United Methodist News Service

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United Methodist News Service is the official news gathering agency of the United Methodist Church, and a division of United Methodist Communications. Mandated by the United Methodist Book of Discipline, UMNS provides news stories to communicators throughout the world.

Finding peace from conflict, post-Soweto

By Linda Bloom South African and ecumenical church leaders marked the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising with a consultation designed to assist those in today’s conflict or post-conflict countries. The June 8-11 event, “Peace-Building and Reconciliation Consultation: The Place of the Church” was organized by the World Council of Churches and the South African […]

Court defers review of ‘Plan UMC Revised’

By Linda Bloom Oct. 26, 2015 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) A ruling on the constitutionality of legislation for a proposed organizational plan for The United Methodist Church has been deferred until May. To make a declaratory decision about one specific piece of proposed legislation, the United Methodist Judicial Council said in Decision 1303, “could intrude” […]

Conference sues breakaway church over assets

By Heather Hahn* UMNS — The Illinois Great Rivers Conference filed a lawsuit Aug. 6 seeking to keep property now used by a breakaway congregation. The lawsuit, filed in Illinois’ Pulaski County Circuit Court, asks for a permanent injunction that would bar the church from “occupying, possessing or otherwise exercising control over the real and personal […]

Churches can have gay Boy Scout leaders

By Heather Hahn* July 28, 2015 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Boys Scouts of America’s decision on July 27 to lift its national ban on openly gay adult leaders has the support of United Methodists of varied theological perspectives. The key for some is that the new policy allows church-sponsored units to choose leaders based […]

GCFA approves changes to retiree medical costs

The General Council on Finance and Administration’s board on Aug. 22 approved changes to retirees’ plan that members hope will bring some consistency in pricing and reduce retirees’ expenses.

William McElvaney, social justice advocate, dies at 86

By Sam Hodges Aug. 24, 2014 | DALLAS (UMNS) The Rev. William McElvaney, a retired United Methodist pastor and seminary president known for social justice advocacy, died Sunday Aug. 24, at his Dallas home. He was 86.McElvaney had recently informed members of Northaven United Methodist Church, where he was pastor emeritus, that his liver cancer had […]

Church youth take shelter, pray for others, as typhoon hits Philippines

Youth and young adults from across the United Methodist connection were safely sheltered as of mid-morning in Tagaytay during Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda. Delegates and observers for the Global Young People’s Convocation, hosted by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, have been arriving at the Center for Community Transformation for the July 16 […]

Bishop Roy Clark dead at 93

By Heather Hahn May 28, 2014 | NASHVILLE. Tenn. (UMNS) Retired Bishop Roy Clyde Clark, who nurtured United Methodist ministry globally and vital congregations locally, died May 27 in Nashville. He was 93. “He helped us to think theologically about the mission and message of the local church,” said retired Bishop Joseph E. Pennel Jr., […]

Amicable breakup of UMC needed, pastor group says

By Sam Hodges* DALLAS (UMNS) — A group of United Methodist pastors and theologians is calling for an amicable split of the denomination, saying differences over homosexuality and other issues are irreconcilable. The group describes itself as traditionalist and says its ranks include more than 80 members, including pastors of some of the larger United […]

Trial set for theologian who officiated at son’s wedding

By Heather Hahn and Kathy Gilbert* A United Methodist theologian and retired elder in the New York Annual (regional) Conference will face a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son. The trial of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree is scheduled for March 10 at First United Methodist Church in Stamford, Conn., reports […]