Kathy L. Gilbert

Members of the negotiation team for "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" talked about their process during a 75-minute video session. Read more

UMC Future 1 Comments

A revised set of Social Principles, written with input from United Methodists around the world, will come before the 2020 General Conference. Read more

UMC Future

Western Summit Playground

Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News

The Western Jurisdiction's Fresh United Methodism Summit elicited many ideas and created a "visioning team" to bring a report to next year's jurisdictional conference. Read more

Signers of the “Deeper Conversations UMC” said the recent commitment by some for a moratorium on all complaints related to LGBTQ clergy and clergy performing same-gender weddings violate the Book of Discipline and illustrate the UMC's brokenness. Read more

UMC Future 2 Comments

By an overwhelming majority, Greater New Jersey Conference adopts proposal allowing local congregations to decide how to include LGBTQ people in ministry and mission in opposition to increased restrictions going into effect Jan. 1. Read more

UMC Future

LGBTQ Demonstrators

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

While there may be plenty of sentiment for breaking up The United Methodist Church in the United States, the reality of separating the worldwide denomination is fraught with obstacles. Read more

UMC Future 4 Comments

Participants in a recent consultation called by Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone expand on what was discussed at the meeting. Read more

UMC Future 2 Comments

United Methodist leaders report on what the denomination is doing – and what it's prevented from doing – to aid immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more

Advocating Justice

Supporters of the Modified Traditional Plan say they're glad the model was approved, but they are saddened at the prospect that the UMC may split because of the decision. Read more

General Conference 2019 3 Comments

Some are already questioning whether members of the Commission on the General Conference can fairly investigate, since the commission credentials and oversees voting at General Conference. Read more

General Conference 2019 1 Comments

After hours of delaying tactics by opponents, the United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384. Read more


The clause that says churches hold their property "in trust" for the denomination goes all the way back to John Wesley, writes Kathy L. Gilbert. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

Several of the valid petitions for the 2019 General Conference focus on who keeps church property if there is a split in the denomination over the issue of inclusion or exclusion of LBGTQ persons. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

United Methodists, including two Hispanic bishops, joined some 400 other people of faith in a demonstration on behalf of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more

Advocating Justice

United Methodists seek to go behind harsh rhetoric to find out the truth about migrant caravans headed to the United States. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

An international congregation of sorts has grown up around the wall near Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California, as United Methodists and Mexican Methodists minister to deportees and their families. Read more

Advocating Justice

Find out what it's like at the U.S.-Mexico border in this feature article by Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service, with photos by Mike DuBose Read more

Three Native Americans – two of them United Methodist clergy – pray outside the facility for the welfare of detained children housed in the Casa Padre Child Detention Center in Brownsville, Texas Read more

Advocating Justice

Delegates hope that the Holy Spirit will inspire the specially called 2019 General Conference with wisdom regarding plans for church unity, but they still have preferences among the three models. Read more

A Way Forward

Living Wage

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The United Methodist Women's Assembly kicks off with a demonstration on behalf of a fair living wage and proclamations of hope as it celebrates 150 years of women's mission work. Read more

Practicing Faith

Annual conference reports show a variety of options for the denomination's future were considered at 2019 sessions. Read more

UMC Future

Clergy and laity from the "Methodist Middle" have formed a network with the intention of encouraging The United Methodist Church to stay together, writes Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Alex de Silva Souto

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Spectators were prayerful, tuneful and respectful outside the April 25 public oral argument hearings before the Judicial Council regarding the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read more

Finance and Administration

Kathleen McMurray

Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist

United Methodist clergy join their fellow Arkansans in protesting the state's plans to execute seven men by April 27, reports Kathy L. Gilbert. Read more

Refugee Vigil

Photo by Alexa Malishchak, Nashville Community Defense, via UMNS

United Methodists are among religious leaders who have called for welcoming the 66 million displaced people in the world along with opposing the Trump Administration's revised travel ban announced March 6. Read more

Advocating Justice

Duke Students

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Duke University in Durham, NC, Emory University in Atlanta and now Boston University say President Trump's immigration order has substantially harmed their schools' functioning because it targets both staff and students. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Immigration Airport Demonstrations

Photo by Erik Alsgaard, Baltimore-Washington Conference

United Methodists came out in droves over the weekend of Jan. 28-29 to protest President Trump's executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries, reports Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

FUMC Portland

Photo by Mark Ohlson, courtesy of First United Methodist Church

A group of United Methodist laity has forwarded a letter and petition asking the Council of Bishops to increase the number lay members on the Commission on a Way Forward, which will review sexuality stances and unity ideas. Read more

Local Church 1 Comments

Bishop Ough Remarks

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Council of Bishops president Bruce R. Ough tells United Methodist News Service what he thinks might happen next after the election and consecration of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read more

Finance and Administration

Oliveto Carcaño Stanovsky

Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area.

Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service reports on the consecration of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto and reaction to her election. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Filipino Farmers

Photo courtesy of Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS

Farmers in the Philippines seeking food and reform are being sheltered by The United Methodist Church after Filipino military forces fired on their protest. Read more


Prayer beads

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Delegates to the 2016 General Conference will be bathed in prayer by United Methodists all around the world, according to a campaign set up by The Upper Room. Read more

GC Archive

Eunice Mathews

A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose

One of the 20th century's outstanding missionary figures, Eunice Jones Mathews had a significant ministry paralleling those of her evangelist father and bishop husband. Read more

In the Church

Jim Dorff Teaching

UMNS File Photo by Mike DuBose

Rio Texas Bishop James E. Dorff has resigned after admitting he had "not upheld" his marriage and ordination vows. Read more

Finance and Administration

Gissendaner Sign

Photo by Claire A. Lennox via United Methodist News Service

Many United Methodists, including some from UMC-related Candler School of Theology, worked and prayed to stop the Sept. 29 execution of Kelly Gissendaner, writes Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service Read more

Advocating Justice

Reaction to vote on sexuality

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

Annual Conferences are preparing human sexuality legislation for the 2016 General Conference ranging from stiffer penalties for performing same-sex marriages to removing condemning language from the Book of Discipline. Read more

In the Church