Iowa Annual Conference

The Rev. Anna Blaedel, targeted by the Institute on Religion and Democracy as a "self-avowed practicing homosexual," has agreed to a "just resolution" that essentially removes her from United Methodist ministry. Read more

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More than 400 Indiana United Methodists have signed a letter in support of the Rev. Anna Blaedel, who faces the possibility of a church trial over their sexual orientation. Read more

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The Rev. Bill Cotton finds that a key passage in Hebrews advocates letting go of the sins that burden us. Read more

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United Methodists use social media to track General Conference delegate elections and votes on issues, especially Traditional Plan rejection. Read more

UMC Future


Community Engagement

From personal supplies to gift cards to a "tug-o-love," United Methodist conferences are gathering mission resources at their 2019 annual sessions. Read more

Global Health

Donations to residents affected by heavy storms in Iowa have overwhelmed the recovery site, Hope UMC in Marshalltown, Iowa. Read more

Global Health

Iowa United Methodists join with their ecumenical and interfaith partners with prayers and donations to affected families in response to a major raid on undocumented immigrants by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Read more

Advocating Justice

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

Ky. Health Kits

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Despite fears and conflicts, United Methodists gathered at 2017 annual conference sessions to celebrate their ministries and plan for the future. Read more

In the Church

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

Ordained Ministry

Iowa Weavers

Iowa Conference Photo

After years of helping feed needy youngsters, a group of Iowa United Methodists joined forces with other volunteers to embark on an ongoing project: weaving sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic bags. Read more

Local Church

Immigrant child

UMNS Photo by Jan Snider

An Iowa interfaith group that includes United Methodists issues a strong statement in support of those affected by President Trump's Jan. 28 executive order on immigration and refugees from seven Muslim countries. Read more

Advocating Justice

Bishop & Farmers

Photo courtesy of Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS

For a global denomination such as The United Methodist Church, Christian responses to diverse political situations requires giving church leaders the flexibility to do what is most right for their contexts, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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