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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

Opinion: ‘What’s next for our United Methodist Church?’
With a little more than a year before the regular General Conference 2020, retired Bishop Michael J. Coyner looks at what The United Methodist Church might consider for the future.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:31:09 AM

2019 Sierra Leone Annual Conference
Jan. 23-27, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:37:38 PM

German church won’t impose Traditional Plan bans
Stipulations in the Traditional Plan approved by General Conference are unacceptable, said the executive committee of The United Methodist Church in Germany.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:17:43 PM

Judicial Council to review GC2019 actions
The two agenda items deal with the constitutionality questions related to Traditional Plan and exit plan approved by GC2019.
Monday, March 11, 2019 1:49:05 PM

Korean clergy offer diverse perspectives on GC2019
While many support the Traditional Plan adopted by General Conference, some expressed concerns with the plan, disappointment over treatment of LGBTQ community.
Monday, March 11, 2019 1:00:35 PM

Cameroon UMW confront gender-based violence
More than 50 women, representing diverse experiences and roles, gain knowledge to reduce vulnerability to violence and discrimination in a patriarchal society.
Friday, March 08, 2019 12:06:01 PM

Church empowers rural women in Zimbabwe
Church-sponsored projects, including beekeeping, small-scale farming and craft making are helping rural women in Zimbabwe survive the struggling economy.
Thursday, March 07, 2019 1:23:48 PM

Pastors became counselors after deadly tornado
'Please come,' hospital chaplain told United Methodist clergywoman in Opelika, Alabama.
Thursday, March 07, 2019 11:52:29 AM

Reaction to GC2019 remains strong
Strong opinions, including protests, offered on passage of Traditional Plan as churches and conferences meet to assess consequences and plan next steps.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 5:49:10 PM

Beginning to look ahead after GC2019 (2)
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is sticking around, and so are a number of church members who plan to defy the denomination’s homosexuality policies.
Monday, March 04, 2019 5:30:00 PM

Beginning to look ahead after GC2019
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is sticking around, and so are a number of church members who plan to defy the denomination’s homosexuality policies.
Monday, March 04, 2019 3:58:16 PM

Young adults reflect on Traditional Plan adoption
Young United Methodists have differing views on whether the Traditional Plan, adopted by the special General Conference, is the best way forward for the denomination.
Monday, March 04, 2019 3:09:53 PM

GC2019 maps uncertain way forward
More than 53 percent of General Conference delegates approved the Traditional Plan, but how much of the plan will take effect is unknown.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 5:00:45 PM

2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan
Delegates to The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly approved a plan that affirms church policies on homosexuality and strengthens enforcement. The vote was 438 to 384.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:45:21 PM

Conflict defines General Conference aimed at unity
Both sides of human sexuality debate acknowledge hurt at decisions on church’s LGBTQ policies.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:05:38 AM

Wrap-up: Judicial Council at GC2019
Highlights of the rulings by the United Methodist Judicial Council during the Feb. 23-26 special General Conference.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 9:00:00 PM

General Conference 2019 – Day 4 wrap-up
A news summary of the fourth day of action of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 8:00:00 PM

Call for General Conference review
Jeffrey “J.J.” Warren, an openly gay reserve delegate from the Upper New York Conference, makes an impassioned statement Feb. 25 arguing for allowing debate about the Simple Plan at the special General Conference in St. Louis. Debate was allowed, but the Simple Plan failed to receive enough votes after the debate to receive further consideration.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:45:30 PM

2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan
Updated at 9 p.m. Tuesday: Delegates to The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly approved a plan that affirms church policies on homosexuality and strengthens enforcement. The vote was 438 to 384.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1:14:03 PM

Court to GC2019: Legislation needs more work
The United Methodist Judicial Council points to parts of legislation passed Feb. 25 that remain unconstitutional.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:08:52 PM

General Conference 2019 - Day 3 wrap-up
A news summary of the third day of action of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:02:28 AM

Traditional Plan advances as One Church, Simple plans fail
General Conference 2019 delegates moved the Traditional Plan forward to plenary, not the One Church Plan or the Simple.
Monday, February 25, 2019 11:18:54 PM

Key GC2019 votes prompt anguish, satisfaction
Young reserve delegate’s remarks inspire those reeling from One Church Plan’s defeat in legislative committee.
Monday, February 25, 2019 9:20:54 PM

General Conference 2019 - Day 2 wrap-up
A news summary of the second day of action at the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Monday, February 25, 2019 11:55:47 AM

GC2019 Daily Update: Feb. 25
This story updated: 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Monday, February 25, 2019 11:09:05 AM

"The Cross and the Flame," sermon by Bishop Kenneth J. Carter
Preaching Feb. 24, Council of Bishops President Kenneth H. Carter called on General Conference delegates to “watch and listen…and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit, to make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.”
Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:13:23 PM

Traditional and One Church backers gear up
The Traditional Plan is the top priority as delegates begin their second day of legislative committee. But One Church Plan backers have not given up.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:04:39 PM

Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes
Delegates ranked petitions by priority for refining in legislative committee. The One Church Plan, backed by a majority of bishops, was fifth.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:20:09 PM

Court cites 2016 decision in query at GC2019
The United Methodist Judicial Council referred to a previous decision in answer to a question about potential conflicts in language in the denomination’s lawbook.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 6:21:55 PM

Many arrive to witness United Methodist history
Observers to special called General Conference come from afar and reflect denomination’s struggle with theological diversity
Sunday, February 24, 2019 3:36:46 PM

GC2019 Daily Update: Feb. 24
Updated 5:30 p.m. Sunday:
Delegates ranked petitions by priority for refining in legislative committee. The One Church Plan, backed by a majority of bishops, was fifth.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:53:03 AM

One Church Plan rally draws overflow crowd
More than 400 United Methodists came together for an event that extolled the GC2019 proposal that backers say keeps church together.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:19:53 AM

General Conference 2019 - Day 1 wrap-up
A news summary of the first day of action at the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 10:08:36 AM

Reporters Roundtable - Day 1 of the 2019 General Conference
The 2019 special General Conference has been celebratory but at the same time subdued, say three communicators working at the historic St. Louis event. The Rev. Art McClanahan speaks with Tim Jones and Annette Spence of the Holston Conference and Jackie Campbell of the Western Pennsylvania Conference on a reporter’s roundtable on Day 1 of the General Conference.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:57:03 AM

Prayer ministry is a 'spirit experience'
The prayer ministry at the 2019 special General Conference includes a labyrinth, quiet spaces for contemplation and the availability of spiritual directors, says Aletha Weatherall, lead of the prayer team. The Rev. Art McClanahan speaks with Weatherall about her team’s efforts to design a “spirit experience” that includes elements of fasting, confession and repentance.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:43:39 AM

 

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