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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

Image of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Topic: Human Sexuality

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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

Rights activists march on May 16 around the Oregon Convention Center, the site of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Using the theme of Jericho in which walls were brought down, the demonstrators were demanding that the church be more inclusive of LGBTQ people in its ministries. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Clergy offer support to LGBQT pastors despite GC2016 action

Supporters of full inclusion in the church are vocal and visible as the 2016 United Methodist General Conference enters its second week. 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

Members of the Worship in Motion dance ensemble process out during the May 14 worship service at the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. The group is from Federal Way United Methodist Church in Auburn, Washington. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

May 14 wrap-up: Young ambassadors share hope, committee work finishes

As legislation challenges delegates, Sabbath offers opportunities to refresh spiritually, mentally and physically. Read More

Delegate Fred Brewington (at microphone) asks the 2016 United Methodist General Conference meeting in Portland, Ore., to apologize to fellow delegate Dorothee Benz (second from right) after she was ruled out of order while trying to speak about issues of human sexuality in an earlier session. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Delegates, supporters stand with LGBTQ people

Protesters, many with rainbow duct tape over their mouths, stood outside the plenary floor to symbolize the silent treatment they feel LGBTQ people get from the church. Read More

The Rev. Mike Tupper (left) and the Rev. Frank Schaefer hold a press conference to speak about their call for sleeping outside on May 13 as part of National Tent Night

Schaefer, son join campout for LGBTQ rights

The Rev. Frank Schaefer and his son will join the Rev. Mike Tupper in a tent to symbolize how they say LGBTQ people are kept outside the doors of The United Methodist Church. Read More

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