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General Conference 2016 made a decision to put the issues of human sexuality on hold. Since then, three openly gay pastors are candidates for episcopal elections when the five U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church meet July 13-16. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

3 gay pastors among nominees for bishop

Two openly gay pastors from the Western Jurisdiction and a third from the North Central Jurisdiction have been nominated for election as United Methodist bishops. Read More

Those leaving the airport stand in the last portion of the line through passport control after the June 28 bombings at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Photo by Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries

United Methodist safe after Istanbul attack

Thomas Kemper, top executive, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, escapes injury, calls for unified response to terror. Read More

Louise Short, 106, (center) visits with Bishop Benjamin Chamness on May 1 during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is Jo Ann McClain, administrative assistant for the Council of Bishops. A file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Louise Short, General Conference stalwart, dies at 110

Until this year, the widow of Bishop Roy Short, attended every General Conference going back to 1939 ─ 18 assemblies. Read More

The Rev. J.F. Lacaria surveys flood damage at Clendenin (W. Va.) United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

West Virginia churches cope, help after historic floods

United Methodists join in relief efforts, even as they’re mucking out their own church buildings Read More

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