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Manila Area Bishop Rodolfo Juan holds a sign calling on The United Methodist Church to address how to be in ministry with LGBTQ persons. Juan took part in a Feb. 8, 2016 forum at the Central United Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Rev Israel Alvaran

Filipino United Methodists hold sexuality dialogue

Filipino United Methodists discuss what it means to be in ministry with those who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning). Read More

The Rev. Cynthia Meyer stands in front of the Edgerton United Methodist Church in Edgerton, Kansas, where she is lead pastor. She came out to the congregation during her sermon on Jan. 3. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Complaint filed against Kansas pastor who came out during sermon

The Rev. Cynthia Meyer’s announcement comes in the lead-up to General Conference, where delegates are again expected to debate the church’s stance on homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. Michael Tupper, who faces a complaint for helping to officiate at a same-sex wedding, has agreed to plead guilty and accept the penalty in the case. He said he wants to shed light on what he sees as unjust church law. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Pastor expects trial for same-sex wedding

The Rev. Michael Tupper has agreed to plead guilty and accept the penalty. He said he wants to shed light on what he sees as unjust church law. Read More

Surveys show United Methodist views on church teachings related to homosexuality before and after the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land.  A UMNS photo illustration with photos by Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and Clayton Childers

Poll: Small changes in church homosexuality views

Polls examined United Methodists’ thoughts on homosexuality before and after U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. Read More

Church leaders say by getting online credentials to officiate at a same-sex wedding, a candidate for ordination forfeited her United Methodist status. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Online ordination ends clergy candidacy

Church leaders say by getting online credentials to officiate at a same-sex wedding, a candidate for ordination forfeited her United Methodist status. Read More

Church leaders say by getting online credentials to officiate at a same-sex wedding, a candidate for ordination forfeited her United Methodist status. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Agency wants leeway to fight gay teen suicide

Discipleship Ministries is proposing legislation to lift restrictions on church funding with the goal of better helping the church prevent teen suicide. Read More

The Rev. Benjamin David Hutchison addresses supporters at a press conference July 28 outside the Michigan Area bishop’s office in Lansing, Mich. Hutchison, an African Methodist Episcopal pastor, was forced to resign July 13 from Cassopolis United Methodist Church after the district superintendent received a complaint that the pastor was openly gay and in a relationship. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Protest, complaint follow gay pastor’s removal

United Methodist Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey plans to meet Aug. 31 with nine clergy as part of complaint for pastor’s wedding. Read More

The executive board of Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders. But religiously affiliated units still can maintain their own prohibitions. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Churches can have gay Boy Scout leaders

No local church will be required to accept any volunteer based on the new policy, says United Methodist Men executive. Read More

The Rev. Benjamin David Hutchison stands by the sign of Cassopolis United Methodist Church where he served as pastor for two and a half years. He recently was forced to resign from his post at the church against the congregation's wishes. Photo courtesy of Benjamin David Hutchison

Gay pastor’s removal brings sadness, defiance

United Methodist clergy are now facing complaints for officiating at the pastor’s same-sex wedding in violation of church law. Read More

The Rev. Donald E. Messer, global consultant for the United Methodist Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships, speaks to the Council of Bishops, during its May meeting in Berlin. Messer edited “Celebrating God’s Love,” which includes essays by bishops and other United Methodists on living into Christian unity and promoting positive interreligious relationships. Photo by Kay Panovec, United Methodist Communications

Stay united, strengthen interfaith ties, book says

Editor Donald Messer worries talk of schism over sexuality will undermine the denomination’s interfaith friendships. Read More

Many United Methodists agree that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage likely will fuel a longtime denominational debate on the church's position on homosexuality. File photo by Clayton Childers, United Methodist Board of Church and Society

Same-sex marriage ruling adds to church debate

Some expect the Supreme Court decision striking state bans on same-sex marriage to affect discussion at next year’s General Conference. Read More

What is the denomination’s position on homosexuality?

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

Sharing in Faith: A View From Both Sides

“To some degree, I’ve always believed in God, but until last year I was fully convinced He wasn’t interested in speaking to people like me.” Read More

The Connectional Table votes to submit legislation proposal related to homosexuality

The Connectional Table voted to submit a compromise legislative proposal to the 2016 General Conference that removes prohibitive language from The United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning homosexuality. Read More

United Methodist leaders in Zimbabwe hope to host a General Conference, but questions remain about the country's treatment of gay individuals. Church leaders say the city of Harare could certainly handle the crowd, since the city hosts the Ebenezer Convention. That United Methodist gathering, shown in a 2014 photo, drew some 55,000 worshippers to Harare. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga.

General Conferences planned for Asia, Africa

Plans call for the Philippines in 2024 and Zimbabwe in 2028. But concerns remain about Zimbabwe’s treatment of gay people. Read More

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