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The Rev. Junius Dotson.

After divisive election, pastors can help heal

United Methodism is a big tent filled with Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and progressives, often within the same local church. Read More

Methodism ‘a big tent’ from its beginnings

John Wesley’s movement generally has made space for multiple theological views, writes historian. That history can inform the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

The Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth

Maintaining the church in a chaotic time

In an open letter, the president of Lifewatch writes about the need for a doctrine of the church, or ecclesiology, as the Commission on a Way Forward begins. Read More

Delegates and visitors listen to debate on petitions May 19 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. A new group hopes to influence a new commission authorized by General Conference. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

New group aims to boost evangelical voice

Some worry the Wesleyan Covenant Association could start a new denomination. That is not the group’s intent, organizers say. Read More

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

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop

The Rev. Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, was consecrated July 16 as a bishop of the United Methodist Church, after her election by the Western Jurisdiction. Read More

The Rev. Karen Oliveto accepts her election by the Western Jurisdiction as a United Methodist bishop. Oliveto is currently the senior pastor at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Calif. Her wife, Robin Ridenour, stands behind her. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference.

Western Jurisdiction elects openly gay United Methodist bishop

The Western Jurisdiction elects the Rev. Karen Oliveto the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, addresses the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

The Church and Human Sexuality

Learn more about the official position of the church, read opinions by church leaders and members, find resources and recent news stories. More

Aley United Methodist Church took a vote July 10 to back its pastor, the Rev. Eston Williams (standing in front), in his desire to perform same-sex weddings at the church. Aley (rhymes with “daily) is in Seven Points, Texas, an hour south of Dallas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Rural Texas church votes for same-sex weddings

Small Aley United Methodist Church follows pastor in challenge to United Methodist law. Read More

Commentary: Conferences progress toward LGBTQ equality

Matt Berryman writes that annual conference votes built on the General Conference action are moving the denomination toward full inclusion of LGBTQ. Read More

Two conferences vote for full inclusion of LGBTQ

The Desert Southwest and California-Pacific conferences call for a halt to judicial actions related to church law that discriminates against LGBTQ people. Read More

The Revs. Will Green (left) and John Blackadar offer a resolution that the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church

New England Conference passes ʽact of non-conformity’

New England delegates overwhelmingly say conference won’t honor church law regarding homosexuality. Read More

LGBTQ people gather for final demonstration

Circling the plenary floor, clergy, advocates and allies of queer people offer support to each other as global gathering ends. 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

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