Linda Bloom

Izzy Alvaran

Reconciling Ministries Network Photo

Conferences cannot exempt candidates from UMC ban on ordaining LGBTQ people, says Judicial Council. Read more

Finance and Administration

Stephanie York Arnold

Video image courtesy of North Alabama COSROW Team

More than 60 years since receiving full clergy rights, clergywomen in The United Methodist Church still struggle with discrimination related to appointments, salary and appearance, writes Linda Bloom. North Alabama UMC leaders want to change that. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Joe Hale

Photo by Jon Serenius, courtesy of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Rev. Joe Hale, who shaped the World Methodist Council during a 25-year ministry as its top executive, was remembered as a modest personality who was one of his era's greatest advocates for peace and justice. Read more

Global Nature

Non-conformity Resolution

Photo by Beth DiCocco, New England Conference

The Judicial Council has ruled that United Methodist bishops must rule on all questions properly put to them. The "high court" also overturned bishops' ruling in two conferences that would have allowed ordination of gay clergy. Read more

Ordained Ministry

In its first deliberative session, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider complaints about the ordination of openly LGBT candidates in the New York and Northern Illinois conferences, along with other issues. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

GBGM Construction

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The General Board of Global Ministries marks its departure from New York City with a worship service focused on "bittersweet" memories of a long history of mission work. Read more

Global Nature

Melissa Rogers

Photo by Tricia Bruckbauer, GCBS

The General Board of Church and Society organizes for 2017-2020 under a new theme, "Living Faith, Seeking Justice and Pursuing Peace." Read more

Advocating Justice

Pakistani Christians and United Methodists react to the Easter bombing that killed at least 70 people in Lahore, Pakistan. Read more

In the World

Brussels Memorial

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A United Methodist mission volunteer from Liberia recounts his experience of the Brussels terrorist attacks on March 20. Read more

Global Nature


Oregon Convention Center Photo by Bruce Forster

Still suffering a touch of jet lag, Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle shares her impressions of the 2016 General Conference agenda and its Portland, Ore., venue. Read more

Views from a Ridge 2 Comments

Middle East Divestment Defeated

UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey

The United Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits has banned five Israeli banks from investment, based on human rights guidelines the board adopted a year ago. Read more

Finance and Administration

Plan UMC Dodson

A 2012 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The United Methodist Judicial Council has deferred consideration of the revised "Plan UMC" because it said such a decision could short-circuit consideration of other proposals to come before the 2016 General Conference. Read more

Finance and Administration

NYC Climate Change

2014 file photo by Linda Bloom, UMNS

United Methodists will be part of the consultation on climate change taking place among world leaders in Paris, France, in late November and early December. Read more

Advocating Justice

Lebanon Refugees

Photo by Paul Jeffrey for ACT Alliance

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has pledged continued support for refugees in the Middle East, especially Christians from Syria and Iraq that are under particular threat. Read more

Global Health

Judicial Council Cropped

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

In a decision with two dissenting opinions, the United Methodist Judicial Council has ruled that the 2012 General Conference's elimination of the Committee on Investigations, which reviews charge leveled against clergy, was unconstitutional. Read more

Finance and Administration

The fall agenda of the United Methodist Judicial Council is full of actions taken in reaction to the adoption of the punitive Traditional Plan adopted by the 2019 special called General Conference. Read more

Finance and Administration

The Judicial Council has approved most of the Traditional Plan along with an exit plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 7 Comments

The Judicial Council will meet April 23-26 to decide on the constitutionality of the petitions that enacted the Traditional Plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 8 Comments

Celebration of 200 years of Methodist and United Methodist offered multicultural worship, history, and themes of building peace, healing and visions. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

One petition would have removed the right of the annual conference clergy session to rule on a clergyperson's fitness, and the other would have allowed bishops to be appointed anywhere in the world. Read more


A group representing the interests of United Methodist rural congregations has sent a letter of concern to delegates for the upcoming special General Conference asking them to be aware of the potential harm of some plans. Read more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, who died Jan. 11 after battling cancer, was remembered as a good listener, a dear friend and a fearless campaigner for God's justice. Read more

Ordained Ministry

The Judicial Council's unanimous ruling clears the way for the One Church Plan -- the model recommended from the Way Forward report – to proceed to the special 2019 General Conference in February. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The United Methodist Judicial Council is being asked to help guide the denomination through its efforts to determine a model for unity amid diversity over scriptural authority and homosexuality. Read more

A Way Forward

Leaders from annual conferences will receive training in October on how to process sexual misconduct complaints in ways that are sensitive and equitable for both victims and alleged abusers. Read more

Advocating Justice

Former bishop A. James Armstrong is remembered as a social activist who mentored many United Methodist leaders and church members. Read more

In the Church 1 Comments

Miracle Osman, 24, of Blantyre, Malawi, has reunited with her family there, after being detained by the Republic of the Philippines for alleged "anti-government activities" for working with a peacemaking group. Read more

Global Nature

United Methodist leaders are seeking the release of missionaries jailed and detained in the Philippines Read more

Advocating Justice

Judicial Council 2016 New

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

The Judicial Council secretary has confirmed the special session will take up any petitions or requests from the Council of Bishops' spring meeting. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Among other factors, the survey found that clergy, laity and church employees experienced fewer incidents of sexual misconduct since 2005. Read more

Advocating Justice

United Methodists join other climate activists in Bonn, Germany to call for "bold action" on reducing the effects of human behaviors, such as burning fossil fuels, that harm the environment. Read more

The Judicial Council, United Methodism's "supreme court," upheld past decisions and refused to rule on the constitutionality of the denomination's policy terming homosexual practice "incompatible with Christian teaching." Read more

Finance and Administration

Maria HELP

Photo by Kris Grogan, U.S. Customs Border Patrol

Devastation in Puerto Rico is hampering efforts to bring relief to Hurricane Maria's survivors, including the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, writes Linda Bloom. Read more

Global Health