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The Commission on a Way Forward suggests changes to our Book of Discipline. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Is the Book of Discipline available online?

Looking for the United Methodist Book of Discipline? The text is available online in several formats. Read More

Court rules on question of authority

General Conference 2016 had requested a review of constitutional paragraphs and past Judicial Council decisions for potential conflict. Read More

The United Methodists bishops extended the “60 Days of Prayer” initiative by pledging to pray continuously throughout the conference and with the delegates. Harrisburg Area Bishop Jeremiah Park (left) offered prayers during a break in the May 12 plenary session at 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Bishops vow to work toward unity, accountability

At a time when debates over human sexuality grow heated, bishops also vow to work toward “orderly” General Conference. Read More

Eveque Gregory V. Palmer arihubiri anuani Maaskofu wakati ya Mukutano ya Kanisa ya Methodiste ya mwaka ya 2016 mu Portland, Oregon. Photo ya Mike DUBOSE, UMNS

Palmer: Tumaniya ahadi ya Mungu na wende mbele

Askofu Palmer aribakumbusha biyumbe yote kama muntu wote ku Conference General ya mwaka ya 2016 eko mutoto wa Mungu. Read More

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer delivers the episcopal address during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Palmer: Trust God’s promise and go forth

Bishop Palmer reminds delegates that everyone at General Conference 2016 is a child of God. Read More

Ginny Mikita helps at a blessing of the animals with the Rev. Benjamin Hutchison at Cassopolis (Mich.) United Methodist Church. Mikita remains a certified candidate to become a deacon after officiating at Hutchison's wedding using online credentials. Photo courtesy of Mikita

Same-sex wedding officiant still clergy candidate

Ginny Mikita was told she forfeited her United Methodist membership when she got a quick online ordination. Those overseeing her candidacy disagree. Read More

Church leaders say by getting online credentials to officiate at a same-sex wedding, a candidate for ordination forfeited her United Methodist status. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Online ordination ends clergy candidacy

Church leaders say by getting online credentials to officiate at a same-sex wedding, a candidate for ordination forfeited her United Methodist status. Read More

A wedding band rests on the Cross and Flame insignia of the 2012 Book of Discipline. United Methodist bishops seek to offer clarity after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal across the United States. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Bishops offer advice after gay marriage ruling

Conducting a same-sex marriage violates church law, but many bishops say there are ways clergy can be in ministry with same-gender couples. Read More

What the Church Says: Violence

The official statements below are from The Book of Resolutions and The Book of Discipline. Statements and resolutions from these books are submitted to, and voted on by delegates, at General Conference, which occurs every four years. General Conference sets policy for the mission and ministry of the church and... Read More

The Rev. Stephen Heiss says the dismissal of the complaint against him comes without any demands. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Complaint ends against Upper New York pastor

The Rev. Stephen Heiss faced a complaint for officiating at same-sex weddings. Read More

Holy Week

The week of Christian observances leading to Easter Sunday. It begins with Palm Sunday and progresses through Holy or Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. More

The 2012 edition of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Making ‘worldwide’ nature of the church be more than geography

Committees are working to identify essential components of the Book of Discipline to propose a process for developing a version that can be used worldwide to the 2016 General Conference. Read More

Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishop: Beware of costs of sexuality debate

Bishop Scott Jones urged the finance agency to consider the implications of proposals related to the church’s stance on homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. William McElvaney, seated, defied United Methodist Church law by presiding at the Saturday, March 1 wedding of George Harris and Jack Evans. The service was at Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas. UMNS Photo by Sam Hodges

Pastor under complaint enters hospice care

The Rev. William McElvaney, 86, who performed same-sex wedding, tells Dallas congregation his liver cancer has spread. Read More

Clergy and faith leaders gather outside Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia in support of  Richard Taylor and William Gatewood (at top of stairs in doorway) following their Nov. 9, 2013 wedding

Complaint received for Philly same-sex union

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson has received a complaint against the 36 pastors who officiated at the Nov. 9 same-sex union at Arch Street United Methodist Church. Read More

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