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The Rev. James Dwyer reports June 18 to Claremont United Methodist Church, in Claremont, Calif., on the recent California-Pacific Conference gathering. The conference approved Dwyer’s motion asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of church law and Social Principles language stating that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Photo by Terry Givens.

Petitions: ‘Incompatible’ is unconstitutional

Denmark and California-Pacific take on language at core of homosexuality debate. Read More

Painting by Guido Reni, c. 1635, depicts Joseph with infant Jesus. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Biblical fathers – faithful, flawed servants of God

As the U.S. prepares to mark Father's Day, reflect on some of the ways we can learn from the lives of biblical fathers, despite their imperfections. Read More

Students laugh in a classroom in East Congo. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

A United Methodist Prayer for the Classroom

When students go back to school, so do teachers, administrators, and other staff. Take time to offer this quick prayer for those beginning another school session. View

Student celebrates after graduation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Photo courtesy of Ross Mulhausen, University of Puget Sound.

Go with God: A Prayer for Graduates

Here's a video blessing for those who are celebrating their accomplishments and looking to the future. View

The inlet cross of Belin UMC gleams brights against the sky over Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina. Photo by Austin Bond Photography. .

To Everything There is a Season: A United Methodist Meditation

It is now the summer season in the U.S. Watch a video reflection about change using a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. View

Lay pastor Raphaël Aboua helps serve Holy Communion at Ebenezer Beago United Methodist Church. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Methodist History: Why Isn’t Communion Every Sunday?

You may know that in The United Methodist Church communion is offered to all, but here's why schedules for the sacrament vary from church to church. View

United Methodist Publishing House recommends some great books to read this summer. Photo via Pixabay.com, CC0, public domain.

10 books to feed your faith: Great reads for United Methodists

Summer often offers us more time to relax and read. These enjoyable titles—fiction, inspiration, Bible study, devotion and more—also feed your spirit. Read More

Jesus' ascension has been celebrated by Christians through the centuries. Stained glass by Francois Denis, photo by Crochet.david, via Wikimedia Commons.

Why Ascension Day matters to United Methodists

The Wesleys, leaders of the early Methodist movement, called this an important holy day. A hymn explains its significance. Read More

Council of Bishops President Bruce Ough speaks to his episcopal colleagues during his May 1 presidential address in Dallas, Texas. Ough urged bishops to support the Commission on a Way Forward and redouble their own efforts toward unity, evangelism and social outreach. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Bishop Ough: ‘The entire church is rightly watching’

Council of Bishops’ president speaks candidly to colleagues of leadership challenges amid divisions over homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. Jeff Greenway discusses the need for church reform April 28 at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s “We Believe in the Church!” event, hosted by Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Greenway is chair of the association. Photo by Tim Tanton, UMNS

Evangelical group plans for what’s next

Leaders of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leave open the possibility of a church split. But no matter what happens, group leaders say they’ll be prepared. Read More