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In an open letter released May 3, the chairs of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and New York Conference boards of ordained ministry called on other United Methodist conferences to join them in their decision to no longer inquire about the sexual orientation of their ministry candidates.

Boards challenge others to remove LGBTQ bar

New York, Baltimore-Washington say conference boards of ordained ministry have authority to approve candidates without asking about sexual preference. Read More

Map highlighting the United Methodist jurisdictions and annual conferences in the United States of America. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications

GC2016: Remaking the denomination’s map?

A number of proposals aim to change the church’s future by changing its organizational map. Read More

Banyam Theological Seminary in rural Nigeria has regular electricity in some of its buildings, thanks to a solar project supported by a grant from the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. Photo by Chris Congdon for the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership of the Iowa Conference.

GC2016: Fund boosts clergy education across globe

Delegates asked to renew $5 million for Central Conference Theological Education Fund Read More

The Rev. Ignace Mengada, pastor of Zion United Methodist Church, Obala, Cameroon, speaks at a Peace with Justice seminar. Photo by Neil Christie, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

Careless words make lifelong impact

Insulted by her parents, Marthe sought acceptance in prostitution but found refuge in church. Read More

United Methodist clergy and clergy candidates from New York Conference came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer.

15 United Methodist clergy, candidates come out as gay

This is the first time a group of ministers have taken action together in publicly announcing what is a chargeable offense under United Methodist Church law. Read More

Delegates consider legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

GC2016: Divestment debate continues

United Methodists will again consider legislative proposals to use divestment to back concerns on Israel-Palestine conflict. Read More

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