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Ough Address

Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops

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

May 2, 2017 8:15 AM A Way Forward

La Trinidad Class

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

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

Mar 28, 2017 11:07 AM Local Church

Myers Park UMC

Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church

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

Mar 21, 2017 11:29 AM Local Church 3 Comments

Bishop May Obit

UMNS Illustration

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

Feb 28, 2017 10:23 AM Ordained Ministry

Immigration Reform

File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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

Nov 21, 2016 7:45 AM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Faith and Guns Pamela

Photo courtesy Church and Society

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

Nov 21, 2016 6:58 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change 1 Comments

Simon Speaking

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

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

Oct 19, 2016 12:14 PM Advocating Justice

Giffords and Simon

Photo by Shelley Wellander

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

Oct 19, 2016 12:14 PM Advocating Justice

Hoyt Hickman

Photo courtesy the Rev. Heather Murray Elkins

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

Sep 13, 2016 2:06 PM Local Church

Ted Campbel

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

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

Sep 4, 2016 10:08 AM Global Nature 1 Comments

Anne Burkholder

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

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

Sep 1, 2016 11:38 AM Ordained Ministry

Sand Creek Pilgrimage

UMNS Photo by Sam Hodges

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

Apr 7, 2016 4:13 PM 2016 General Conference

Bishop Grant Hagiya 2012

UMNS Photo by Paul Jeffrey

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

Sep 15, 2015 8:23 AM Ordained Ministry

Hempstead VBS

Courtesy Katy Ware

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

Aug 12, 2015 3:44 PM Advocating Justice

NTX Press Conference

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

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

Jun 11, 2015 3:04 PM In the Church

King James Bible

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

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

Apr 10, 2015 10:38 AM In the Church

Active Shooter Training

Photo courtesy the Rev. George Reynolds

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

Nov 10, 2017 11:30 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Mark R. Mitchell

Photo Courtesy Mark R. Mitchell

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

Nov 8, 2017 5:25 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Baptist shooting vigil

AP Photo by Darren Abate via United Methodist News Service

United Methodist pastors rushed to aid victims and residents after the Nov. 5 mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. more

Nov 7, 2017 12:45 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

WCA Prayer 10-2017

Photo by Shannon Martin

The Wesleyan Covenant Association heard lots of preaching but little strategizing about the future of the United Methodist Church, writes Sam Hodges. more

Oct 20, 2017 3:13 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Anna Guillozet

Photo courtesy Shannon Andre

Despite efforts to recruit young adults into ordained ministry, the cadre of United Methodist pastors continues to age. more

Sep 28, 2017 1:20 PM Ordained Ministry

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Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

As Hurricane Irma bore down on the U.S. mainland, survivors of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas were giving thanks and praying for those in Irma's path. more

Sep 11, 2017 2:47 PM Local Church

Corpus Christi Youth Clean Up

Photo courtesy of Whitney Hendley

The horrors of Hurricane Harvey are far from over, as United Methodists in southeast Texas and Louisiana continue to cope with the monster storm's effects, reports Sam Hodges. more

Sep 1, 2017 8:00 AM Local Church

Bear Creek UMC Rescue

Photo by Michele Sibley, courtesy Bear Creek United Methodist Church

Even with church buildings flooded and cut off from supplies, United Methodists rescue and shelter victims of Hurricane Harvey. more

Aug 31, 2017 3:47 PM Local Church

Pablo Alvarado

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Giving sanctuary to undocumented immigrants means more than sheltering them inside a church building, as participants learned recently during training sponsored by MARCHA, the United Methodist Hispanic/Latino caucus. more

Aug 24, 2017 2:13 PM Advocating Justice

George Howard

File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Church leaders are divided on the legality and advisability of the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward. more

Aug 11, 2017 7:57 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

BOD Cover

Photo Courtesy of James C. Howell

The Free Methodist Church, like other Wesleyan cousins, offers models of structure and administration that be helpful to The United Methodist Church as it creates a global Book of Discipline, writes David W. Scott. more

Jun 20, 2017 4:02 PM Global Nature

Hayes and Hardt

Photo by Holly McCray, the Oklahoma Conference

Witness to the major changes in The United Methodist Church and its predecessors for the past 70 years, Bishop John Wesley Hardt died June 18 at age 95. more

Jun 20, 2017 3:34 PM In the Church

Ough Address

Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops

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

May 2, 2017 8:15 AM A Way Forward

La Trinidad Class

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

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

Mar 28, 2017 11:07 AM Local Church

Myers Park UMC

Photo courtesy Myers Park United Methodist Church

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

Mar 21, 2017 11:29 AM Local Church 3 Comments

Bishop May Obit

UMNS Illustration

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

Feb 28, 2017 10:23 AM Ordained Ministry

Immigration Reform

File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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

Nov 21, 2016 7:45 AM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Faith and Guns Pamela

Photo courtesy Church and Society

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

Nov 21, 2016 6:58 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change 1 Comments

Simon Speaking

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

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

Oct 19, 2016 12:14 PM Advocating Justice

Giffords and Simon

Photo by Shelley Wellander

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

Oct 19, 2016 12:14 PM Advocating Justice