Sam Hodges

The South Central Jurisdiction is contending that SMU holds the title to its property in trust for the jurisdiction, just as local congregations hold title to their property in trust for their annual conferences. Read more

UMC Future 1 Comments

One way or another, the Wesleyan Covenant Association plans to withdraw from The United Methodist Church and set up its own traditionalist denomination, say leaders of its fourth global gathering. Read more

UMC Future

A United Methodist Communications survey finds United Methodists are "focused on different ends" of the church's mission statement, "To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Read more

A Way Forward 8 Comments

Claremont Colleges has appealed a Los Angeles court ruling that would allow United Methodist-related Claremont School of Theology to sell its campus at market value. Read more

Ordained Ministry

The Committee on Reference decided all 48 petitions in the Commission on a Way Forward report – including those of the One Church, Traditional and Connectional Plans – are “in harmony” with the Council of Bishops’ call for Feb. 23-26 Conference. Read more

A Way Forward

Efforts to keep the United Methodist Church unified despite differences over theology and human sexuality was rated the top news story of 2018. Read more

In the Church

Chairpersons say delegates are well prepared through church members' input, past legislative experience and much prayer. Read more

A Way Forward

The film "Man on Fire" centers on the self-immolation of the Rev. Charles R. Moore in 2014. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Learning even a little Hebrew -- both language and concepts -- can open up a whole new understanding of the Bible, says the Rev. Matthew Schlimm. Read more

Global Nature

A diverse group of United Methodists, including about 60 clergy, gathered Sept. 19 at Dallas police headquarters to raise concerns about the handling of a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a young black man in his residence. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Windsor Village UMC in Houston, the denomination's largest African-American congregation, says it's considering leaving to escape "denominational turmoil." Read more

A Way Forward

Two detained missionaries head home while a third works on paperwork that will release her. All three were accused of "anti-government" activities. Read more

Global Nature

A tour of areas hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey finds there's still much to repair and a need for plenty of volunteers, writes Sam Hodges of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Global Health

An ad hoc group of some 600 laity and clergy have formally filed church complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has violated United Methodist law as a member. Read more

Advocating Justice 2 Comments

The Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," has been asked by the Council of Bishops to determine whether petitions from other groups can be considered at the 2019 Special General Conference on unity. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Those who attended the historic 1968 Uniting Conference that merged the Evangelical United Brethren Church with the Methodist Church recall their emotions as the two became The United Methodist Church. Read more

Throughout the United States, United Methodist bishops are holding distinctive information and listening sessions for clergy and laity about the Way Forward proposals. Read more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, pastor of Windsor Village UMC in Houston, has been indicted by federal authorities on charges of defrauding elderly people by selling historical Chinese bonds. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Vestige of a bygone era and loosely affiliated with The United Methodist Church, a restricted Christian community in Michigan faces a lawsuit over discrimination against non-Christian property owners. Read more

Two victims of recent package bombings had family who attend Wesley United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, a historic African-American church. Read more

In the World

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Global Health 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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

GC Archive

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

In the Church