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The United Methodist Book of Discipline allows clergy under complaint to be suspended.

District superintendent suspended

The Rev. Jisun Kwak of the Greater New Jersey Conference is suspended from work while under complaint. Read More

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The United Methodist Church officially is in “support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity.” Methodists in support of immigration reform marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Disappointment with immigration ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling leaves undocumented families more vulnerable to deportation, some United Methodist leaders say. Read More

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The United Methodist Book of Discipline allows clergy under complaint to be suspended. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

District superintendent suspended

The Rev. Jisun Kwak of the Greater New Jersey Conference is suspended from work while under complaint. Read More

The United Methodist Church officially is in “support of just and fair immigration policies that benefit and allow the family to preserve and maintain its unity.” Methodists in support of immigration reform marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Disappointment with immigration ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling leaves undocumented families more vulnerable to deportation, some United Methodist leaders say. Read More

The General Conference 2016 met in Portland, Ore., May 10-20. More than 800 delegates voted on church law, adopted resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues and approved plans and budgets for churchwide programs.

Oregon-Idaho takes up support for RCRC denied at GC2016

After General Conference 2016 told two general agencies to end membership in the faith coalition that supports reproductive health and abortion, the Oregon-Idaho Conference voted to join. Read More

The Rev. Connie Semy Mella of the Mindanao, Philippines Conference was among those at General Conference 2016, in Portland, Oregon, who spoke of the importance of the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Theological education fund wins big

General Conference budgets extra $5 million for training church leaders in central conferences. Read More

Two conferences vote for full inclusion of LGBTQ

The Desert Southwest and California-Pacific conferences call for a halt to judicial actions related to church law that discriminates against LGBTQ people. Read More

The Revs. Will Green (left) and John Blackadar offer a resolution that the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church

New England Conference passes ʽact of non-conformity’

New England delegates overwhelmingly say conference won’t honor church law regarding homosexuality. Read More

Members of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church hold glow sticks during a prayer vigil in response to the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. The vigil was held in Orlando on the first day of the conference’s yearly meeting. Photo by Lance Rothwell, Florida Conference

Tears, prayers at conference vigil for Orlando victims

Florida Conference prayer vigil an outpouring of love for mass shooting victims, families. Read More

General Conference has authorized a study of the areas bishops serve in the United States.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

U.S. Northeast keeps bishops — for now

The 2016 General Conference voted to leave the number of U.S. bishops unchanged as church leaders consider changing the denomination’s map. Read More

New England board of ordained ministry co-chairs Yoo-Yun Cho-Chang and Peter Hey announced they will evaluate clergy candidates “based solely upon an understanding of their gifts for ministry and their readiness to serve Jesus Christ.”

New England, South Georgia differ on gay clergy

New England board of ordained ministry follows five others in not considering sexual orientation in ordained ministry, while South Georgia voted to uphold the Book of Discipline’s stance. Read More

Forty years after the Soweto uprising, leaders of churches in conflict-torn countries gathered in South Africa to study the ways of peace and reconciliation. The ecumenical gathering in Johannesburg was organized by the World Council of Churches and the South African Council of Churches. Photo courtesy of the World Council of Churches

Finding peace from conflict, post-Soweto

South African, ecumenical church leaders use 40th anniversary of Soweto uprising as backdrop for consultation on peace building, reconciliation. Read More

The Rev. Anne Gatobu from the Global AIDS Fund speaks during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 18 in Portland, Ore. In the background are the Rev. Donald Messer and the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

AIDS goal: Ending the public health threat

In a Q&A, leaders of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund outline plans to keep the denomination involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Read More

Clergywoman denies same-sex weddings caused harm

Resolution allows the Rev. Janet Ellinger to keep clergy credentials after officiating at two same-sex weddings. Read More

Henriette Awuy points to the new church building for Bita United Methodist Church. She donated money and sheet metal for the building.

Dream, banner help church in Congo village

A banner and a dream helped with the founding and improvements for Bita United Methodist Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

United Methodists who support the full inclusion of gay and lesbians in the life of church, including Lea Matthews, at left, stand in a silent demonstration May 18 inside the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. They entered the plenary hall and silently circled the center altar. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Speaking up after Orlando shootings

United Methodists encouraged to address publicly the contributing factors to deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Read More

Isaac Broune (left) and Joe Tueche Ndzulo handle the French desk during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. News reports from General Conference were transmitted via text message in four languages to almost 4,000 recipients in Africa.

Thousands of Africans received GC2016 news via text

A new texting program kept African United Methodists in the loop as General Conference was happening. Read More

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, whose congregation has many LGBTQ members, already had a blood drive planned June 12. In the wake of a mass shooting that targeted gay people, the drive drew tremendous community support. Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

After hate, Orlando church offers hope

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, which has many LGBTQ members, responds to mass shooting with hospitality. Read More

United Methodists are united in prayer following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Florida bishop responds to massacre

In wake of deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Bishop Carter urges United Methodists to bring message of healing to all people. Read More

'Historic' service commissions, ordains gay clergy

The New York Annual Conference celebrated what Bishop Jane Allen Middleton called an “historic ordination service.” Four of the clergy candidates had come out as gay. Read More

Plan UMC agency restructuring got a chilly reception at the 2016 General Conference. Church leaders still are looking for how agencies can better serve the global connection. Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

After GC2016, future murky for agency reform

Plan UMC got a cool reception at this General Conference, but proponents still hope some form of agency restructuring will come back in four years. Read More

Methodists in New Directions celebrated the vote affirming openly LGBTQ candidates with an impromptu worship, which culminated in a laying-on of hands for the four candidates.

NY Conference approves LGBTQ ministry candidates

New York Conference approved 28 candidates for ministry, including four who came out as gay. Read More