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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

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