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Members of the Virginia delegation discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

GC2016 items on top court’s agenda

The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider two requests for decisions related to General Conference when it meets just prior to that legislative gathering. Read More

John Barclay III credits his Young Clergy Initiative-funded internship at Brunswick United Methodist Church, in Crystal, Minn., with confirming his call to pastoral ministry. He cites the chance to preach as particularly important. Photo by Sydnee Bicket for The Eli Project.

GC2016: Young Clergy Initiative up for renewal

Grant-based program to bolster young clergy ranks has produced success stories, matching funding, officials say. Read More

The first public debate on homosexuality began at the 1972 General Conference, four years after the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches united to form The United Methodist Church.

GC2016 tackling 44-year stance on homosexuality

The words that bind or hurt: “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.” Read More

An April 26 storm, possibly a tornado, badly damaged the sanctuary at Davis First United Methodist Church in Davis, Oklahoma. Photo by Andrew Himes

Oklahoma church loses sanctuary to storm

Members rescue Bible, candelabra, offering plates after the storm caused the building's roof to collapse. Read More

Bishop Daniel Wandabula of the East Africa Conference appears before the Judicial Council on Oct. 25, 2012 in Elk Grove Village, Ill. A UMNS file photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt

Ugandans join push for bishop accountability

For years, Bishop Daniel Wandabula has pursued charges of attempted blackmail against three United Methodists while facing financial questions himself. Read More

Davao Area Ciriaco Francisco said police harassed him and other church members when protesting farmers sought protection in the church’s Spottswood Methodist Mission Center.  Francisco testified in a Senate Human Rights Committee hearing held in Davao City about the protests. Photo courtesy of Mark Henry/Kilab Multimedia

United Methodists support Filipino farmers after violence

Bishop calls on The United Methodist Church to continue to stand with protesting farmers and Lumads, some of who died in April 1 clash with authorities. Read More

Demonstrators stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 18 as the court hears oral arguments regarding the legality of two Obama Administration policies that would defer deportation for about 5 million immigrants. Photo by Walker Weatherly, Board of Church and Society

Prayer vigil focuses on deportation plan

As U.S. Supreme Court considers ruling on Obama Administration plans, New York Conference co-sponsors interfaith vigil featuring an original “dreamer.” Read More

The Rev. James Kaifunbah poses with the leadership team of Buduburam United Methodist Church.

Ghanaian church seeks funding to help Liberian refugees

April 25, 2016

Liberian refugees ask United Methodist Church’s help to return home. Read More

Leaders of SpiritSpace and their families prepare sandwiches to hand out to homeless individuals. SpiritSpace is among the new church starts in Portland, Ore.,  bringing people into Christian community.  Photo courtesy of the Rev. Beth Ann Estock

To reach ‘nones,’ try experimental churches

Portland, the host of the 2016 General Conference, is on the leading edge of finding new ways to do church for people who do not like church. Read More

The Rev. Val Rosenquist, at left, and retired Bishop Melvin Talbert co-officiate at the wedding of Jim Wilborne and John Romano, both 52, at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Bishop again officiates at same-gender nuptials

Retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert faced a complaint after performing a same-sex union in 2013. Now he and another pastor risk their clergy credentials. Read More