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The Rev. Benjamin David Hutchison addresses supporters at a press conference July 28 outside the Michigan Area bishop’s office in Lansing, Mich. Hutchison, who is openly gay, was forced to resign July 13 from Cassopolis United Methodist Church.

Protest, complaint follow gay pastor’s removal

United Methodist Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey plans to meet Aug. 31 with nine clergy as part of complaint for pastor’s wedding. Read More

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In this file photo, Bishop John K. Yambasu uses a Bible instead of laying on of hands during the induction of clergy as deacons and elders due to the Ebola outbreak. Senesie Rogers is being inducted as interim young adults president.

Sierra Leone works to meet post-Ebola challenges

United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu says hunger, education and isolated cases of Ebola are concerns. Read More

Richard Wiah, president of the College of West Africa, a United Methodist school, checks the temperature of student before he enters the classroom.

Liberia honors churches for service during Ebola outbreak

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a United Methodist, described the LCC as “champions of peace.” Read More

The Rev. Benjamin David Hutchison addresses supporters at a press conference July 28 outside the Michigan Area bishop’s office in Lansing, Mich. Hutchison, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor, was forced to resign July 13 from Cassopolis United Methodist Church after the district superintendent received a complaint that the pastor was openly gay and in a relationship. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Protest, complaint follow gay pastor’s removal

United Methodist Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey plans to meet Aug. 31 with nine clergy as part of complaint for pastor’s wedding. Read More

Climate change was one of the topics addressed by United Methodism Women during the 2011 National Seminar in Birmingham, Ala. Social action issues highlighting the 2015 seminar in Chicago include mass incarceration.

UMW members connect with Chicago organizers

Public events include a town hall on mass incarceration and rally of faith leaders on police accountability. Read More

Wesley United Methodist Church's decision to leave the denomination prompted financial and property negotiations with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The Quarryville, Pa., church is now called Wesley Church. Photo courtesy Wesley Church

Fast-growing church leaves with property

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference settles with theologically conservative church that voted to leave the denomination. Read More

The executive board of Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders. But religiously affiliated units still can maintain their own prohibitions. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Churches can have gay Boy Scout leaders

No local church will be required to accept any volunteer based on the new policy, says United Methodist Men executive. Read More

Bishop warns against war, leads trip to Hiroshima, Nagasaki

United Methodists join others in World Council of Churches’ Japan pilgrimage for ceremonies, prayer in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read More

The Rev. Jose Umali (right) tries ham radio equipment during a lecture to clergy and laity in the Philippines.  Photo courtesy of Gladys Mangiduyos

Filipino ‘ham’ radio operators train for disasters

Seminars sponsored by United Methodist Communications designed to help fill gap when the power fails. Read More

The Rev. Benjamin David Hutchison stands by the sign of Cassopolis United Methodist Church where he served as pastor for two and a half years. He recently was forced to resign from his post at the church against the congregation's wishes. Photo courtesy of Benjamin David Hutchison

Gay pastor’s removal brings sadness, defiance

United Methodist clergy are now facing complaints for officiating at the pastor’s same-sex wedding in violation of church law. Read More

Dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. They held Communion around the center table and sang songs, causing the presiding bishop to suspend the morning session. 2012 file photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Annual meetings stir human sexuality debates

U.S. United Methodist conferences take different positions on church’s long-standing laws on same-sex marriages. Read More