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The Rev. James Dwyer reports June 18 to Claremont United Methodist Church, in Claremont, Calif., on the recent California-Pacific Conference gathering. The conference approved Dwyer’s motion asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of church law and Social Principles language stating that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Photo by Terry Givens.

Petitions: ‘Incompatible’ is unconstitutional

Denmark and California-Pacific take on language at core of homosexuality debate. Read More

The Rev. Oscar Bolioli and Maria Cristina Ferrou accept the Council of Bishops Ecumenical Award from Bishop Mary Ann Swenson on behalf of the Rev. Mortimer Arias of Uraguay while the Rev. Don Messer applauds. The award was presented during the May 17 morning worship of the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Latin American Methodist leader remembered

The Rev. Oscar Bolioli, a Methodist and ecumenical leader, died June 18 in his native Uruguay. Read More

Members of Embrace Church in northern California’s Bay Area pose for a group selfie. The new church, which launched officially in July 2015, began as a small group of Oakland Korean United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Embrace Church.

How to reclaim the church-planting tradition

Methodists once planted at least a church a day. Today’s United Methodists are recovering their heritage — with a modern twist. Read More

“Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love,” a new book by Bishop William H. Willimon, examines the “biology of fear” and the role Christians can play in welcoming those that are different from them. Book image courtesy of Abingdon Press

Bishop’s new book focuses on turning fear to love

In ‘Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love,’ United Methodist Bishop William H. Willimon explores the role of Christians in welcoming the ‘Others’ among us. Read More

United Methodist Bishop John Wesley Hardt. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop Hardt remembered as having ‘the heart of a pastor’

Church leader was known for amazing memory and pastor's heart. Read More

Odilon Mwaba (center) and Tikky Giorgio Olang’o (left) raise their caps in celebration at Africa University’s 2017 commencement. More than 700 students from 23 African countries graduated from the United Methodist university in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of Africa University.

718 graduate at Africa University

The graduating class at the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe heard from an alumnus, a health sector executive. Read More

North Korea releases comatose Otto Warmbier

West Ohio Area Bishop Gregory Palmer expressed gratitude for the “long overdue release” of the young man who was arrested in 2016. Read More

Worshippers join in prayer at Impact Church, a United Methodist church in the Atlanta suburb in East Point, Ga. The church is one of the fastest-growing Protestant churches in the United States, and is an example of the strength of United Methodist new church starts. Photo courtesy of Impact Church.

Growing impact of new churches

In all the news of shrinking U.S. church attendance, it’s worth noting that starting new churches is an area where The United Methodist Church shows strength. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto (center) visits with her mother, Nelle Oliveto (left) and her wife, Robin Ridenour outside the April 25 meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Reconsideration of gay bishop ruling sought

The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops filed a motion to reconsider a United Methodist Judicial Council ruling from its April meeting. Read More

Chaya plants are thriving in Chivi, Zimbabwe. The shrub, commonly known as tree spinach, contains twice the protein, iron and calcium of spinach and six times Vitamin A of spinach. Africa University launched the Chaya Plant Project in Chivi, one of Zimbabwe’s driest areas, with hopes to improve public health in Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Africa University Special Coverage

A South American plant is taking root in the driest region of Zimbabwe. And in the hands of Africa University's Margaret Tagwira, it is saving lives. Read More