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Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath walks with Davonn Abaga and Denzel Abaga, two members of the Cub Scout pack, during an outing to Mount Rainier National Park. Photo by Nguyen Truong, Cubmaster.

Church stands with gay scout leader

April 8, 2014

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church will continue to support Scoutmaster banned by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America because he is gay. Read More

The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht arrives on June 21, 2011, for the start of the Rev. Amy DeLong's church trial at Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna, Wis. Lambrecht is now the vice president and general manager of Good News, an unofficial United Methodist renewal group. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Church situation on gay unions ‘untenable,’ group says

Good News says it 'may not be wise to pretend any longer that we are one' church. Others says schism avoidable. Read More

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Supervisory response under way for Dallas pastor

North Texas bishop confirms action after retired pastor performs same-sex union, a violation of the Book of Discipline Read More

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Dallas pastor faces complaint for same-sex service

Complaint refers to March 1 same-sex ceremony where the Rev. William McElvaney officiated. Read More

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Panel to hear Frank Schaefer’s appeal

Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals can sustain the findings, reverse the penalty in whole or in part or remand the case to a new trial. Read More

Photo by  Laura Rossbert, Reconciling Ministries Network.

Updated March 14: Same-sex union complaints filed against bishop

Wedding of two men in Birmingham, Ala., last year prompted action, which is now before Western Jurisdiction. Read More

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New York Conference court resolves Ogletree case

New York Area Bishop McLee asks that trials of pastors who perform same-sex weddings stop as action against retired seminary dean ends. Read More

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Updated March 12: Hope and dismay at resolution of same-sex wedding case

Decision by New York Conference to take a different path to resolution of Ogletree same-sex wedding complaint finds reactions mixed. Read More

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Leaders of 2 agencies decry laws targeting gays

Tough new laws against homosexuality in Uganda and other countries will lead to "marginalization, harassment, and exploitation in our global civil society," some United Methodist leaders are saying.  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

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Age no obstacle in Dallas same-sex wedding

Two men, partners for 53 years, are to be wed Saturday by a retired United Methodist pastor in Dallas, despite church law. Read More

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Sister believes in Jesus’ love for lesbian sibling

Jane Bonner is certain her sister is in heaven. Just as certain as she is that a “gay lifestyle” was not what God wanted for her sister. Read More

The 2012 edition of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

2 clergy face 24-hour suspension for gay weddings

The decision, approved by Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya, is an indication of just how varied responses can be across the church. Read More

The Rev. Thomas Ogletree.

Updated: Church trial postponed for theologian

A retired elder in the New York Annual Conference will face a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son. Read More

What is the denomination’s position on homosexuality?

Learn more about the denomination's position on homosexuality. Read More

Frank Schaefer coverage

The United Methodist pastor was asked to surrender his clergy credentials after a church trial for officiating at his son’s same-sex nuptials. Read continuing coverage of the response to this high-profile case. Visit Site

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

Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony

Following the action of a retired bishop to conduct a same-gender ceremony in violation of church law, the United Methodist Council of Bishops took a series of actions to address the issue during their annual meeting this week in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Executive Committee Issues Statement on Same Gender Ceremony Planned by Bishop Talbert

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has announced plans to conduct a same gender marriage ceremony on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Birmingham, Alabama. The Executive Committee of the United Methodist Council of Bishops has issued a statement. 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

Door open to Southern Baptist Scout groups

United Methodist Men responds to Baptist action to support church and families that want to cut ties to Boy Scouts. 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

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

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

The 2012 State of the Church Report focuses on Vital Congregations

Responding to the call for more vital congregations in The United Methodist Church 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

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

Conferences reject church’s stance on gays

Rejecting the denomination's stance on gay rights and same-sex marriage were important issues for at least 15 annual conferences. 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

Conferences voice support for gays

United Methodists are meeting in annual conferences this summer to decide policy and budgets for their regions. 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

Council of Bishops President Rosemarie Wenner of Germany tells dozens of demonstrators for full inclusion of gays and lesbians in The United Methodist Church that the denomination's bishops feel their pain. Several dozen demonstrators took over the plenary floor of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., on May 3 after the body reaffirmed the church's stance on homosexuality.

May 3 wrap: Gay rights protest closes morning session

A morning of tense debate leads to a demonstration preventing GC2012 delegates from doing their work. Read More

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

Protestation des homosexuels à la Conférence Générale 2012

Ce jeudi 26 avril 2012 a eu une démonstration de présence active et participative pendant les assises de la 26e session de la conférence générale par les gays et les lesbiennes réclamant leur pleine intégration dans la vie... Read More

A quiet demonstration in support of full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of The United Methodist Church occurs as delegates and visitors leave the April 26 plenary session of the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

GC2012: Holy conversations have unintended effect

About 300 demonstrate in response to treatment of people during some sessions on human sexuality. Read More

Delegates to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., are sitting at round tables for the first time, a step designed to encourage better discussion of issues facing the the denomination's top legislative body. Meeting once every four years, General Conference is the only body that can speak as The United Methodist Church.

April 27 wrap: First step to set-aside bishop

Legislative committee seeks plenary session approval of a set-aside bishop as other committees forward recommendations. 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

Ethnic groups add voices to inclusion calls

Caucuses lend support for full inclusion for LGBT persons: "We know what it is like to experience discrimination." 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

Bishops face challenge on same-sex unions

In states where gay marriage is legal, United Methodist leaders focus on upholding church law while encouraging dialogue and respect. 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

Susan Laurie (left) and Julie Bruno lead a procession through the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, on the way to their marriage ceremony across the street in General Worth Square.

Same-sex couple says ‘I do’ outside church assembly

Days after their church upheld its position against same-sex unions, two women join in a marriage ceremony. Read More

The Rev. Troy Plummer of the Reconciling Ministries Network speaks at a press conference after a time of witness on the floor of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. Bishops Sally Dyck and Scott Jones also participate

‘Christian conferencing’ follows demonstration

Bridge building before General Conference facilitates conversation in the midst of pain. Read More

Supporters of full inclusion for gays and lesbians in The United Methodist Church drape the central table in black cloth during a demonstration on the floor of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Demonstrators call church’s ‘anti-gay’ policies sinful

Witness asks General Conference to recognize and acknowledge that "the body is broken." Read More

Judicial Council Hearing Set for October 27 in Houston

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will hear oral arguments in three cases from its fall docket. Read More