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Delegate Pierre Kasongo (right) and other members of the Tanganyika delegation vote on legislation while supporters of full rights for LGBTQ persons in the life of The United Methodist Church stand with their mouths taped shut outside the bar of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., to symbolize the way LGBTQ people feel they are silenced by the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016 commentary: We can’t legislate church

Church can’t be legislated, but a clear mandate for denominational unity would help the next General Conference. Read More

The Rev. Donald E. Messer, global consultant for the United Methodist Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships, speaks to the Council of Bishops, during its May meeting in Berlin. Messer edited “Celebrating God’s Love,” which includes essays by bishops and other United Methodists on living into Christian unity and promoting positive interreligious relationships. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications

Stay united, strengthen interfaith ties, book says

Editor Donald Messer worries talk of schism over sexuality will undermine the denomination’s interfaith friendships. Read More

Sarah and DeLyn Celec are joined in marriage, officiated in October 2014, by the Rev. John D. Copenhaver Jr. The wedding was held at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester, Va. Resolutions of complaints against Copenhaver and the Rev. Amanda Miller Garber, have been reached after they officiated at separate same-sex weddings. 2014 file photo courtesy of the Celecs.

2 clergy face suspensions for performing same-sex weddings

The penalties mark a departure from recent resolutions against clergy who officiated at ceremonies celebrating same-sex gender couples. 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

Ire, joy follow resolution of bishop complaint

After similar resolutions of same-sex union cases, some United Methodists are working to ensure penalties in the future. Read More

Young adults from the Sierra Leone Annual Conference reenact skits relating to Ebola virus prevention and treatment in effort to educate. Their efforts are target people who cannot read or write or have access to radio and new media. The person in the head wrap represents an herbalist who works in “African magic.” In the skit, the young man affected with Ebola is brought to the herbalist but dies. The brother who was exposed to the Ebola patient survives as he reports for (medical) treatment early. The message is that no superstitious power can cure Ebola; contact with an infected person can lead to infection; and there is a better chance for survival if one reports it early. The training was developed by the Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

News Service poll: Ebola voted top story of 2014

Church communicators vote Ebola and The United Methodist Church's efforts to fight the deadly virus as the top story of 2014. Read More

The Rev. Rob Renfroe. Photo courtesy of Good News

Group to bishops: Enforce rules on homosexuality

Traditionalists say proposed “amicable separation” for The United Methodist Church is off the table for now. Read More

Logo for 2014 Global Young People's Convocation in Manila. Courtesy: GBOD

Young United Methodists urge church unity

Attendees at 2014 convocation issued statement: "We urge everyone to seek...global unity...rather than focus only on issues that divide us." Read More

What unites us

From ministries of compassion to our faith in Jesus Christ, Mike Coyner invites us to focus on our commonalities rather than our differences. Read More

Church members pray over the Rev. Adam Hamilton. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Hamilton: Church homosexuality law needs ‘local option’

A well-known United Methodist pastor and author looks for way to hold the denomination together amid tensions. Read More

Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Poll: Making disciples tops sexuality as church priority

A survey of United Methodists found sexual orientation and same-gender marriage ranked eighth in importance among issues facing the church. Read More

The 2010 U.S. Census data helps United Methodist  church leaders know the people in their community. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Accompanies UMNS story #054. 3/22/11.

Updated: North Georgia clergy, laity take stand against schism

More than 580 have signed the covenant for unity, amid disagreements about homosexuality and other issues. 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

The Rev. Maxie Dunnam speaks Jan. 12 in Atlanta at the inaugural gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Network.

New group aims to find way to ‘live in a divided church’

A new United Methodist group in the United States is forming to advance “the Kingdom of Christ,” despite the denomination’s growing divisions over same-sex unions and gay ordination. Read More

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