light of the U.S. presidential election, including advocating for compassionate immigration reform. more

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Faith and Guns Pamela

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United Methodists pastors and laypeople gain insights and tools to combat gun violence at a forum sponsored by the denomination's social-action arm, writes Sam Hodges of United Methodist News Service. more

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Simon Speaking

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Pam Simon talks about why she has forgiven Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman who killed six people and wounded 13, including Simon and her then-boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords, outside an Arizona grocery store in 2011. more

Advocating Justice

Giffords and Simon

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After nearly getting killed by the gunman who attacked Rep. Gabby Giffords, United Methodist Pam Simon has devoted herself to working for saner practices to reduce gun violence in America, writes Sam Hodges of United Methodist News Service. more

Advocating Justice

Hoyt Hickman

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The Rev. Hoyt Hickman, who helped to shape United Methodist and Protestant worship throughout the late 20th century, has died at age 89. more

Local Church

Ted Campbel

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The Rev. Dr. Ted Campbell told the 2016 World Methodist Conference that he fears the issue of homosexuality has already split the United Methodist Church beyond repair. more

Global Nature 1 Comments

Anne Burkholder

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United Methodist clergywomen from around the world gathered Aug. 29-31 in Houston, Texas, to celebrate decades of ordained ministry and to discuss challenges still facing women of the cloth, writes Sam Hodges of UMNS. more

Ordained Ministry

Sand Creek Pilgrimage

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A report specially commissioned by the 2012 General Conference will bring to light one of Methodism's darkest chapters: the 1864 massacre of Cheyenne and Arapho people by cavalry led by a Methodist clergyman-turned-soldier. more

2016 General Conference

Bishop Grant Hagiya 2012

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The final report of the Ministry Study Commission, now headed to the 2016 General Conference, says that ordination of elders and deacons should go faster, and that licensed local pastors should have more rigorous training. more

Ordained Ministry

Hempstead VBS

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While the Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner of Houston keeps vigil for Sandra Bland, the Rev. Katy Ware of First UMC in Hempstead is taking a longer-term approach to Bland's death at the Waller County Jail. more

Advocating Justice

NTX Press Conference

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United Methodist pastors – both black and white – along with Dallas Bishop Mike McKee called for racial justice after an incident in which a white police officer used excessive force against black youths at a McKinney, Texas, pool party. more

In the Church

King James Bible

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As the United Methodist Publishing House prepares to leave its historic location in downtown Nashville, staffers prepare rare books of Methodist history for transport and preservation. more

In the Church

A diverse group of United Methodists, including about 60 clergy, gathered Sept. 19 at Dallas police headquarters to raise concerns about the handling of a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a young black man in his residence. more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Nearly 30 briefs, totaling more than 400 pages, confront the Judicial Council as it prepares to consider the constitutionality of three plans for dealing with The United Methodist Church’s schism-threatening division over homosexuality. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Windsor Village UMC in Houston, the denomination's largest African-American congregation, says it's considering leaving to escape "denominational turmoil." more

A Way Forward

Two detained missionaries head home while a third works on paperwork that will release her. All three were accused of "anti-government" activities. more

Global Nature

A tour of areas hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey finds there's still much to repair and a need for plenty of volunteers, writes Sam Hodges of United Methodist News Service. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

An ad hoc group of some 600 laity and clergy have formally filed church complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has violated United Methodist law as a member. more

Advocating Justice 2 Comments

The Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," has been asked by the Council of Bishops to determine whether petitions from other groups can be considered at the 2019 Special General Conference on unity. more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Those who attended the historic 1968 Uniting Conference that merged the Evangelical United Brethren Church with the Methodist Church recall their emotions as the two became The United Methodist Church. more

Throughout the United States, United Methodist bishops are holding distinctive information and listening sessions for clergy and laity about the Way Forward proposals. more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, pastor of Windsor Village UMC in Houston, has been indicted by federal authorities on charges of defrauding elderly people by selling historical Chinese bonds. more

Ordained Ministry

Vestige of a bygone era and loosely affiliated with The United Methodist Church, a restricted Christian community in Michigan faces a lawsuit over discrimination against non-Christian property owners. more

Two victims of recent package bombings had family who attend Wesley United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, a historic African-American church. more

In the World

A pastor and bishop who lived "one step beyond caution," Bishop L. Bevel Jones, 91, died March 6 of complications from dementia more

The Council of Bishop continues discuss the Way Forward proposals now clarified more by the commission. more

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Parkland Shooting Sign

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United Methodists in and around the site of a mass shooting at a Florida high school responded with prayers and counseling. more

Practicing Faith

Using the Christian sense of "requiem" as both death and resurrection, the Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence lays out hope and options for The United Methodist Church in its unity struggle. more

A Way Forward

Wilmot Collins

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Wilmot Collins, mayor-elect of Helena, Mont., says his neighbors didn't see a refugee or a black man, but the better candidate, writes Sam Hodges of United Methodist News Service. more

Local Church

Missio Dei

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Confused and contentious as they were, participants in the study gathering expressed gratitude for the opportunity to bring together seminary scholars and United Methodist bishops. more

Ordained Ministry 4 Comments

Active Shooter Training

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United Methodists have an array of resources, including on-site training, to help them prepare to defend themselves in case of an attack like that on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Mark R. Mitchell

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United Methodist pastors and laypeople around Sutherland Springs are pitching in to help the stunned community after the Nov. 5 shooting massacre at First Baptist Church. more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change