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Lessons from other denominational divides
United Methodist ecumenical partners Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians all have faced their own splits related to homosexuality and the Bible. Here is an overview of their experiences.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 2:31:39 PM

Commentary: The plan of 'gracious inclusion'
The Simple Plan would relieve The United Methodist Church of the burdens of discrimination and the responsibility of enforcement by punishment, writes a Drew University Theological School professor.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:44:23 PM

Church in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on farming, food security
Bishop Benjamin Boni and Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area take holistic approach to agriculture involving women and youths.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 11:09:34 AM

Former members on why they left
Former LGBTQ members of The United Methodist Church talk about why they have left the church.
Monday, February 18, 2019 6:09:04 PM

LGBTQ United Methodists are hurting — and leaving
Former United Methodists talk about their pain — and what they think the church lost when they left.
Monday, February 18, 2019 4:21:35 PM

Church helps internally displaced people in Congo
Fleeing tribal conflicts, more than 2,500 refugees find shelter and hope, thanks to The United Methodist Church, UMCOR.
Monday, February 18, 2019 11:51:45 AM

Commentary: Keep the main thing the main thing
Citing the church stance on homosexuality as a mostly U.S. concern, the Rev. Edgar De Jesus writes that Filipino United Methodists are more focused on how to make the Gospel relevant.
Monday, February 18, 2019 10:59:14 AM

Commentary: Grateful for gifts of LGBTQ in church
The Rev. Molly Vetter says that throughout her life, she has been blessed by the gifts of mentors and colleagues in ministry who are LGBTQ.
Friday, February 15, 2019 11:52:49 AM

Using musical instruments for evangelism
Zimbabwe Episcopal Area teaches church members to play new instruments to hone their talents and attract young people to worship.
Friday, February 15, 2019 10:41:40 AM

Communication at forefront of GC2019
Story of 'critical moment' for The United Methodist Church will be shared by a range of communicators, using everything from print to podcasts.
Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:16:30 PM

Small churches play big role for refugees in Italy
Italian religious groups, including Methodists, have created a legal, safe pathway for Syrians and other vulnerable asylum seekers to resettle in Italy and the work is expanding.
Thursday, February 14, 2019 11:44:58 AM

Commentary: Pacification or passion and prejudice
A retired clergyman reflects on what lessons the slavery debate at the 1840 and 1844 General Conferences might offer for the legislative assembly in St. Louis.
Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:45:54 AM

Commentary: Kennedy telegram provides reminder from past
The top executive of the church’s Commission on Archives and History considers a telegram from Sen. Robert Kennedy about the United Conference and wonders how history might look back on the 2019 General Conference.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:07:42 PM

Amid political unrest, Zimbabwe churches lead dialogue
United Methodist Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa calls for consensus building in the highly polarized nation.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:03:43 PM

Commentary: African delegates urged to oppose exit plans
A Zimbabwean clergyman urges African delegates to General Conference 2019 not to support exit plans and to focus on keeping the church united.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:29:09 AM

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Chris Ritter
The Rev. Chris Ritter is a pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and a delegate to the 2019 special General Conference. He also helped write language that was eventually included in the Connectional Conference Plan. Ritter spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:55:00 AM

What do United Methodists really believe?
Survey finds range of views on theological questions, but those identifying as “conservative/traditional” are the largest group.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:08:50 PM

Commentary: Grace is not up for a vote
A Filipino LGBTQ clergyman writes about his fears concerning General Conference 2019.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:29:20 AM

Missionary pilot continues lifesaving work
Rukang Chikomb talks about the joys, challenges he faces in his work with The United Methodist Church’s Wings of the Morning aviation ministry.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:14:51 AM

Commentary: Reflections on the Connectional Conference Plan
For all its complexity, the Connectional Conference Plan might be the best option The United Methodist Church has, writes the Rev. Bob Phillips.
Monday, February 11, 2019 1:05:56 PM

Tearfund helps church rebuild Congo water source
After rebels destroyed a spring in Mikelenge, women walked great distances in search of water for drinking and daily use.
Monday, February 11, 2019 11:19:55 AM

Church courts finds clergywoman not guilty
The decision culminates a two-and-half-year process that began with the Rev. Jisun Kwak’s suspension. She was found not guilty on all counts.
Friday, February 08, 2019 4:53:31 PM

Commentary: One Church Plan is extraordinary legislation
The United Methodist Church cannot go down the divisive legislative path of the past several decades and the One Church Plan avoids that, writes the executive director of Mainstream UMC.
Friday, February 08, 2019 3:04:33 PM

Seeing a Way Forward: Dave Nuckols
Dave Nuckols is a 2019 General Conference delegate who also served on the Commission on a Way Forward. He spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Friday, February 08, 2019 2:09:00 PM

