United Methodist News Service

Court hears arguments over gay bishop

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:12
An elected representative of one U.S. regional body asks whether the episcopal election in another region violates United Methodist Church law.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:41
The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality.

Migration as a mission challenge, blessing

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:07
Issues and actions surrounding migration highlight the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ spring meeting.

Grants for disaster recovery, health needs

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:05
Directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief approve grants for disaster relief efforts by conferences and for health boards in Africa.

Clergy react to Arkansas execution

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:53
United Methodist clergy spoke out against Arkansas first execution since 2005 and plans for other executions by April 27.

Church braces for ruling on gay bishop

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:28
Some say fragile unity will be tested, regardless of the ruling in the case that could affect United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto.

Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:04
The denomination’s top court faces a question of whether it should weigh in on Bishop Oliveto’s election at all.

Faith groups bring hope, new life to refugees

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:56
Panel at U.N. headquarters highlights decades-long leadership of faith-based groups in U.S. refugee resettlement.

Norwegian United Methodist pastor leads Lutheran church

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:26
Appointment of Norwegian United Methodist pastor to Lutheran church highlights value of ecumenism.

Clergy speak out against executions

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:18
As Arkansas fights to move ahead with a series of double executions, United Methodist clergy are among those speaking out against the plan to execute seven men by April 27.

Nigerian seminary educates pastors’ wives

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:25
A United Methodist seminary in Nigeria is providing basic skills training for the wives of students training to be pastors.

Hundreds benefit from medical outreach

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:56
Free medical outreach program conducted by The United Methodist Church in rural Zimbabwe also encouraged patients to seek treatment sooner.

Africa University farm feeds multitudes

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:32
Happy animals, abundant crops makes the pan-African university self-sustaining. The agricultural department was one of first two faculties established in 1992.

Way Forward group ponders structural changes

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 15:37
As the commission works toward church unity, some members say the group is contemplating “loosening the connection.”

Recalling violence against Filipino farmers

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 09:52
United Methodists organize worship service to mark one-year anniversary of a bloody attack in the Philippines.

United Methodists in Nigeria focus on future

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:35
Roundtable meeting gives The United Methodist Church in Nigeria the opportunity to develop a strategic plan for the next six years when the church will celebrate it centenary.

Bishop Fernandes, brave leader, dies

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:16
The bishop led United Methodists in East Angola through some of the worst of his country’s civil war. “The church was everything for him.”

Civil rights tour ‘impactful’ for Hispanic youth

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:48
United Methodist Church’s National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry underwrites trip across South

New film on Reinhold Niebuhr speaks to today

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:52
Niebuhr, the theologian best known today for the Serenity Prayer, offered ideas relevant to the current political scene.

Sierra Leone bishop: Overseas support at risk

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 09:53
Sierra Leone’s United Methodist bishop warns the church needs to reduce its reliance on overseas funds in case the denomination splits over homosexuality.