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Centrists, progressives to discuss church's future
Unhappiness with General Conference 2019 prompts plan for big meeting, with dissolution and ‘gracious exit’ among the options.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:56:30 PM

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches
A United Methodist team looked at whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group’s report highlighted church strengths and needs.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:34:45 AM

Bishops discuss GC2019 outcomes with black caucus
African American bishops and members of the church’s black caucus consider the actions of General Conference 2019.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:35:00 AM

BMCR explores ‘reset’ from past to future
Speakers challenge The United Methodist Church’s African American caucus and church leaders to work to become more relevant to younger members.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 11:55:26 AM

UMCOR assists with 2018 hurricane recovery
Grants for two big U.S. programs are part of $27.6 million approved by relief agency for disaster response, sustainable development, global migration and Global Health support.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 11:43:07 AM

How will denominational divide affect mission?
Directors of Global Ministries express pain and concern over how the deep divide since General Conference 2019 will affect United Methodist mission work and mission giving.
Monday, April 15, 2019 1:35:35 PM

Conference offers guidance on apportionment alternatives
California-Pacific Conference leaders advise churches on giving options including withholding or redirecting apportionment contributions in protest of 2019 General Conference.
Friday, April 12, 2019 3:03:09 PM

200 years of answering the call to mission
From a salute to a pioneer among the Wyandotte to a call to engage global youth, a United Methodist event re-considers the nature of mission.
Friday, April 12, 2019 11:39:58 AM

Outcome of General Conference bittersweet
United Methodist traditionalists say General Conference vote was best way forward for denomination, but it probably means a split is coming.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 2:24:01 PM

Leaders pursue plan for new US structure
Despite concerns the homosexuality debate will engulf the plan, the Connectional Table is submitting legislation to create a decision-making body on U.S. matters.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:08:44 PM

Church takes reins at Hanwa Mission School
Now that the school is United Methodist, students can take exams there rather than being forced to travel long distances.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 11:29:53 AM

Global church wrestles with post-GC2019 pain
United Methodists took time out of a joint international meeting to discuss GC2019 fallout that some say casts doubt on the future of a global church.
Monday, April 08, 2019 3:39:56 PM

Fire destroys part of United Methodist school
The junior block at Hartzell High School, a United Methodist school at Old Mutare Mission in Zimbabwe, housed classrooms for hundreds of students.
Monday, April 08, 2019 2:02:48 PM

Groups approve plan to divvy up slashed budget
Two leadership bodies have approved allocations of the general church budget. However, debate arose about the budget process.
Friday, April 05, 2019 11:30:44 AM

Zimbabwe farming project empowers women, girls
UMCOR-funded program provides chicks to help women and girls generate income in an area struggling with drought, dying crops.
Friday, April 05, 2019 10:19:51 AM

Relationships key for churches to help addicts
It’s said the opposite of addiction is connection, and making connections is helping West Virginia churches be in ministry with substance abuse sufferers.
Thursday, April 04, 2019 1:14:00 PM

Grant challenge leads to new ministry with Native students
Red Shawl Project connects Oregon-Idaho Conference churches with students at Chemawa Indian Boarding School.
Thursday, April 04, 2019 1:13:51 PM

Connectional Table ponders role post-GC2019
As conversations happen across The United Methodist Church about possible denominational splits, Connectional Table members say they can be a conversation partner.
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 4:54:21 PM

Feedback sought on global Discipline effort
After the tumultuous GC2019, United Methodist leaders have delayed asking General Conference to vote on what is adaptable in the Book of Discipline.
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 2:39:35 PM

Church embraces cyclone survivors in Zimbabwe
United Methodist offer physical and emotional support as relief efforts continue in hard-hit areas.
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:31:20 PM

Denomination’s future under discussion — quietly
Conflict over homosexuality, unresolved by GC2019, prompts allies and opponents to talk afresh about options.
Monday, April 01, 2019 5:15:57 PM

Sierra Leone Conference helps kick-start new school
Community-empowerment team hands out backpacks, books, uniforms, shoes and supplies to 100 students ahead of new primary school’s opening in rural village.
Monday, April 01, 2019 12:40:58 PM

Updated: Bishop White: Strong convictions, gentle touch
Former bishop of New York and New Jersey conferences remembered for his impact inside and outside The United Methodist Church on peace and social justice issues.
Friday, March 29, 2019 5:57:25 PM

