United Methodist Church

United Methodists ought to be meeting in the open, with very few exceptions, writes the Rev. William B. Lawrence. Read more

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A branch of the Moravian Church has approved a full communion agreement with The United Methodist Church, which okayed the relationship in 2016. Read more

Global Nature

Congregations are invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the April 23, 1968 merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church with the Methodist Church to form The United Methodist Church. Read more

Local Church

The year 1968 when The United Methodist Church was formed also saw the beginning of independence and autonomy for previous "mission churches" outside the United States, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more

Global Nature

Episcopal-UMC Full Communion

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The dialogue committee working on United Methodist-Episcopal full communion seeks input on their draft document from clergy, laity and bishops in both churches. Read more

Global Nature 6 Comments

Traditional biblically formed Methodism focuses more on the process – the method – than on the ends, which ought to enlighten the factions in today's turmoil, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more


Hayes and Hardt

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Witness to the major changes in The United Methodist Church and its predecessors for the past 70 years, Bishop John Wesley Hardt died June 18 at age 95. Read more

In the Church

Family Tree Denominations

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The Rev. Jason Valendy unpacks what some of the "dog whistle" terms such as "scriptural holiness" actually mean when it comes to understanding and applying the Holy Bible. Read more

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Dubya and Hillary

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Two of the most hated politicians in America, George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton, both belong to The United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Morgan Guyton hopes the UMC continues to welcome people of all politics. Read more

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In a study commissioned by United Methodist Communications, church roles affect people's perceptions of what it means to be United Methodist. Read more

Local Church

United Methodists in a strongly Orthodox environment have an uncomfortable time when it comes to celebrating Easter, writes David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature


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A supportive welcome and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral prompted Canadian Sarah Heath to join the United Methodist Church and become a pastor. Read more


Dr. William Payne finds there more regionalism than globalism about The United Methodist Church, especially when it comes to values shaping the homosexuality debate. Read more

Advocating Justice

The recent Oxfam report that the world's 85 richest individuals own more than half of the world's poorest peoples should cause United Methodists to become advocates for economic equality, writes David W. Scott. Read more

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MARCHA meeting

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A look back at the issues and events that shaped The United Methodist Church in 2013. Read more

In the Church

The Rev. Josh Hale outlines what he sees as the seven major aspects to be considered in The United Methodist Church's discussion of whether it's liturgically appropriate to offer Holy Communion via the Internet. Read more


Laying the Foundation

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Why Becoming a Church Was the Worst Thing That Could Have Happened to Methodism

The Rev. Wes Magruder explores how becoming a settled denomination killed the transformational energy of the Methodist movement. Read more

Jul 11, 2012 8:13 AM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

Rethink Church

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Rethinking 'Rethink Church'

The Rev. Morgan Guyton explores what it means to be the Church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century in comparison to the UMC's "Rethink Church" campaign. Read more

Jul 2, 2012 8:22 PM Morgan Guyton

John Wesley Profile

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Discipleship Drift, or Why John Wesley Won’t Let Me Leave the UMC

On his revived blog, "The New MethoFesto," the Rev. Wes Magruder candidly examines the culture shock of returning to a drifting American United Methodist Church after years as a missionary in Cameroon, and why he stayed. Read more

Jul 2, 2012 7:42 PM Wes Magruder 1 Comments

Conference scene

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Time For Annual Conference Season — Let’s Not Get Confused

During annual conference time Ben Gosden reminds United Methodists that what God really wants is a church with the guts to dare to follow Him into the margins of the world that are too often forgotten when we worry so much about reports and budgets. Read more

May 29, 2012 4:43 PM Ben Gosden

  • Rev. Jerry Kulah - Portland

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    Rev. Jerry Kulah - Portland

    The Rev. Jerry Kulah, a delegate from Liberia, speaks to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. (File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.)

  • A participant holds a lantern during a climate vigil outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The lanterns were lit with a small solar light that following the vigil were sent to community groups in the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the United States. (File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.)