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African bishops not united on church future

Three episcopal leaders from Africa signal they would go with a new traditionalist denomination if The United Methodist Church splits, but others aren’t joining in such statements.

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Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks

Anonymous letters criticizing the appearance of its African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a “Do Not Harm” campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church.

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Restructuring legislation gets a hearing

The drafters of the Christmas Covenant are leading webinars in the Philippines, Africa and Europe about their proposal for changing the denomination’s global structure.

‘That's just the way it is.’

A pastor learned about segregation at an early age when she wanted to invite her entire class to her grade-school birthday pool party.

Bishop Nhanala manages multiple crises

The first woman elected to the United Methodist episcopacy in Africa talks about the challenges that families, churches and communities are facing in Mozambique.

A Lenten call to reflect on human dignity

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling invites United Methodists during daily prayer to open their hearts and arms to ensure the dignity of all people and affirm human rights around the world.

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Church leaders decry attacks against Asians

Though the motive is still under investigation, United Methodist leaders say the killings at Atlanta area massage parlors took place as violence increases in the U.S. against those of Asian ancestry.

‘Girls, Jesus is calling YOU!’

In a video message for Women’s History Month, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño affirms the right of everyone to use the gifts God gives us for the betterment of the world.

Dotson remembered for seeing all the people

At a service streamed around the globe, United Methodists celebrated the life and faith of the Discipleship Ministries executive who touched many across the denomination.

It is time to separate

“As Genesis 25 says of Rebekah’s twins, we are like two nations struggling in the same womb,” writes former university chaplain.

A vision of New United Methodism

Just as the world will face a new normal due to ways that COVID-19 has changed us, the New United Methodism will definitely be different, writes a Dallas pastor.

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Church responds to chaplain's call to help soldiers

A National Guard chaplain got Bibles, games and 150 copies of a new book about courage when he turned to Wesley Theological Seminary for help keeping soldiers occupied in Washington in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection.

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General Conference postponed until 2022

Organizers have postponed the full General Conference, including proposals for a church split, until 2022 when delegates can meet in person. A special one-day, virtual General Conference is planned for May 8.