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What United Methodists need to know about voting

‘If we do not vote, how can we be a voice of justice and hope?’ Two young pastors weigh in on what people of faith should consider before voting. Read More

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The Rev. James D. Karblee (second row center) with Bishops John G. Innis and Arthur F. Kulah at the Gbarnga School of Theology in March.  Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

United Methodist University acting president is dead

The Rev. Dr. James D. Karblee, acting president at United Methodist University, died suddenly on Oct. 29. Read More

What United Methodists need to know about voting

‘If we do not vote, how can we be a voice of justice and hope?’ Two young pastors weigh in on what people of faith should consider before voting. Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer speaks about his book, “Defrocked,” at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, one day after his Judicial Council hearing in Memphis, Tenn.

Update: Decision won’t end United Methodist same-sex debate

The United Methodist Church's top court has upheld an appellate committee's earlier ruling to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer's clergy credentials. Read More

The Rev. Robert Zilhaver of the Western Pennsylvania Conference speaks during an oral hearing Oct. 22 before the United Methodist Judicial Council in Memphis, Tenn. The hearing was related to a petition from the conference on guidelines for the review and dismissal of a complaint against a bishop. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Judicial Council looks at ‘aspirational’ declarations

Language on sexuality issues, question on complaint process among issues addressed in top court’s October decisions. Read More

Phileas Jusu and Julu Swen were named 2014 United Methodist Communicators of the Year for their coverage of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Photo by Art McClanahan

African communicators take top honors

Two African writers were named United Methodist Communicators of the Year. Read More

Judicial Council Decision 1270 Re: Frank Schaefer

The full text of Judicial Council Decision 1270, regarding appeal of the Northern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals in the matter of Frank Schaefer.' } Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer (third from right) stands with family and supporters during a prayer service for unity at Court Square Park in Memphis, Tennessee, prior to the Oct. 22 oral hearing on his case by the United Methodist Judicial Council. Schaefer was found guilty in a November 2013 church trial of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son but regained his clergy credentials upon appeal. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Top court affirms Schaefer’s reinstatement as clergy

United Methodist Judicial Council says committee on appeals made no errors in its decision to restore Pennsylvania pastor’s credentials. Read More

The Rev. Lowell McCoy, a United Methodist, taught for more than 50 years at a rabbinical school.  Photo courtesy of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati

United Methodist ‘rabbi’ honored by Jewish school

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion creates award for the Rev. Lowell McCoy, longtime speech professor. Read More

The Rev. Christopher Fisher (right) addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council which will decide whether to uphold the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer (left), who lost his credentials after being found guilty in a church trial last November of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. An oral hearing on the matter opened the council’s Oct. 22-25 fall meeting in Memphis, Tenn. Fisher serves as counsel for the church.

Judicial Council hears arguments on Schaefer case

United Methodist top court is considering whether pastor who performed same-sex wedding will retain ministerial credentials. Read More

Stephen Mansfield, president/CEO of Methodist Health Systems. Photo courtesy of Methodist Health System.

Methodist Health System in Dallas answers Ebola call

Methodist Health System in Dallas will provide space for state-of-the-art Ebola treatment, in partnership with other local hospitals. Read More

The Rev. Jacob Keega calls for maintaining faith in God during the Ebola threat. He preached Oct. 19 to the Heart of Africa Fellowship at Dallas’ Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Ebola grief: Every church service is like a funeral

United Methodist churches in the U.S. are sharing grief, sending support to loved ones dying in Liberia and Sierra Leone of the deadly Ebola virus. Read More

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

Early warning proposed for General Conference legislation

A proposed advisory panel aims to give delegates a heads up if a petition might violate the denomination’s constitution. Read More

The Rev. Talbot Davis. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Talbot Davis

Commentary: Reasons not to go into ministry

A pastor sorts through the bad and good motivations for a clergy career. Read More

Methodists in Hong Kong have called for calm and restraint following continuing clashes between the government and protesters and joined in a statement from the Hong Kong Christian Council urging both parties to engage in dialogue. Photo courtesy of the Rev. G. Howard Mellor.

Christians call for dialogue in Hong Kong protests

Methodists also saw an opportunity to drop barriers and serve community in the district where protests are occurring. Read More

An outreach team from Miller McAllister United Methodist Church, Ganta, Liberia, gather rice, bags of charcoal, buckets with chlorine and soap, drinking water and other food for families infected with Ebola.

Church brings hope to Ebola-infected families

The people of Miller McAllister United Methodist Church, Ganta, Liberia, are responding to people affected by Ebola with food and words of hope. Read More

Students at Gbarnga School of Theology in Libera work on e-readers preloaded with three years of theological content shown in a 2013 file photo. Photo by Jeff Oliver.

E-Reader Project set to expand in Africa, Philippines

The pilot school, although temporarily closed due to Ebola, showed the project’s potential for helping pastors-in-training. Read More

Women in Kigali, Rwanda, learn skills such as hairstyling as part of an economic empowerment project of Mbwirandumva, “Speak I’m Listening,” for impoverished women. Photo courtesy of Don Messer.

Commentary: Scripture re-enacted in post-genocidal Rwanda

Because of stigma, no one living with HIV was willing to speak publicly at the AIDS workshop for United Methodist pastors. Read More

The Rev. Damião Elias, a member of the Commission on General Conference, and interpreter Isaura Arez practice using a Bible app on a tablet. Elias, who is from Mozambique, is among nine commission members who received training from United Methodist Communications and will participate in a pilot project using the tablets. The hope is that the tools will help delegates, especially from Africa and the Philippines, in preparing for General Conference. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

How technology could help General Conference delegates

The United Methodist Commission on General Conference has launched a pilot project using tablet computers in hopes of easing preparation in central conferences. Read More

The Rev. Winston Ashcroft brings greetings to the people of Mamakah, Sierra Leone, from Bishop John Yambasu. He educates them about ways to combat Ebola and prays with them.

Taking Ebola help to remote villages

United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, with help from Norway, sends convoy to offer food, information. Read More