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Scars and hope emerging from Schaefer trial, struggle to resolve United Methodist same-sex wedding...

Frank Schaefer packs books as he leaves Zion Iona United Methodist Church after members of the congregation feted him at a farewell celebration on...

Laywoman Gives $1.1 Million Gift to Malaria Initiative

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr. “I think it’s important that we all give back in some small way to make this world a better...

WJ makes case that Bishop Oliveto’s election is legal

In a much-awaited moment, the Western Jurisdiction today told The United Methodist Judicial Council that last July’s election of Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto complied with church law.

Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks low

More than 90 percent of members say church shouldn’t split over issue NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A new poll of United Methodists in the United States shows that...

ʽDigital divide’ concern arises with African delegates

By Sam Hodges May 10, 2016 | PORTLAND, Oregon (UMNS) At past General Conferences, delegates wanting to speak in a plenary session raised a card and...

Bishop faults jurisdiction’s gay issue stand

Indiana Conference Bishop Mike Coyner. A UMNS photo by Erma Metzler, Indiana Conference. A UMNS Report by Heather Hahn* Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15...

Bishop’s Carcaño rules on Conference Adoption of Biblical Obedience Statement

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño preaching at the Western Jurisdictional Conference held during July of 2013 in San Diego, California. Photo by Patrick Scriven. This post...

Church situation on gay unions “untenable,” group says

A UMNS Report by Heather Hahn* “Widespread disregard” of the United Methodist ban on same-sex unions and a lack of enforcement by bishops has made...

GC2016 rejects divestment on fossil fuels

By Sam Hodges May 20, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) After prolonged, impassioned debate, General Conference 2016 chose not to add a fossil fuels investment screen...

Commission on General Conference Favors Discernment Process

By Diane Degnan | United Methodist Communications Portland, Ore.: The Commission on the General Conference gave the go-ahead for an alternative process of discernment for dealing...

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