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Ruling greeted with confusion, hope

The only openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church is still a bishop, despite a ruling that confused many in the church.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 29, 2017, 9:45 pm

Review all clergy qualifications, court says

United Methodist boards of ordained ministry cannot ignore the issue of homosexuality when evaluating clergy candidates, the Judicial Council has ruled.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 28, 2017, 9:52 pm

Consecration of gay bishop against church law

Judicial Council, top court for The United Methodist Church, says bishop “in good standing” until due process completed.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 28, 2017, 9:50 pm

2 United Methodists among 10 mysterious deaths

Two United Methodists are among 10 who died after eating food at a funeral and a third remains in critical condition. Health officials have ruled out Ebola.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 27, 2017, 5:23 pm

What does it mean to be evangelical?

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Just don’t call them fundamentalists. Here is why.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:17 pm

From brothel madam to Methodist mission founder

United Methodist's research sheds light on Mary `Madam' Volino, whose conversion yielded a Texas ministry now in its 122nd year.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 26, 2017, 2:33 pm

Spectators pray, sing at Judicial Council

About 200 people prayed, sang and celebrated Holy Communion before and after a Judicial Council hearing on whether a gay bishop can be elected and consecrated in The United Methodist Church.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 25, 2017, 10:11 pm

Court hears arguments over gay bishop

An elected representative of one U.S. regional body asks whether the episcopal election in another region violates United Methodist Church law.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 25, 2017, 7:12 pm

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:41 pm

Migration as a mission challenge, blessing

Issues and actions surrounding migration highlight the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ spring meeting.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:07 pm

Grants for disaster recovery, health needs

Directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief approve grants for disaster relief efforts by conferences and for health boards in Africa.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 24, 2017, 3:05 pm

Arkansas executes 4th man in 8 days

As Arkansas put two more men to death on April 24, United Methodist clergy continued to speak out against the multiple executions.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 21, 2017, 4:53 pm

Church braces for ruling on gay bishop

Some say fragile unity will be tested, regardless of the ruling in the case that could affect United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 20, 2017, 4:28 pm

Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop

The denomination’s top court faces a question of whether it should weigh in on Bishop Oliveto’s election at all.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 19, 2017, 3:04 pm

Faith groups bring hope, new life to refugees

Panel at U.N. headquarters highlights decades-long leadership of faith-based groups in U.S. refugee resettlement.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 18, 2017, 5:56 pm

Norwegian United Methodist pastor leads Lutheran church

Appointment of Norwegian United Methodist pastor to Lutheran church highlights value of ecumenism.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 18, 2017, 2:26 pm

Nigerian seminary educates pastors’ wives

A United Methodist seminary in Nigeria is providing basic skills training for the wives of students training to be pastors.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 13, 2017, 3:25 pm

Hundreds benefit from medical outreach

Free medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in rural Zimbabwe also encouraged patients to seek treatment sooner.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 12, 2017, 2:56 pm

Africa University farm feeds multitudes

Happy animals, abundant crops makes the pan-African university self-sustaining. The agricultural department was one of first two faculties established in 1992.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 11, 2017, 3:32 pm

Way Forward group ponders structural changes

As the commission works toward church unity, some members say the group is contemplating “loosening the connection.”
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 10, 2017, 8:37 pm

Recalling violence against Filipino farmers

United Methodists organize worship service to mark one-year anniversary of a bloody attack in the Philippines.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 7, 2017, 2:52 pm

United Methodists in Nigeria focus on future

Roundtable meeting gives The United Methodist Church in Nigeria the opportunity to develop a strategic plan for the next six years when the church will celebrate it centenary.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 6, 2017, 8:35 pm

Bishop Fernandes, brave leader, dies at 78

The bishop led United Methodists in East Angola through some of the worst of his country’s civil war. “The church was everything for him.”
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 6, 2017, 8:16 pm

Civil rights tour ‘impactful’ for Hispanic youth

United Methodist Church’s National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry underwrites trip across South
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 6, 2017, 3:48 pm

New film on Reinhold Niebuhr speaks to today

Niebuhr, the theologian best known today for the Serenity Prayer, offered ideas relevant to the current political scene.
Author: United Methodist Communications
Posted: April 4, 2017, 3:52 pm
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