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Commentary: 5 Harvey things you don’t expect

The Rev. Eric Huffman, who is leading a new United Methodist church in Houston, reflects on what he’s learning from his first hurricane. Read More

Bishop Warner Brown is the new president of the Council of Bishops. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops

Brown, Ough win elections to lead bishops

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., who leads the California-Nevada Annual (regional) Conference, will be the next president of the Council of Bishops.In addition to... Read More

The Rev. Thomas E. Frank

Call for end to church trials over same-sex weddings gets varied reaction

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — A United Methodist polity expert’s call to halt church trials related to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality is sparking conversation both in the... Read More

The Rev. Arthur McClanahan receives his award as “Communicator of the Year.”  Photo by Ken Howle.

Awards honor United Methodist communicators

The United Methodist Association of Communicators named the Rev. Arthur McClanahan as “Communicator of the Year” and inducted the Rev. Boyce A. Bowdon into its Hall of Fame. Read More

Flooding in Longmont, Colo., forced area residents – including a United Methodist district superintendent – to evacuate Sept. 13. Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Conference.

Prayer, funds needed after Colorado floods

United Methodists in Colorado are asking for prayers and monetary donations in the wake of ongoing floods that have ripped up roads, cut off communities and taken the lives of... Read More

Bishop Robert Hayes Jr., second from left, joins in a prayer at the tornado-damaged home of United Methodist Trent Steward in Moore, Okla. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Bishop Hayes urges prayer for storm-tossed

"As people of faith we know there is no storm or wind or water that can destroy the foundation of our faith and hope, which is in Jesus Christ, our... Read More

The Rev. David Wilson. A UMNS photo by Ronny Perry.

Oklahoma Tornado: Native American conference gears up to help

In the wake of disaster, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference often can help native families in ways that other agencies might overlook. Read More

From left, siblings Taylor, Haylee, Clayton and Zane Chiarello grin with their pooches after the storm. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Randy Shrauner.

Oklahoma Tornado: Church protects people and pets

United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City shelters people and their four-legged friends whenever dangerous storms draw near. Read More

Germany Area Bishop Rosemarie Wenner is handed roses from Bishop Peggy Johnson following the “passing of the gavel ceremony” in 2012. The ceremony marked her taking office as the Council of Bishops president. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Bishops hold 2nd consecutive closed meeting

The gathering will be more like a retreat to exchange ideas, say bishops. Still, some longtime church observers say the meeting should be open. Read More

A 2012 portrait of the Rev. Karen Greenwaldt. Photo by Gregory Byerline.

Top Discipleship exec to retire after 13 years

The Rev. Karen Greenwaldt plans to retire Dec. 31 after 13 years at helm of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship and more than 30 years as a staff member with the agency. Read More

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata (left) and Jim Winkler, chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, walk together to the Imagine No Malaria conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 3, 2012.

Winkler to leave as top executive of United Methodist social advocacy agency

Jim Winkler, who sometimes has been a lightning rod for controversy in advocating the church’s social positions, will depart this year as the top executive for the United Methodist... Read More

United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck speaks about the importance of “holy conversation” about contentious issues facing The United Methodist Church during its pre-General Conference news briefing in January 2012 at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Bishop supports Illinois same-sex bill

Bishop Dyck also notes she will follow church law on the issue. Read More

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe

Bledsoe nominated to lead Northwest Texas-N.M. area

The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops has recommended Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to fill the vacancy in the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Episcopal Area, which encompasses the Northwest Texas... Read More

Bishop’s reinstatement moves forward

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, announced today, Dec. 5, the next steps in following the ruling decision by the denomination’s top court... Read More

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. A UMNS 2008 file photo by Maile Bradfield.

Bishops take steps to reinstate Bledsoe by January

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, said on Monday, Nov. 19, that the hope is to reinstate Bledsoe by January 2013. Read More

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, Council of Bishops president, accepts the gavel from the former council president, Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, in a “passing of the gavel” ceremony April 26 in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS file photo by Kathleen Barry.

Bishops to gather for closed retreat

The first meeting with newly elected bishops focuses on spirituality but takes place at a time when bishops face increasing scrutiny. Read More

Erin Hawkins, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Religion and Race agency charts new future

Commission and Religion and Race beginning conversations with the Commission on the Status and Role of Women on aligning the agencies' work. Read More

Don House, at left, chair of the South Central Jurisdiction's episcopacy committee, talks with Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe during a break in the hearing to determine whether the committee votes to place Bledsoe in involuntary retirement. Photo taken July 17, 2012 in Oklahoma City. A UMNS photo by Heather Hahn.

Holmes says Bledsoe hearing ‘heading right direction’

Episcopacy committee weighing decision about whether North Texas Conference bishop will be involuntarily retired. Read More

M. Garlinda Burton, top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women, speaks about proposed church restructuring on May 2 during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Restructuring plan gets tentative OK

By a vote of 567 to 384, the 2012 United Methodist General Conference gave tentative approval to a slightly amended version of “Plan UMC” to reconfigure general agencies and downsize their boards. The... Read More