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The Rev. Cynthia Meyer (second from right) gets a hug and well wishes from supporters after a meeting with Bishop Scott Jones March 28 in Wichita, Kan. A complaint against Meyer ended Aug. 1. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference

Lesbian pastor to take involuntary leave

The resolution ends a complaint against the Rev. Cynthia Meyer and averts a church trial. It comes as the denomination enters a period of discernment on human sexuality. Read More

Louise Short, 106, (center) visits with Bishop Benjamin Chamness on May 1 during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is Jo Ann McClain, administrative assistant for the Council of Bishops. A file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Louise Short, General Conference stalwart, dies at 110

Until this year, the widow of Bishop Roy Short, attended every General Conference going back to 1939 ─ 18 assemblies. Read More

United Methodist bishops listen to morning worship from the stage of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Bishops in no rush to form sexuality panel

Church leaders want the right people for the task of finding a way forward. Meanwhile, bishops still must deal with current church law. Read More

Theon Johnson III (at right) and others in support of LGBTQ clergy line the entryway to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 18 in Portland, Ore.  The demonstration was carried out in silence as attendees walked past to enter the Oregon Convention Center. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Delegates react to plan to defer human sexuality petitions

The decision to accept the report from the Council of Bishops to defer all votes on human sexuality was met with joy and trepidation. Read More

The Rev. Beth Jones, Susquehanna Conference, speaks May 18 on the motion to accept the Council of Bishops statement

GC2016 puts hold on sexuality debate

Bishops asked to defer sexuality legislation until a commission completely examines and possibly recommends revisions to Discipline paragraphs related to sexuality. Read More

The Rev. Will Green lies on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., with his hands and feet bound to protest the denomination's policies on human sexuality. Delegates returning from their lunch break passed by protestors on the floor and lining the entry to the meeting area. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Conference pleads with bishops for leadership

Delegates ask Council of Bishops to consider calling a special General Conference session on LGBTQ full inclusion. Read More

Get Your Spirit in Shape: We Believe in Prayer

Several bishops share about their prayer initiatives at General Conference, and how prayer enriches our lives every day. Listen

During the breaks at General Conference 2016, United Methodist bishops like Bishop Minerva Carcaño (center) pray with delegates. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

We believe in prayer: Bishops emphasize prayer at General Conference

As spiritual leaders of the church, United Methodist bishops lead several prayer ministries before and during General Conference. 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

General Conference in May again will take up the question of whether all United Methodist bishops should have limited terms of office. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

GC2016: Should bishops have term limits?

Multiple proposals heading to General Conference would limit how long bishops can serve and in some cases, require them to face re-election. Read More

United Methodist bishops will consider adopting a covenant of accountability based on their consecration vows.

Bishops urged to adopt accountability covenant

The proposal comes two months before the 2016 General Conference, where multiple petitions aimed at increasing accountability are on the table. Read More

The Rev. L. Fitzgerald “Gere” Reist II announces to the 2012 General Conference that the Judicial Council has ruled Plan UMC, agency restructuring legislation, unconstitutional. Screengrab from United Methodist Communications video

GC2016: Where is the zeal for agency reform?

A revised version of Plan UMC is going before General Conference, but it does so without the advocacy of some powerful players. Read More

United Methodists this past year mourned the passing of bishops, scholars and a former U.S. Speaker of the House. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

2015: Notable United Methodists remembered

The church mourns the passing of bishops, scholars and a former U.S. Speaker of the House. Read More

San Francisco Area Bishop Warner Brown Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, waters a newly planted tree in the Luther Garden in Wittenberg, Germany. The Lutheran World Federation is inviting churches around the globe to plant a tree in the garden and another in their area as part of preparations for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in October 2017. Photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof

Why Martin Luther matters to United Methodists

John Wesley took inspiration from the church reformer. United Methodists today are gearing up for the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. Read More

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