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Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) speaks during a May 22, 2018, oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council, meeting in Evanston, Ill. At right is Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Question to court: Who can submit petitions?

In a two-hour session, streamed online, Judicial Council heard arguments about petitions related to the special General Conference in 2019. Read More

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Author chronicles faith journey after cancer diagnosis

When cancer “kicked down the walls” of her life, author Kate Bowler relied on her faith, but also saw it change. Her new book shares her story. Read More

Harriett Jane Olson, United Methodist Women chief executive officer, gives closing remarks at the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist Women urged to boldly change world

More than 6,000 women gathered for three days of listening, learning and social action geared toward giving them the “power of bold.” Read More

Photo of Jared Black, courtesy of family. Black was a victim of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texsa, in May, 2018.

Church helps while grieving mass shooting victim

Aldersgate United Methodist in Santa Fe, Texas, opens doors to agencies providing counseling and other support. Read More

The Rev Alicia Coltzer-Besser, superintendent of the Texas Conference's Southeast District, and her mother, Margaret Heck. Heck was substitute teaching at Santa Fe High School, near Galveston, Texas, when a mass shooting occurred there May 18. She was unharmed. Photo courtesy Texas Conference.

United Methodists, bishop respond to school shooting

United Methodists in the Santa Fe, Texas, area and Bishop Scott Jones have responded to a deadly school shooting. Read More

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. (middle) and Bishop Bruce R. Ough listen to Bishop Cynthia F. Harvey during a May 4 press conference after the Council of Bishops recommended the One Church Plan to help The United Methodist Church stay unified despite division over how to minister with LGBTQ persons. The council issued a May 18 press release clarifying its recommendation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops clarify statement on Way Forward recommendation

One Church Plan is headed for the special General Conference as legislation with ʽsupplementary materials’ provided on two other plans. Read More