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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

July 9, 2014

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

Frank Schaefer talks to press after hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference

Schaefer awaiting decision in appeal of credentials

Frank Schaefer, former United Methodist pastor, seeking to regain ministerial credentials after 2013 church trial. Read More

Rev. Frank Schaefer serves Communion to his supporters at the end of his two-day church trial held Nov. 18-19, 2013 in Spring City, Penn.

Appeal hearing set this week in Schaefer case

The Committee on Appeals of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will convene June 20 at Baltimore-Washington Airport Marriott to hear appeal from pastor on loss of ministerial credentials. Read More

Lots has been happening related to church unity and the struggle over church teaching on homosexuality.

Same-gender debate rekindles schism talk

Talk of splitting the church isn’t new, but recent developments have been intensifying the debate. Read More

Retired Bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr. describes his personal journey during an online dialogue on human sexuality, held April 29 by the United Methodist Connectional Table. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward listens.

United Methodist body considers change to sexuality stance

The Connectional Table hosted the first of a series of online dialogues to gather input on human sexuality issue. 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

Dallas pastor conducts same-sex service

The Rev. William McElvaney, a retired pastor and seminary president, followed through Saturday, March 1, on his earlier promise to defy United Methodist Church law by presiding at a same-sex union.McElvaney, 85, conducted a wedding for George Harris, 80, and Jack Evans, 84. The men have been partners for 53 years and are longtime... Read More

Is the Book of Discipline available online?

The Book of Discipline is available online in several formats. Read More

2013: Same-sex wedding issues abound

Weddings and trials sound disharmony for The United Methodist Church as it ends a year that included two well-publicized same-sex weddings and a high-profile church trial for a pastor who officiated at his son’s same-sex nuptials. Read More

Distinctive Wesleyan Emphases

Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in grace, justification, assurance, and sanctification, he combined them in a powerful manner to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life. Read More

Articles of Religion

The series of twenty-five doctrinal statements considered part of the doctrinal standards of The United Methodist Church. The original list of thirty-nine was first adopted by the Church of England in 1563. John Wesley abridged this list to twenty-four (editing out much of their Calvinist emphasis). He sent them to America... Read More

Conference withdraws clergy age guidelines

Texas Conference considered encouraging those older than 45 not to seek ordination but dropped proposal after clergy reaction. Read More

Regional conferences take on social issues

United Methodists tackled hot-button topics like homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform. Read More

Bishop rules on gay clergy candidate

Dorff says question of whether the board of ordained ministry acted properly in discontinuing candidacy is "moot and hypothetical." Read More

U.S. court rulings impact same-sex couples

This morning's U.S. Supreme Court decisions likely will intensify United Methodists' ongoing debate about human sexuality. Read More

Furor over block to gay clergy candidate

Bishop asked to rule on due process in case of Texas woman who had completed steps toward ordination when she came out as lesbian. Read More

Boy Scouts lift ban on gay members

Leaders voted on proposal that retained prohibition on gay adult leaders. Decision affects United Methodist ministries. Read More

Effort to make Social Principles more global

2012 General Conference adopts petition to revise to make them "more succinct, theologically founded and globally relevant." Read More

Theologian charged for same-sex wedding

The Rev. Thomas Ogletree, a retired seminary dean known for his work on Christian ethics, presided over the wedding of his son. Read More

United Methodists prep for 2013 conferences

Amid serious deliberations, members also take time to celebrate in United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Read More

How old is too old to join the clergy?

A Texas Conference proposal to encourage people over 45 not to seek ordination is igniting debate. Read More

Church says no I do’s until all can marry

North Carolina church will still offer premarital counseling and blessings, but no weddings until denomination allows same-sex marriage. Read More

Men’s leaders urge Scouts to delay change

Letter to Boy Scouts of America says United Methodist churches need more time to research implications of ending gay ban. Read More

Men’s leader affirms Scout decision delay

After more review, Boy Scouts of America says it will consider in May the issue of whether to end its ban on gay members and leaders. Read More

Men’s leader elaborates on scouting changes

United Methodist Men faced criticism after supporting a proposal to allow local groups to choose whether to have gay leaders and members. Read More

2 agencies agree with change in Boy Scout ban

Possibility of ending ban on gay scouts and leaders more consistent with church law, say United Methodist Men and Church and Society. Read More

Swift reaction to bishop’s gay marriage stand

Chicago Area bishop's support of Illinois marriage legislation brings comments from all perspectives in the same-sex civil union debate. Read More

Same-sex unions gain support in U.S. elections

United Methodists were on both sides of the issue Nov. 6 as the vote in four states indicated support for same-sex unions. Read More

Reinstated bishop’s next move unknown

The situation is unprecedented. One possibility is that Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe would go to the New Mexico/ Northwest Texas Area. Read More

Top court has full docket this week

Among 18 items to be considered by United Methodist Judicial Council are guaranteed clergy appointments. Read More

