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Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto speaks with Northern Illinois Bishop Sally Dyck during a Council of Bishops gathering in Dallas on April 30.

Ruling greeted with confusion, hope

The only openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church is still a bishop, despite a ruling that confused many in the church. Read More

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Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical.

What does it mean to be evangelical?

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Just don’t call them fundamentalists. Here is why. Read More

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Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto speaks with Northern Illinois Bishop Sally Dyck during a Council of Bishops gathering in Dallas on April 30.

Ruling greeted with confusion, hope

The only openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church is still a bishop, despite a ruling that confused many in the church. Read More

Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen)  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Review all clergy qualifications, court says

United Methodist boards of ordained ministry cannot ignore the issue of homosexuality when evaluating clergy candidates, the Judicial Council has ruled. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) leans over to speak with her wife, Robin Ridenour (behind Oliveto) prior to a meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council in Newark, N.J. The denomination's top court ruled on April 28 that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law. At right is Bishop Elaine Stanovsky. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Consecration of gay bishop against church law

Judicial Council, top court for The United Methodist Church, says bishop “in good standing” until due process completed. Read More

Dr. Francis Karteh, Liberia’s chief medical officer and a United Methodist, seen here in Ganta, in February, confirmed ten people were dead from an unidentified cause in Greenville City, Liberia, but insisted the deaths were not related to the Ebola virus.

2 United Methodists among 10 mysterious deaths

Two United Methodists are among 10 who died after eating food at a funeral and a third remains in critical condition. Health officials have ruled out Ebola. Read More

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

What does it mean to be evangelical?

Plenty of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives claim the name evangelical. Just don’t call them fundamentalists. Here is why. Read More

The San Antonio, Texas brothel run by Mary “Madam” Volino would in 1895 become a rescue ministry for young women in prostitution. The change came after Volino’s dramatic conversion. The Methodist-supported ministry would soon shift its focus, arranging adoptions of babies born there to young women pregnant out of wedlock. This undated photo shows the infant room. Photo courtesy of Providence Place.

From brothel madam to Methodist mission founder

United Methodist's research sheds light on Mary `Madam' Volino, whose conversion yielded a Texas ministry now in its 122nd year. Read More

The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto of the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus leads a prayer prior to an oral hearing before the denomination's top court, meeting in Newark, N.J., questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Spectators pray, sing at Judicial Council

About 200 people prayed, sang and celebrated Holy Communion before and after a Judicial Council hearing on whether a gay bishop can be elected and consecrated in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) meets Dixie Brewster (right) for the first time prior to the opening of oral arguments before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Brewster is petitioner questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. At rear is the Rev. Keith Boyette, representing Brewster before the council. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Court hears arguments over gay bishop

An elected representative of one U.S. regional body asks whether the episcopal election in another region violates United Methodist Church law. Read More

Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to take up bishops’ proposals related to church unity and homosexuality. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read More

Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, speaks during the opening worship service of the board’s 2017 spring meeting in Atlanta. Photo by Cindy Mack, GBGM.

Migration as a mission challenge, blessing

Issues and actions surrounding migration highlight the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ spring meeting. Read More

The Rev. H. Louis Jones takes a break from gutting flood-damaged drywall and pews at Hope Community United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, La. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Grants for disaster recovery, health needs

Directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief approve grants for disaster relief efforts by conferences and for health boards in Africa. Read More

The Rev. Kathleen McMurray joins a Good Friday vigil at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock to protest planned executions of seven inmates. McMurray is associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Conway, Ark. Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist

Arkansas executes 4th man in 8 days

As Arkansas put two more men to death on April 24, United Methodist clergy continued to speak out against the multiple executions. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto says goodbye Aug. 14 at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, after eight years as pastor. She was elected bishop by the Western Jurisdiction in July. Oliveto is the first openly gay pastor elected to the United Methodist episcopacy and her standing could be affected by a case before the denomination’s Judicial Council. Photo by Alain McLaughlin Photography Inc.

Church braces for ruling on gay bishop

Some say fragile unity will be tested, regardless of the ruling in the case that could affect United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read More

The Judicial Council at its April meeting faces a petition asking how the election of an openly gay bishop squares with the Book of Discipline, the denomination's governing document. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop

The denomination’s top court faces a question of whether it should weigh in on Bishop Oliveto’s election at all. Read More

A panel discussion at U.N. headquarters focuses on the role of faith-based organizations in refugee resettlement work. The panel was part of the Focus on Faith series of the U.N.’s Department of Public Information- Non-Governmental Organizations, and organized in partnership with LDS Charities. Photo courtesy of Ryan John Koch, LDS New York Office of Public and International Affairs.

Faith groups bring hope, new life to refugees

Panel at U.N. headquarters highlights decades-long leadership of faith-based groups in U.S. refugee resettlement. Read More

The Rev. Kristin Sundt, front, in traditional Norweigan clothing, leads members of the congregation from Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as Mindekirken, in a parade celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day. The church marks the day each year on the weekend closest to May 17. Photo courtesy of Kristin Sundt.

Norwegian United Methodist pastor leads Lutheran church

Appointment of Norwegian United Methodist pastor to Lutheran church highlights value of ecumenism. Read More

Women take a break from their knitting class at Banyam Theological Seminary in Bambur, Nigeria. The seminary is now providing training in basic skills for the wives of male students such as tailoring, knitting and basic administrative skills that will help them run a church alongside their husband. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Nigerian seminary educates pastors’ wives

A United Methodist seminary in Nigeria is providing basic skills training for the wives of students training to be pastors. Read More

The Rev. Portia Kanoyangwa was the first to receive treatment during a medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in the Chitungwiza and Marondera rural districts of Zimbabwe. A total of 355 patients with various ailments benefited from the free program. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Hundreds benefit from medical outreach

Free medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in rural Zimbabwe also encouraged patients to seek treatment sooner. Read More

Agatha Muagura speaks softly to the chicken she has selected to slaughter as part of a training exercise at the Africa University farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Muagura, a freshman agriculture student from Mozambique, wants to be a farmer.

Africa University farm feeds multitudes

Happy animals, abundant crops makes the pan-African university self-sustaining. The agricultural department was one of first two faculties established in 1992. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward meet in small groups during their April 6-8 meeting in Washington, D.C. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops

Way Forward group ponders structural changes

As the commission works toward church unity, some members say the group is contemplating “loosening the connection.” Read More