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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

Bishop Eben Nhiwatwa of Zimbabwe (center) holds a meeting of African bishops following the April 26, 2012

African bishops speak out on terrorism, sexuality

The bishops ask General Conference to include daily sessions of prayer for church unity and the cessation of violence around the globe. 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

Being a pastor in a 5-4 world

After a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage, Rev. Travis Garner says there are not “two sides” to the issue, there are individuals with unique experiences. Read More

The Rev. Stephen Heiss says the dismissal of the complaint against him comes without any demands. Photo courtesy of Reconciling Ministries Network

Complaint ends against Upper New York pastor

The Rev. Stephen Heiss faced a complaint for officiating at same-sex weddings. Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer speaks about his book, “Defrocked,” at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee, one day after his Judicial Council hearing in Memphis, Tenn.

Update: Decision won’t end United Methodist same-sex debate

The United Methodist Church's top court has upheld an appellate committee's earlier ruling to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer's clergy credentials. Read More

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple has affirmed a marriage-equality proposal to give pastors a choice in whether to perform same-gender marriages.

Historic Chicago church OKs same-gender unions

Chicago Temple also pledges to financially support its pastors if they face complaints for violating church law on such unions. Read More

Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishop: Beware of costs of sexuality debate

Bishop Scott Jones urged the finance agency to consider the implications of proposals related to the church’s stance on homosexuality. Read More

The Rev. William McElvaney. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

William McElvaney, social justice advocate, dies at 86

Retired pastor and seminary president defied church law by performing same-sex wedding. Read More

An appeal has been filed with the United Methodist Judicial Council on the June 23 decision to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s ordination credentials. Judicial Council will meet in October.

Update: Schaefer case appealed to Judicial Council

The United Methodist Church’s top court is asked to review an appeals panel’s decision to reinstate clergy credentials. Read More

Clergy and faith leaders gather outside Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia in support of  Richard Taylor and William Gatewood (at top of stairs in doorway) following their Nov. 9, 2013 wedding

Complaint received for Philly same-sex union

United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson has received a complaint against the 36 pastors who officiated at the Nov. 9 same-sex union at Arch Street United Methodist Church. Read More

Frank Schaefer speaks to media Friday, June 20, after a hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference, for UMNS

Update: Frank Schaefer reinstated as United Methodist pastor

Appeals committee finds penalty trial court erred in its imposition of penalties after Schaefer was found guilty of performing same-sex wedding. Read More

Frank Schaefer talks to press after hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference

Schaefer awaiting decision in appeal of credentials

Frank Schaefer, former United Methodist pastor, seeking to regain ministerial credentials after 2013 church trial. Read More

Rev. Frank Schaefer serves Communion to his supporters at the end of his two-day church trial held Nov. 18-19, 2013 in Spring City, Penn.

Appeal hearing set this week in Schaefer case

The Committee on Appeals of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will convene June 20 at Baltimore-Washington Airport Marriott to hear appeal from pastor on loss of ministerial credentials. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Rueben P. Job discusses his book,

Bishops seek to help church ‘find way’ on homosexuality

In a new book, 8 United Methodist bishops share their thoughts on various ways forward for the denomination in the longtime dispute. Read More

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