California-Pacific Annual Conference

Potential university disaffiliations and redirecting general church funding mark the latest reactions to the Traditional Plan's adoption. Read more

General Conference 2019 6 Comments

United Methodists tell harrowing tales of evacuation and loss escaping California's rampant wildfires. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued a call for donations and prayers in support of Californians facing the threat of multiple wildfires. Read more

Global Health

The pastor of Ojai United Methodist Church shares her experience of escaping one of the wildfires current raging around Los Angeles. Read more

Global Health

Mexico City Earthquake

Wikimedia Commons Photo

In addition to hurricane recovery, United Methodists are sending funds to aid with recovery from two devastating earthquakes in Mexico. Read more

Global Health

Montana Burning Video

UM Insight Screencap from YouTube

The devastation wrought by wildfires in the western United States over the past few years – along with United Methodists' efforts to cope with the effects – pose a long-term disaster recovery challenge for the region as great as hurricanes elsewhere. Read more

Local Church

Alabama-West Florida 2017

Photo by Luke Lucas, Alabama-West Florida Conference

U.S. annual conferences tackled church responses to tough topics during the 2017 season, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Finance and Administration


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. Read more

GC Archive 2 Comments

LGBT Protest

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Encouraged by a bishop's speech and following the lead of the New England Annual Conference, Desert Southwest and California-Pacific conferences call for The United Methodist Church to marry and ordained LGBTQI people. Read more

Advocating Justice 2 Comments

Reaction to vote on sexuality

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

The Rev. Melinda Teter-Dodge speaks out against the United Methodist Church's continued abuse of the LBGTQIA community and its allies, and invites Californians to celebrate marriage equality. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Frank Schaefer Restored

Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference, for UMNS

In a unanimous decision, a jurisdictional appeals committee has restored the Rev. Frank Schaefer to full ordained ministry after he was defrocked six months ago for conducting a same-sex marriage for his son. Read more

In the Church 3 Comments

Carcaño at Western

Pacific Northwest Conference Communications Team Photo/UMNS

The day after his ministerial credentials were revoked by Eastern Pennyslvania, Rev. Frank Schaefer received an invitation from Bishop Minerva G. Carcano to come to the California-Pacific Annual Conference. Read more

In the Church