Hiwassee College closing in May
A 170-year-old United Methodist-related college in the Holston Conference announced it will close in May for financial reasons.
Friday, March 29, 2019 1:52:32 PM

Seminary leaders stress inclusiveness after GC2019
Leaders of most U.S. United Methodist theological schools say the passing of the Traditional Plan won’t change their policies of inclusion.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:08:12 AM

Group advises where to add 5 new African bishops
A church leadership body is submitting a plan that would add a central conference to Africa and increase the number of bishops from 13 to 18.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:31:20 AM

Global Filipino movement focuses on mission
National Association of Filipino-American United Methodists launches global movement to assist churches in diaspora.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11:17:09 AM

‘We thank God because we are alive’
United Methodists gather to support cyclone survivors as relief efforts ramp up in hardest-hit areas of Mozambique.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 11:02:07 AM

Resistance to GC2019 spreads
United Methodists unhappy about passage of Traditional Plan find various ways to apologize to the LGBTQ community— and to protest.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:41:19 AM

Future uncertain for Liberians living in US
While some fear deportation when their temporary protection status expires March 31, The United Methodist Church in Liberia is preparing to welcome its brothers and sisters back home.
Monday, March 25, 2019 12:50:00 PM

Appeals court backs tax-free clergy housing
Ruling is welcome news to thousands of clergy in all faith traditions across America.
Monday, March 25, 2019 11:50:48 AM

Conference asks ‘What If’ the church confronted the opioid crisis
Constant media coverage of opioid epidemic makes it seem hopeless, but churches in West Virginia are offering hope instead.
Monday, March 25, 2019 11:03:47 AM

Flood victims savor 'God moments'
Disaster response teams are making progress with flood relief in the northern central U.S., but some areas may still get more water if snow melts too fast.
Friday, March 22, 2019 4:47:46 PM

UMCOR grants aid initial cyclone response
United Methodist Committee on Relief provides short-term grants, but reaching the affected areas remains difficult.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:32:59 PM

Questions about task force ricocheting around church
Group investigating possible voting improprieties during 2019 General Conference are all members of Commission on General Conference.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:04:10 PM

Attacks hamper Ebola efforts in Congo
The United Methodist Church continues to raise awareness, as worship, evangelism drop in affected areas.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:48:12 AM

Church mobilizes to help cyclone survivors
Cyclone Idai left a path of destruction in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing at least 180 people and damaging United Methodist schools, churches, hospitals and homes.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:10:49 AM

New York, New Jersey conferences confer on GC2019
Inaugural conference special sessions address concerns over pain, distrust caused by denomination-wide vote.
Monday, March 18, 2019 6:02:54 PM

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Monday, March 18, 2019 12:14:15 PM

Task force to investigate GC2019 voting
General Conference organizers have named a 12-member task force to look into potential voting irregularities at the special session.
Saturday, March 16, 2019 5:28:50 PM

Denials, charges fly in GC2019 voting credentials review
One delegate named as a possible ineligible voter contends he was a duly elected reserve, but he is not listed on General Conference attendance records.
Friday, March 15, 2019 4:04:32 PM

Turning to God in the middle of a disaster
United Methodist executive’s near drowning in Brazil was not his worst brush with mortality.
Friday, March 15, 2019 1:40:39 PM

GC2019 voting credentials under review
After an in-depth review, it’s possible “a very limited number” of ineligible people obtained credentials to vote.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:30:36 PM

Better report cards for 2 UM seminaries
Accrediting agencies lift sanctions after finding improvements at Saint Paul and Claremont.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:49:12 PM

Improving vision and lives in Zimbabwe
Nyadire Connection program provides glasses to more than 4,000 people in rural communities.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:40:09 PM

Study asks: Are 13 seminaries sustainable?
A new study examines what the 13 United Methodist seminaries contribute and how they fit in the ecosystem of U.S. theological education.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:15:09 AM

A pastor’s legacy: Roadmap for all churches
Before he died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the Rev. Norman Tendis completed a practical congregational guide to creation care, a project of the World Council of Churches.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:10:35 PM

Resources, prayers offered for LGBTQ youth
Church leaders who fear the recent 2019 General Conference votes on homosexuality might harm LGBTQ youth are offering resources to help.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:10:02 PM

 

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