GBHEM Board works on new call focus, General Conference legislation

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NASHVILLE, TN: A report on the Young Clergy Initiative, a discussion about a new leadership initiative focused on call and legislation preparations for General Conference 2016 served as leading topics of discussion at the Board of Directors meeting of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), August 5–7, in Nashville. Before the board […]

United Methodist young people’s healthcare concerns aired in D.C.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. Aug. 20, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – For United Methodist young adult Kyle Ormiston, whether to eat or fill an $850 monthly prescription was a dilemma, but he said the decision was obvious: “In the long term, eating won that battle.” Ormiston’s story about facing stressful health care decisions post-college was one of many […]

Conference sues breakaway church over assets

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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 […]

Interreligious partners unite for disaster recovery in Texas

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By Susan Kim* As Carol Greenslate considers the thousands of people affected by flooding in the greater Houston area of Texas, she also sees a response full of blessings and what she calls “kingdom building.” After torrential rain led to extreme river and creek flooding throughout the state at the end of May, faith leaders […]

Churches can have gay Boy Scout leaders

The executive board of Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay leaders. But religiously affiliated units still can maintain their own prohibitions.
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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 […]

New United Methodist hymnal endorsed


NASHVILLE, TN —The United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries (the General Board of Discipleship) announce that their respective boards have endorsed legislation to be submitted to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church that, if approved, would begin the process of developing a new official hymnal and provide for ongoing revision of the […]

Eastern PA Annual Conference calls for special session to re-elect GC2016 delegation


The Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) announced today an “adjourned session” of the annual conference for the purpose of electing their delegation to the 2016 General Conference. While the conference conducted elections at their May 2015 meeting, conference secretary Lloyd Speer announced that voting discrepancies, due in part to the electronic voting system, had invalidated […]

Discipleship Ministries Board of Directors statement decries hatred and hate crimes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 29, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The Board of Directors of Discipleship Ministries has issued a statement opposing hate crimes in light of recent “acts of violence, destruction and murder based upon hatred, racism, fear, bigotry and prejudice.” “As we at Discipleship Ministries focus our efforts on providing resources for serving and training leaders in annual […]

Behind the scenes on the separation of a church

Wesley Church, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Earlier this week reports about a formerly United Methodist church exiting the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) spread across the Internet (based largely on Walter Fenton’s story at Good News Magazine). As Fenton reported, the Wesley United Methodist Church in Quarryville, PA voted to leave the denomination, and in a negotiated settlement the EPAC allowed the […]

UMPH dedicates new digs


NASHVILLE, Tn — After 58 years on the corner of 8th Ave. and Demonbreun St. in downtown Nashville, the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) dedicated their new facility in a a new location this morning. In a ceremony which included members of the Board of Directors, both current and past UMPH staff, several UMC bishops, and […]