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Simple Plan supporters talk strategy
Supporters discuss how legislation that would eliminate all restrictions related to homosexuality could be part of General Conference consideration.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:52:51 PM

Native American clergywoman took justice to heart
The Rev. Cynthia Abrams is being remembered as a committed, compassionate leader who found her voice through The United Methodist Church.
Monday, January 14, 2019 5:17:46 PM

Deciding what budget cuts mean for ministry
United Methodist general agencies are looking at how they can tighten their belts as they face plans to cut the general church budget by more than 20 percent.
Monday, January 14, 2019 10:25:18 AM

Panel clarifies options for special General Conference
Reference committee meets to decide which petitions are ‘in harmony’ for legislative gathering to address unity amid conflict over homosexuality.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:28:34 PM

Prayer at Virginia legislature written by woman in sanctuary
Guatemalan woman takes refuge in Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Friday, January 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Cattle dip tank revitalizes village
Funded by the Chabadza partnership between The United Methodist Church in Norway and Zimbabwe, the dip tank has brought hope to villagers whose cattle were previously wiped out by tick-borne diseases.
Friday, January 11, 2019 11:44:00 AM

Commentary: Pastor urges GC2019 delegates to 'be open'
The Rev. Sean C. Turner, pastor of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church, near Charlotte, North Carolina, urges delegates who will attend the special General Conference in February to keep their hearts and minds open and tuned into the spirit of Christ.
Friday, January 11, 2019 11:32:56 AM

Commentary: The best scenario for the Korean church
Adding a graceful exit clause to the Book of Discipline would be the best way to keep the denomination together, one of the leaders of a Korean American pastors' group writes.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 1:10:15 PM

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Jones
As we head toward special General Conference 2019, UM News is highlighting church leaders’ perspectives on where we are as a denomination. This series continues with Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 11:03:54 AM

Commentary: Taking a fresh look at the Connectional Conference Plan
A plan that offers rich, robust and challenging ideas should not be simply dismissed as too complicated, one bishop writes.
Wednesday, January 09, 2019 2:55:26 PM

Church helps with prison food shortage
The United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Zimbabwe donates $14,000 worth of food and other supplies as prisons struggle to feed inmates amid country’s economic crisis.
Wednesday, January 09, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai
There is great anxiety as the special 2019 General Conference approaches, but the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table, wants to remind all United Methodists that once the conference ends, God will still be calling them to mission in the world.
Wednesday, January 09, 2019 11:05:37 AM

Utah church welcomes homeless, loves diversity
Small church with big heart supports missions at home and around the world.
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 11:08:14 AM

Historic organ sets tone for Utah church
Pipe organ restored with pennies, large cash donations and love from community
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 10:30:00 AM

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Monday, January 07, 2019 1:36:54 PM

Bo hospital reaches out to Sierra Leone's poorest
United Methodist Mercy Hospital's outreach program targets remote communities where health care availability and ability to pay are a challenge.
Monday, January 07, 2019 12:44:39 PM

Commentary: 'Cooperation without compromise' in a conflicted church
A retired Naval chaplain argues that just as military chaplains must know their ethical boundaries, so must United Methodists.
Monday, January 07, 2019 11:55:56 AM

Pacific Islanders focus on divide over sexuality
A December gathering at Claremont School of Theology featured a serious conversation on the church's division over human sexuality issues.
Friday, January 04, 2019 1:02:27 PM

Unity struggle is major story of 2018
Commission on a Way Forward wraps up and The United Methodist Church prepares for momentous special meeting.
Friday, January 04, 2019 12:33:55 PM

Church helps fight ageism in Zimbabwe
The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe is making senior citizens a priority through several health initiatives across the country.
Friday, January 04, 2019 12:23:28 PM

LGBTQ churchgoers wary of bishops' letter
The Council of Bishops addressed the global LGBTQ community. But the letter disappointed a number of its intended readers.
Thursday, January 03, 2019 3:50:49 PM

Bishop Oden, ecumenical leader, dies at 83
He led two annual conferences, served as Council of Bishops president and helped strengthen United Methodist ties with the Episcopal Church.
Thursday, January 03, 2019 1:44:40 PM

Water for Life project expands to Guinea
The United Methodist Church in Liberia plans to build at least five water wells in the country in areas where the church has a growing presence.
Thursday, January 03, 2019 11:57:54 AM

Bishop Chamness, calm leader, dead at 78
The rare United Methodist bishop to serve in two U.S. jurisdictions, he also helped guide the denomination’s pension agency through some big decisions.
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 4:02:57 PM