Missionaries share joys of serving in Africa
Gathering brings together more than 50 missionaries to share their experiences and learn from counterparts serving in different countries.
Friday, February 08, 2019 10:17:28 AM

Group urges GC2019 to defer exit plans
The Uniting Methodists, an unofficial advocacy group, is urging delegates to refer all exit plan petitions to the 2020 General Conference.
Thursday, February 07, 2019 4:24:43 PM

United Methodists respond to migrants at the border
The United Methodist Immigration Task Force saw United Methodists in action caring for migrants from around the world seeking asylum at border towns in Texas.
Thursday, February 07, 2019 1:28:19 PM

Commentary: Covering the church in time of change
Goal of church’s news ministry is providing information and clarity for the special General Conference.
Thursday, February 07, 2019 1:13:21 PM

Filipino United Methodists issue call to prayer
Laity and clergy members gather around the Philippines as part of denomination-wide Praying Our Way Forward initiative ahead of special General Conference.
Thursday, February 07, 2019 12:45:01 PM

Commentary: Gender and effective church leadership
Three United Methodist clergy write that separating out leadership roles by gender harms all of us.
Thursday, February 07, 2019 11:18:28 AM

Commentary: Ubuntu values of relationship, dignity, grace, justice
Albert Otshudi Longe writes about Ubuntu as a cultural practice of living together in community as a goal for GC2019 and The United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 1:02:47 PM

Commentary: The Body of Christ can disagree
In moving from a homogeneous cultural tradition in Korea to multicultural faith communities in the U.S., the Rev. Hannah Ka came to appreciate that people of different views can still be in worship together.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 12:19:37 PM

Premium hikes have churches scrambling
Churches and conferences are unhappy about higher premium notices from United Methodist Insurance that arrived just before Christmas.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 11:33:57 AM

New concerns over human rights in Philippines
United Methodists, concerned about the escalation of threats and violent incidents, are seeking God’s wisdom and strength through prayer.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 6:16:12 PM

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019 3:20:31 PM

Court ruling prompts GC2019 plan revisions
Proponents of the Traditional Plan, the Modified Traditional Plan and the One Church Plan are recommending changes to address constitutional concerns.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:04:53 PM

Kivu Peace Club offers hope to former street children
Along with lessons in peaceful living, youth learn a trade and, more importantly, that others care.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 12:49:56 PM

Commentary: 'Be careful using the Bible'
A retired pastor feels it’s hard to cite scripture to oppose modern views on homosexuality when the Bible has been used to condone practices we now consider immoral.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 12:18:11 PM

Commentary: One Church Plan destroys connectionalism
The United Methodist Church is headed toward congregationalism and rapid decline if each church can decide sexual ethics.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 12:06:00 PM

UMW in Liberia focuses on ending violence against women
As part of its five-year strategic plan, United Methodist Women aims to help women and girls by providing safe homes, counseling, legal and medical services, education and other aid.
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:04:22 AM

Perspectives on a Way Forward
A panel discussion, streamed on February 6, featured speakers for each of the major plans proposed to the 2019 General Conference.
Monday, February 04, 2019 11:58:38 AM

Solar lights increase security at Nyadire Mission
Pittsburgh students assist Zimbabweans through The Nyadire Connection and Engineers Without Borders.
Monday, February 04, 2019 11:54:17 AM

Traditional plans keep status quo
Two traditional plans appeal to United Methodists who wish to continue to restrict the role of gay people in the church.
Monday, February 04, 2019 11:36:06 AM

United Methodist trust clause: Critical amid struggle?
John Wesley was thinking about church property when he wrote the first trust clause in 1750.
Monday, February 04, 2019 11:06:00 AM

Commentary: Why I stay
A United Methodist writes about why he stays with the church even amid the painful debate over the place he and other LGBTQ people have in the denomination.
Monday, February 04, 2019 11:05:00 AM

Commentary: Through a glass darkly
The Rev. Rob Renfroe, president of the unofficial advocacy group Good News, says the Traditional Plan is the most likely to be approved at GC2019. But he considers what might happen if no plan is approved.
Friday, February 01, 2019 2:52:00 PM

African bishops ready to transform agriculture
United Methodist leaders pledge to move from the current subsistence farming to commercial ventures that can financially support the church.
Friday, February 01, 2019 12:59:41 PM

Investing in people on global scale
United Methodists join other faith groups at the United Nations to discuss financial support of global goals to improve lives.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:58:45 PM

Commentary: Worship offers key to community amid differences
Bishop David K. Yemba writes that the church cannot be in full communion with God as a divided denomination, but urges General Conference delegates to look to the worship experience as a “window to the church we believe in.”
Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:54:17 AM

Churches, AU students benefit from cultural exchange
As they host Africa University students from other countries, Zimbabwe church members teach and learn new languages, enriching partnerships.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

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