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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

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward watches as votes are tallied showing the defeat of

May 12 wrap-up: Rule 44 voted down

Three days of speculation ended when delegates elected not to adopt Group Discernment Process. Read More

Women bishops pray over Bishop Hope Morgan Ward during a recess in the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Ward presided over an emotional debate on proposed Rule 44, which would place deliberations over sensitive issues into small discussion groups. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

GC2016 delegates say no to Rule 44

The much-debated process supposed to foster greater consensus around tough issues couldn’t get consensus. Read More

The 2012 edition of the United Methodist Book of Discipline bans clergy from officiating at same-gender weddings and the ordination of

500 clergy support gay United Methodist clergy who came out

The act is part of a series of moves raising the stakes as United Methodists begin their top lawmaking assembly, which meets every four years. Read More

Supporters gather around Susan Laurie (center) during a service of Holy Communion on the first day of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Laurie, a lesbian, was ordained in an unauthorized service in the lobby of the Oregon Convention Center. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Grassroots group declares lesbian ordained

Lesbian unofficially ordained as United Methodist pastor by grass-roots group in defiance of church law. Read More

African delegates to The United Methodist Church's General Conference 2016 gather at Canby Retreat Center in Portland, Ore. The United Methodist Church Africa Initiative hosted the meeting. Photo by Jerry Kulah.

Africans poised for clout at GC2016

Retreat prepares them to push for more clout and resources, and maintaining church law on homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. Val Rosenquist, at left, and retired Bishop Melvin Talbert co-officiate at the wedding of Jim Wilborne and John Romano, both 52, at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Bishop again officiates at same-gender nuptials

Retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert faced a complaint after performing a same-sex union in 2013. Now he and another pastor risk their clergy credentials. Read More

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