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The Rev. Junius Dotson has been speaking at annual conferences this summer, introducing the “See All the People” initiative of Discipleship Ministries, the agency he leads. Here he was speaking to last summer’s  South Central Jurisdictional Conference, which met in Wichita, Kansas. Photo by Todd Seifert.

ʽSee All the People’ pushes discipleship

Discipleship Ministries’ leader says making followers of Jesus, not fixing churches, should be guiding task. Read More

“Deep Denial,” a book about white supremacy written by a United Methodist pastor, recently won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Current Events/Social Change category. Photo courtesy of Margery Freeman. Cropped from original artwork; title only.

Still in ‘Deep Denial’ on race

United Methodist white pastor with new book on white supremacy saw church as ‘a beacon of hope’ while growing up in segregation-era South. Read More

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is one of 12 structures designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Wright agreed to create a master plan for the campus and to design 18 buildings. Ultimately, the college completed 12 structures. It still owns all the designs. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern College.

Florida Southern: A Frank Lloyd Wright treasure trove

Florida Southern College, with the most Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings of any single site, was named a United Methodist Historic Site this year. Read More

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