United Methodists fight human trafficking
Zimbabwe East Conference leaders ask congregations to raise awareness and offer counseling and rehabilitation for survivors.
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 12:34:34 PM

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Friday, December 28, 2018 1:06:06 PM

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018 12:16:59 PM

Agencies open ministry center in Philippines
The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Communications are strengthening their presence in Southeast Asia with new office in Manila.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 5:16:59 PM

2018: Remembering influential Christians
This year, United Methodists marked the deaths of multiple trailblazing women, a Holocaust survivor and a world-changing evangelist who transcended denominational lines.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:16:00 PM

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Thursday, December 20, 2018 2:03:36 PM

Commentary: In service of God, men and women are equal
"God blessed both man and woman and charged them both to have dominion over the earth," writes the Rev. Eunice Iliya.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Prison ministry makes Christmas brighter for inmates
Church members bring gifts, hope to women and juveniles incarcerated in Sierra Leone.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:51:32 AM

Churches learn to love migrants as family
Methodist churches in Mexico find offering food and compassion to migrants is transformative, pastors say
Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Commentary: Mary, Peter and the Church
What are the roles of women and men in the life of the church, and are they equal? To answer that question, the Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth looks at the Church of Mary and the Church of Peter.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:59:00 AM

Christmas story crosses all borders
Children enjoy a Christmas party at shelter for migrants, and the Las Posadas tradition demonstrates border walls cannot contain the story of Christ's birth.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:37:00 AM

Congo Central Conference votes to elect bishops for life
Special gathering of Congo Central Conference changes election of bishops so that first election will mean lifetime service.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:27:19 AM

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen Prudente
The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen G. Prudente are both New York Conference delegates to the special 2019 General Conference. Da Silva Souto is a co-author of the Simple Plan, which eliminates all restrictions in The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality, and Prudente is a co-signer.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:09:23 AM

Church helps family tell missing Native woman's story
Blackfeet Parish, Native American Comprehensive Plan, Mountain Sky Conference help with travel costs for family to attend Senate hearing on “Silent Crisis in Indian Country.”
Monday, December 17, 2018 4:10:31 PM

Korean United Methodists and bishops struggle to find a way forward
Bishops hear concerns from Korean United Methodists about the One Church Plan.
Monday, December 17, 2018 2:05:21 PM

Delegation chairs look toward General Conference
As crucial meeting looms, 'team captains' of conference delegations are well aware of church's hopes, fears.
Monday, December 17, 2018 11:34:11 AM

Methodists in Venezuela look forward to unity
Along with congregational development, two Methodist groups hope to share ministries in health, nutrition, education and more.
Friday, December 14, 2018 11:51:51 AM

Mobile clinic saves lives in rural Kenya
Cooperative venture between United Methodist congregation and Rotary Club offers healing and hope to previously neglected villages.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:24:00 PM

In Zimbabwe, self-help projects spark evangelism
New United Methodist congregation in Mahenya community works with Florida churches to improve livelihoods.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:19:16 AM

PBS film looks at pastor's fatal protest
The 2014 self-immolation of retired United Methodist clergyman Charles Moore, and its effect on his East Texas hometown, is the subject of "Man on Fire."
Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:19:11 AM

Seeing a Way Forward: Patricia L. Miller
Patricia L. Miller submitted the legislation for the Connectional Conference Plan to General Conference. She explains why it’s meant to provide the “most space between theological differences” while maintaining unity.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 5:49:00 PM

Updated: Conference, bishop sue for control of Glide
California-Nevada Conference says legal action is necessary to take back San Francisco's Glide Memorial United Methodist Church from foundation board.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4:58:56 PM

Commentary: 'Being equal on paper is not being equal in life'
Diligence is "required for our mission to be accomplished in seeking the full inclusion of women at all levels of leadership within The United Methodist Church," writes Dawn Wiggins Hare, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:33:00 PM

Blind soccer players have opportunity of a lifetime
Six Zimbabwean high school students hope to participate in the International Blind Soccer Association tournament in Japan.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:19:01 PM

Commentary: There is danger when there is gender imbalance
The role of all men and all women within The United Methodist Church is to be disciples who make more disciples, writes Gilbert C. Hanke of United Methodist Men.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:33:40 PM

Commentary: A simple majority is a foundation of sand
A simple majority vote at General Conference provides an unstable basis for denominational unity.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:09:20 PM

 

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