Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’

Phyllis Tickle speaking at Faith Forward a youth and children's ministry conference in May of 2014

LUCY, Tenn. (RNS) Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle. And now, at 81, she’s working on her final chapter: her own. On Jan. 2, the very day her husband, Sam, succumbed to a long and debilitating illness, […]

GCFA continues withholding of funds for East Africa Conference


NASHVILLE, Tenn — The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Board, meeting this week in Nashville, has decided to continue withholding funds allocated by the general church to the East Africa Annual Conference and related organizations. This action was taken in response to a lack of financial accountability for the disbursement of funds in that […]

Connectional Table votes to submit legislation removing prohibitive language on homosexuality


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The Connectional Table of the United Methodist Church has voted to submit a compromise legislative proposal to the 2016 General Conference that removes prohibitive language from The United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning homosexuality, while making only minor changes to the existing Social Principles. The proposal would allow United Methodist clergy to perform […]

One Matters Award to Encourage Baptisms and Professions of Faith

One Matters Award Discipleship Ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 17, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ Annual conferences are being encouraged to renew their focus on discipleship, especially at congregations in the United Methodist connection where annual baptisms and professions of faith too often are nonexistent, by honoring churches with the new One Matters Discipleship Award. Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church is […]

World Vision suspends operations in key South Sudan state over escalating violence

South Sudan

(RNS) Amid killings, rapes and abductions, the international evangelical humanitarian agency World Vision indefinitely suspended its operations in South Sudan’s Unity State over the escalating conflict. Multiple other aid agencies, including Doctors Without Borders, have taken similar action. On Wednesday (May 13), gunmen torched towns in some of the heaviest fighting in the 17-month-long conflict in […]

Recently Read: United Methodist Regional Body Accused of Bullying Pastor for Supporting Traditional Marriage

With Presbyterians in the yes column, mainline Protestants solidify gay marriage support

The Christian Post brings to light a disturbing outline of events encompassing the removal of the pastor of a United Methodist congregation. A regional body of the United Methodist Church based in Georgia has been accused of bullying a pastor and her church over their support for traditional marriage. Carole Hulslander, pastor at Still Waters […]

Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion

Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago. That’s the top finding — one that will ricochet through American faith, culture and politics — in the Pew Research Center’s newest report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” released Tuesday (May 12). This trend “is big, it’s broad and it’s everywhere,” […]

Liberia’s United Methodists keep ban on divorced clergy becoming Bishops

Liberia’s United Methodists keep ban on divorced clergy becoming bishops

(RNS) In the United States, United Methodists are fighting about whether to allow clergy to marry gay couples. In Liberia, divorce is on the line. The United Methodist Church in Liberia recently voted to uphold a long-standing provision barring divorced clergy from running for the office of the bishop. The church’s leaders say the ban […]

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a ‘foot soldier’ for civil rights, turns his eye to LGBT rights

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a ‘foot soldier’ for civil rights, turns his eye to LGBT rights

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The Rev. Gil Caldwell walked onto the campus of Duke Divinity School, leaning on a cane, alongside thousands of Duke alumni arriving for a reunion. But unlike the others, he wasn’t returning for a stroll down memory lane. He had come here for a glimpse of what might have been. Some 60 […]

Hays to Step Down As Dean of Duke Divinity School in 2016

Richard B Hays, Duke Divinity School

News from Duke Divinity School: Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays today announced that he will conclude his term as dean at the end of the next academic year, June 30, 2016. He will take a research leave during the 2016-17 academic year and then return to his position as professor of New Testament […]