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Laura Kirkpatrick (center) is ordained during the 2008 Tennessee Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Commentary: Preaching tips for new clergy

The Rev. A.W. “Bill” Martin Jr., emeritus professor of religion at United Methodist-related Oklahoma City University, offers some timely advice in a letter to new ordinands about applying what… Read More

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Bishop Nkulu Natanda Ntambo

Bishop Ntambo attends World Humanitarian Summit

First-ever U.N. event brings together 9,000 people from 173 countries, including 55 heads of state Read More

Laura Kirkpatrick (center) is ordained during the 2008 Tennessee Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: Preaching tips for new clergy

The Rev. A.W. “Bill” Martin Jr., emeritus professor of religion at United Methodist-related Oklahoma City University, offers some timely advice in a letter to new ordinands about applying what... Read More

After worship services in the Bethany memory care unit, retired United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder goes around the room, greeting each resident by name. Carder is serving as interim chaplain at Bethany, part of the Heritage at Lowman senior community near Columbia, S.C. Photo by Matt Brodie.

Retired bishop serves memory care unit as chaplain

Bishop Kenneth Carder’s experience with his wife’s dementia leads him to a new ministry assignment that he’s happy to have. Read More

General Conference 2016 made a decision to put the issues of human sexuality on hold. Since then, three openly gay pastors are candidates for episcopal elections when the five U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church meet July 13-16. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

3 gay pastors among nominees for bishop

Two openly gay pastors from the Western Jurisdiction and a third from the North Central Jurisdiction have been nominated for election as United Methodist bishops. Read More

Those leaving the airport stand in the last portion of the line through passport control after the June 28 bombings at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Photo by Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries

United Methodist safe after Istanbul attack

Thomas Kemper, top executive, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, escapes injury, calls for unified response to terror. Read More

Louise Short, 106, (center) visits with Bishop Benjamin Chamness on May 1 during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is Jo Ann McClain, administrative assistant for the Council of Bishops. A file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Louise Short, General Conference stalwart, dies at 110

Until this year, the widow of Bishop Roy Short, attended every General Conference going back to 1939 ─ 18 assemblies. Read More

The Rev. J.F. Lacaria surveys flood damage at Clendenin (W. Va.) United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

West Virginia churches cope, help after historic floods

United Methodists join in relief efforts, even as they’re mucking out their own church buildings Read More

A colonial-era circuit-riding evangelist was part a special service on June 26 at Boehm’s Chapel, a United Methodist heritage landmark near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A trio of Mennonite bishops brought a proclamation reversing the 1775 ex-communication of Martin Boehm, a Mennonite who became a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Photo by John Coleman, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Mennonites reconnect with UMC founder

At Boehm’s Chapel near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonites restore credentials of a founder of the present-day United Methodist Church. Read More

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