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Bishop Warner Brown addresses the Council of Bishops inside Collins Hall at First United Methodist Church in Portland, Ore.

Bishops’ president: Believe church can change

Ahead of GC2016, Bishop Brown shared his own experiences with the church’s desegregation to explain his faith in the church’s power to transform. Read More

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The Rev. Nyenda Okoko (center) leads a procession to welcome visitors to Oye United Methodist Church, south of Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo. General Conference 2016, set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon, will consider when to add bishops in Africa.

GC2016: When to add bishops in Africa?

Committee wants comprehensive plan first, but others say the need is too great to wait. Read More

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In an open letter released May 3, the chairs of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and New York Conference boards of ordained ministry called on other United Methodist conferences to join them in their decision to no longer inquire about the sexual orientation of their ministry candidates.

Boards challenge others to remove LGBTQ bar

New York, Baltimore-Washington say conference boards of ordained ministry have authority to approve candidates without asking about sexual preference. Read More

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Bishop Warner Brown addresses the Council of Bishops inside Collins Hall at First United Methodist Church in Portland, Ore.

Bishops’ president: Believe church can change

Ahead of GC2016, Bishop Brown shared his own experiences with the church’s desegregation to explain his faith in the church’s power to transform. Read More

Farmers (many of them Lumads) stage a die-in protest along General Santos-Cotabato national highway in Koronadal City, Philippines, to raise their demand to the government for the immediate release of calamity funds and justice to the farmers of North Cotabato who were violently dispersed last April 1 in Kidapawan City.

Commentary: GC2016 will hear Lumad plight

The Lumads, indigenous peoples in the Philippines, are on a pilgrimage in the United States to tell their stories of struggle and hope. Read More

The Rev. Nyenda Okoko (center) leads a procession to welcome visitors to Oye United Methodist Church, south of Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo. General Conference 2016, set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon, will consider when to add bishops in Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016: When to add bishops in Africa?

Committee wants comprehensive plan first, but others say the need is too great to wait. Read More

Women and children who were in the collapsed building gather in a Red Cross tent. Photo by Anthony Maiga, UMNS

Church members hospitalized after Kenya building collapse

Four members of Huruma United Methodist Church sustain injuries; others lose homes in building collapse in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More

Julu Swen in Monrovia, Liberia, receives a text message on Ebola, written by Liberia Area Bishop John G. Innis. United Methodist Communications transmitted information.

New program will text GC2016 news to Africa

Texting updates from legislative meetings will bridge the gap between those with and without Internet access. Read More

In an open letter released May 3, the chairs of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and New York Conference boards of ordained ministry called on other United Methodist conferences to join them in their decision to no longer inquire about the sexual orientation of their ministry candidates.

Boards challenge others to remove LGBTQ bar

New York, Baltimore-Washington say conference boards of ordained ministry have authority to approve candidates without asking about sexual preference. Read More

Map highlighting the United Methodist jurisdictions and annual conferences in the United States of America. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications

GC2016: Remaking the denomination’s map?

A number of proposals aim to change the church’s future by changing its organizational map. Read More

Banyam Theological Seminary in rural Nigeria has regular electricity in some of its buildings, thanks to a solar project supported by a grant from the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. Photo by Chris Congdon for the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership of the Iowa Conference.

GC2016: Fund boosts clergy education across globe

Delegates asked to renew $5 million for Central Conference Theological Education Fund Read More

The Rev. Ignace Mengada, pastor of Zion United Methodist Church, Obala, Cameroon, speaks at a Peace with Justice seminar. Photo by Neil Christie, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

Careless words make lifelong impact

Insulted by her parents, Marthe sought acceptance in prostitution but found refuge in church. Read More

United Methodist clergy and clergy candidates from New York Conference came out as lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer.

15 United Methodist clergy, candidates come out as gay

This is the first time a group of ministers have taken action together in publicly announcing what is a chargeable offense under United Methodist Church law. Read More