Bishops of the United Methodist Church in Angola lay hands on a new pastor during a 2006 ordination service at the West Angola Annual Conference session at the Icolo e Bengo United Methodist Church in Luanda. The United Methodist Church in Angola played a

Court to weigh end of clergy job guarantees

Proponents say changes will help bishops make "missional appointments." Critics worry of potential for abuse. Read More

Churches respond to Chicago school strike

As Chicago public schoolteacher strike enters second day, churches open doors for tutoring, recreation and fun. Read More

Black caucus ‘stands with’ Bishop Talbert

Statement responds to a letter asking for public censure of a retired bishop for remarks urging clergy to stand firm on same-sex union pledge. Read More

Bishop accused of urging disobedience

Letter asks bishops to 'publicly censure' retired Bishop Melvin Talbert for his advocacy for gay marriage. Talbert stands by his statements. Read More

Western Jurisdiction: Gay issue stand wrong

Grassroots movement OK'd to challenge bishops, clergy, laity, local churches to operate as if law book statement "does not exist." Read More

228 years of bishops in Methodist tradition

The precedent was set in 1784 for elections that have evolved and been modified throughout the years since. Read More

U.S. bishops elected, assigned for 2012-16

United Methodists also place a bishop on involuntary retirement and respond to shooting in Colorado. Read More

What goes on a bishop’s report card?

Since 2008, The United Methodist Church's law book has required formal evaluations of the denomination's bishops. Read More

Conferences talk bishops, focus areas

United Methodist U.S. annual (regional) conferences and central conferences tackle a variety of issues during 2012 meetings. Read More

July conferences to elect 11 U.S. bishops

Three U.S. jurisdictions to select among at least 44 candidates; no elections in two jurisdictions. Read More

Health care law survives; what’s ahead?

After the recent Supreme Court ruling, United Methodists are still discussing what the law means for the church and U.S. society as a whole. Read More

Same-sex union trial controversy continues

A year after proceeding against Wisconsin elder, bishop asked to rule on legality of clergy covenant plan the Rev. Amy DeLong proposed. Read More

GC2012: How Book of Discipline comes to be

Editor Marvin Cropsey explains the process to prepare the revisions of Discipline and Resolutions. Read More

New wrinkle in appointment security

The United Methodist connection has been abuzz about a letter calling into question whether General Conference really ended clergy job guarantees. Read More

12 lessons from 12 General Conferences

Rich Peck has seen a lot of history and worn a lot of hats in five decades attending General Conference. Read More

Bishops Judith Craig (left), Scott Jones (behind Craig) and Rosemarie Wenner (center) negotiate with the Rev. Amy DeLong, after dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The three bishops talked with DeLong in an attempt to resolve the situation without resorting to arrests.

Bishops close, reopen General Conference session

After presiding bishop threatened to close GC2012 plenary sessions to visitors, cooler heads prevailed. Read More

Demand for inclusiveness

Delegates cannot agree they disagree on sexuality

After more than an hour of debate and disagreement, two items stating Christians have different opinions about homosexuality were not approved. Read More

Do we understand how the church works?

Evidence and experience point to knowledge gap separating members from the official stands and policies of the church. Read More

GC2012: Will the UMC say ‘I do’ to all?

United Methodists once more will take up denomination's ban on gay clergy and same-sex marriages as lawmaking body meets. Read More

GC2012: Where views on marriage differ

Lawmaking body will take up petitions that argue for traditional marriage between man and woman and petitions that urge a new definition. Read More

Finance group stands by $603.1 million budget

General Conference tries to balance local church finances with mission needs as it determines how to allocate funds. Read More

Restructure draws finance agency warning

GCFA board says agency consolidation could put denomination at greater liability risk, jeopardize tax-exempt status for some. Read More

Connectional Table splits on petition

Proposal to redistribute $60 million sparks debate even though the proposal originated with the 60-member body. Read More

Science can help church keep its young folk

Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend offer opportunities to show young people that church door is open to them. Read More

Bishops vow to uphold same-sex union ban

Council of Bishops' letter is first response after statements by United Methodist clergy willing to bless such unions and by clergy opposed. Read More

Bishops react to homosexuality statement

Some urge prayer and dialogue. Others express disappointment. Still others support a call to lift ban on gay clergy. Read More

¶ 2702. Chargeable Offenses and the Statute of Limitations

1. A bishop, clergy member of an annual conference (¶368), local pastor,14 clergy on honorable or administrative location, or diaconal minister may be tried when charged (subject to the statute of limitations in ¶ 2702.4)* with one or more of the following offenses:... Read More

Gay rights supporters react tearfully to an April 30 vote at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, retaining the church's position that the practice of homosexuality is

United Methodists uphold homosexuality stance

After forceful arguments on both sides, delegates retain language in the denomination's Book of Discipline. Read More