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Knitting bonds of love and hope all over the world

Methodist education is all about transforming lives. Being part of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities is a way of feeling a part of something bigger than one’s own institution.

Tackling a petitions conundrum

The General Conference commission spent time grappling with what to do about petitions submitted by people who, for whatever reason, are no longer part of The United Methodist Church.

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What to expect at the next General Conference

The group that plans The United Methodist Church’s big legislative assembly is putting together the final details for holding the long-delayed General Conference next year in Charlotte, North Carolina. The group is as changed as the denomination it ...

Remembering United Methodism’s maestro

The Rev. Carlton R. “Sam” Young edited The United Methodist Hymnal but also stood out as a composer, arranger, conductor and scholar. He died May 21 at age 97.

A whirlwind pilgrimage through Methodist history

Race, social justice and the role of the church in politics all played a role in the first Social Justice Pilgrimage, a day of visiting and learning about United Methodist-associated locales in Baltimore and Washington.

As church exits rise, proposed budget drops

In the wake of projected losses from church closures and disaffiliations, The United Methodist Church’s finance agency continues to shrink the proposed budget heading to General Conference.

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Judge lifts North Georgia disaffiliation pause

A judge ruled from the bench that 185 North Georgia churches can proceed with The United Methodist Church’s disaffiliation process. Meanwhile, the Rio Texas Conference has filed suit against churches seeking to circumvent that process.

Bishops call for General Conference in 2026

United Methodist bishops see a need for the denomination’s top lawmaking body to hold an additional meeting to deal with changes resulting from church disaffiliations. Meanwhile, the denomination’s finance agency has its own concerns.

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Suspended bishop moves toward church trial

The Western Jurisdiction announced that a committee has determined enough evidence exists to bring charges against Bishop Minerva Carcaño to trial. Carcaño has been suspended for more than a year.

Conflicting actions sought on bishop’s suspension

As the United Methodist Council of Bishops meets this week, different groups are advocating for their hoped-for response to Bishop Minerva Carcaño’s suspension. She has been suspended with pay for more than a year.

Legal forum offers guidance for time of schism

United Methodist bishops, conference legal advisers and other church leaders met to share insights on dealing with church disaffiliations. They also discussed how to work toward a future with hope.

Amid rupture, bishops called to renew church

In his presidential address to the first in-person Council of Bishops meeting in three years, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton urged his episcopal colleagues to take time to grieve disaffiliations but then work for renewal.

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Ethicist speaks to disaffiliation struggle

The Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee, a Baptist and author of many works on Christian ethics, says clergy and churches leaving The United Methodist Church and those staying should strive to “let each other go in peace.”

Global Ministries meetings focus on mission in Africa

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries met this month in Mozambique to collaborate with African United Methodists on mission work and the shared goal of helping the church in Africa become self-sustaining.

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Court rules on exiting clergy and churches

The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council weighed in on whether withdrawing clergy must surrender their credentials and other questions related to church disaffiliations.

Court: Bishops can intercede in complaints

The United Methodist Church’s top court upheld the constitutionality of a relatively new church law that allows the Council of Bishops to be involved in adjudicating complaints against its members.

Parish nurses can play a role in health care deserts

Since John Wesley’s day, Methodists have strived to address a variety of social concerns, including health care. The parish nurse program can play a vital role in continuing ministries of healing, writes the Rev. Mel West.

Differing trajectories of separation

Even as they vote to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church, some congregations and conferences show interest in maintaining some connectionalism with The United Methodist Church.

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Exiting Florida churches’ lawsuit dismissed

A Florida judge dismissed a lawsuit originally filed by 106 churches seeking to leave The United Methodist Church without paying exit fees. However, the judge’s ruling opened the way for an appeal.

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United Methodists join march for gun reform

A large rally in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, held in the wake of a deadly school shooting, had strong representation from United Methodist clergy and laity. The agenda was to support stricter gun laws and other social justice goals that the ...