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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. Read More

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

Bishop Warner Brown addresses the Council of Bishops inside Collins Hall at First United Methodist Church in Portland, Ore.

Bishops’ president: Believe church can change

Ahead of GC2016, Bishop Brown shared his own experiences with the church’s desegregation to explain his faith in the church’s power to transform. 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

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting

After a tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the Council of Bishops is reaching out to the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 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

Bishops hear hope in economist’s report

Bishop Michael McKee and Bishop Sally Dyck share thoughts about the church's future in light of an economist's report presented at a recent Connectional Table meeting. Read More

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