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A colonial-era circuit-riding evangelist was part a special service on June 26 at Boehm’s Chapel, a United Methodist heritage landmark near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A trio of Mennonite bishops brought a proclamation reversing the 1775 ex-communication of Martin Boehm, a Mennonite who became a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Photo by John Coleman, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Mennonites reconnect with UMC founder

At Boehm’s Chapel near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonites restore credentials of a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Read More

The United Methodist Book of Discipline allows clergy under complaint to be suspended. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

District superintendent suspended

The Rev. Jisun Kwak of the Greater New Jersey Conference is suspended from work while under complaint. Read More

The United Methodist Church officially is in “support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity.” Methodists in support of immigration reform marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Disappointment with immigration ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling leaves undocumented families more vulnerable to deportation, some United Methodist leaders say. Read More

The General Conference 2016 met in Portland, Ore., May 10-20. More than 800 delegates voted on church law, adopted resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues and approved plans and budgets for churchwide programs.

Oregon-Idaho takes up support for RCRC denied at GC2016

After General Conference 2016 told two general agencies to end membership in the faith coalition that supports reproductive health and abortion, the Oregon-Idaho Conference voted to join. Read More

The Rev. Connie Semy Mella of the Mindanao, Philippines Conference was among those at General Conference 2016, in Portland, Oregon, who spoke of the importance of the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Theological education fund wins big

General Conference budgets extra $5 million for training church leaders in central conferences. Read More

Two conferences vote for full inclusion of LGBTQ

The Desert Southwest and California-Pacific conferences call for a halt to judicial actions related to church law that discriminates against LGBTQ people. Read More

The Revs. Will Green (left) and John Blackadar offer a resolution that the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church

New England Conference passes ʽact of non-conformity’

New England delegates overwhelmingly say conference won’t honor church law regarding homosexuality. Read More

Members of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church hold glow sticks during a prayer vigil in response to the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. The vigil was held in Orlando on the first day of the conference’s yearly meeting. Photo by Lance Rothwell, Florida Conference

Tears, prayers at conference vigil for Orlando victims

Florida Conference prayer vigil an outpouring of love for mass shooting victims, families. Read More

General Conference has authorized a study of the areas bishops serve in the United States.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

U.S. Northeast keeps bishops — for now

The 2016 General Conference voted to leave the number of U.S. bishops unchanged as church leaders consider changing the denomination’s map. Read More

New England board of ordained ministry co-chairs Yoo-Yun Cho-Chang and Peter Hey announced they will evaluate clergy candidates “based solely upon an understanding of their gifts for ministry and their readiness to serve Jesus Christ.”

New England, South Georgia differ on gay clergy

New England board of ordained ministry follows five others in not considering sexual orientation in ordained ministry, while South Georgia voted to uphold the Book of Discipline’s stance. Read More