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The Rev. William Shillady, executive director of the United Methodist City Society in New York, will give the closing prayer on July 28 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Closing with prayer in Philadelphia

A United Methodist minister will give the closing prayer Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. Read More

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Closing with prayer in Philadelphia

A United Methodist minister will give the closing prayer Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. Read More

The Rev. Edlen Cowley (standing right) of Fellowship United Methodist Church in Trophy Club, Texas, and the Rev. Andy Stoker (standing left) of First United Methodist Church in Dallas lead a July 24 small group discussion about how United Methodists can respond constructively to the Dallas police shootings. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Making a difference in Dallas

United Methodists bond after police shootings, seeking to promote dialogue and social action Read More

People stop alongside a makeshift memorial to victims of the July 22 Olympia Mall shooting in Munich that killed nine and left 27 injured. Photo © Volker Kiemle

Munich church becomes sanctuary during shooting

When a gunman opened fire at a German mall, a nearby United Methodist church offered refuge and comfort to frightened shoppers. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Solito K. Toquero (left) and Rodolfo A. Juan break sweet potatoes for Holy Communion at a rally during the first State of the Nation Address July 25 by President Rodrigo R. Duterte of the Philippines in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana

Church supports ‘genuine change’ in Philippines

New president’s State of the Nation Address inspires hope in many. Read More

The Rev. Steven Bailey, a United Methodist pastor in Cleveland, will give the invocation on July 21 at the Republican National Convention.

Offering a prayer in Cleveland

A United Methodist district superintendent will give the invocation Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. Read More

Church members line up to make contributions using point-of-sale machines at Chisipiti United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. A UMNS photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Zimbabwe churches find cash alternatives for giving

The African country’s current cash shortages have pushed United Methodist churches to suggest plastic or electronic transfers for offerings. Read More

Bishop Franz Schaefer led United Methodists in Central and Southern Europe during the Cold War. Photo courtesy of Bishop Patrick Streiff's office

Bishop Schäfer, bridge builder, dies at 95

The bishop crossed ideological differences to lead United Methodists in both democratic Western Europe and the Eastern bloc. Read More

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is consecrated July 16, 2016, as a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction during a ceremony at Wichita First United Methodist Church. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1

Some bishops move to new locations, others stay put as the 2016 jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church conclude after electing 15 new bishops. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop

The Rev. Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, was consecrated July 16 as a bishop of the United Methodist Church, after her election by the Western Jurisdiction. Read More

Women in the Southeastern Jurisdiction pray for Bishops-elect Sue Haupert-Johnson (in green-and-blue) and Sharma Lewis (in yellow-and-white) a day before their consecration. United Methodists already have elected a record number of women bishops this year. Photo by Jasmine Haynes, Mississippi Conference

New women bishops make history

U.S. delegates have elected more women bishops than in any previous class of United Methodist episcopal leaders. Four are African American. Read More

The Rev. Karen Oliveto accepts her election by the Western Jurisdiction as a United Methodist bishop. Oliveto is currently the senior pastor at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Calif. Her wife, Robin Ridenour, stands behind her. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference.

Western Jurisdiction elects openly gay United Methodist bishop

The Western Jurisdiction elects the Rev. Karen Oliveto the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Dallas Area Bishop Michael McKee places an episcopal pin on the Rev. Bob Farr, newly elected United Methodist bishop of the South Central Jurisdiction. Farr was elected July 15, 2016, on the 35th ballot. Photo by Todd Siefert

South Central elects final bishop of 2016 on record 35th ballot

The South Central Jurisdiction elected a third bishop, the Rev. Robert “Bob” Farr of the Missouri Conference. Read More

The Rev. James “Jimmy” Nunn is a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction, elected July 15. Photo by Todd Seifert, UMNS

South Central elects Jimmy Nunn as bishop

Northwest Texas Conference pastor chosen on 21st ballot Read More

A time to save lives and do justice

United Methodist pastor writes, “We must focus on those most vulnerable and ask why their presence conjures up so much fear and violence.” Read More

Resolution recommends letting regional bodies adapt Discipline

United Methodists in Northeastern Jurisdiction use petitions to show disagreement with church law on sexuality issues. Read More

North Central Jurisdiction elects Laurie Haller

Colleagues applaud her spiritual depth, commitment Read More

The Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling of the New England Conference stands with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar after she was elected bishop by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Beth DiCocco, New England Conference.

Northeastern elects Easterling as bishop

The Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling was the second bishop elected by The United Methodist Church’s Northeastern Jurisdiction. Read More

Newly elected Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. embraces a delegate to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference after winning election during the conference July 14, 2016, in Wichita. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

South Central elects Saenz as new bishop

The Rev. Ruben Saenz Jr., Rio Texas Conference, was the first of three new bishops to be elected by the United Methodist jurisdiction. Read More

The Rev. Frank Beard, Indiana Conference, is escorted to the stage by Illinois Area Bishop Jonathan Keaton (left) and Indiana Area Bishop Michael Coyner (right) after the announcement that Beard was elected bishop by the North Central Jurisdiction July 13, 2016 on the sixth ballot. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Frank Beard elected bishop by North Central Jurisdiction

The Indianapolis pastor was elected on the sixth ballot at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Read More