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Responses Across the Connection

Judicial Council Ruling Last night, the Judicial Council issued Decision No. 1341, responding to a petition by the South Central Jurisdiction for a declaratory decision concerning the application, meaning, and effect of the Book of Discipline in regard to the nomination, election, consecration, and/or assignment as bishop of a person who claims to be a “self-avowed practicing […]

Recently Viewed: Thomas Kemper at the Istanbul Airport During the Terror Bombing *UPDATED*

UPDATED 06/30/16 11:30am CT Istanbul Airport Hiding out amidst chaos Thomas Kemper was in the Turkish Airlines lounge when the bomb blasts went off. “Everybody started running and went in all directions,” he said. He ended up in a back room off the kitchen, where he hid behind some boxes with another man. “You have […]

Supreme Court strikes down abortion restrictions

By Richard Wolf WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court delivered its most significant ruling on abortion in a generation Monday (June 27), striking down restrictions on Texas clinics and doctors that threatened to make the procedure more difficult for women to access. The divided court, acting on the last day of a term in which it […]

Protest interrupts afternoon plenary

A protest today disrupted business at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland Ore. Soon after Bishop Micheal Coyner called this afternoon’s plenary session to order, shouts were heard in one corner of the hall. A few protesters held a banner emblazoned with the with the hashtag all #BlackLivesMatter,” along with the […]

Multimedia: Immigration Rally

A collaborative effort featuring photos from Skyler Nimmons (Indiana Conference), Paul Jeffrey (United Methodist News Service), and audio from UMR managing editor Laura Harbert Allen. “It’s based on the mandate of Christ, to welcome the refugee,” said Bishop Minerva Carcano of the California-Pacific Conference. Today’s rally took place outside the Oregon Convention Center in downtown […]

Registration open for global United Methodist clergywomen gathering

United Methodist clergywomen from around the world will gather in Houston August 29-31 to celebrate 60 years of full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition, and 20 years of the full-clergy-membership diaconate for United Methodist deacons.

After the Ferguson protests, church volunteers pick up the pieces

FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) On the fourth morning after Michael Brown’s death, residents from different parts of the region came together to pick up the pieces. Some were young, some old. The majority arrived as part of the faithful. Others trickled in after spotting volunteers marching up and down West Florissant under the hot sun. Carrying […]

Aldersgate Covenant announces gathering on May 16-17

A diverse group of leaders in the United Methodist Church has announced a special time of worship and prayer for all United Methodists seeking spiritual revival. The group, known at the Aldersgate Covenant, announced that the Aldersgate Covenant gathering will be on May 16-17, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. The […]

Tennessee has a newly bald bishop

Murfreesboro, Tenn. — This summer, while participating in the Tennessee Annual Conference youth event Summer Sizzler, Bishop Bill McAlilly made a challenge. He was talking with youth in the conference about the importance of the Youth Service Fund (YSF), and challenged them to expand their fundraising efforts for the program. Wanting to spur them forward, he told […]

Deadline for legislative proposals extended for Young People’s Gathering

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Delegates planning to attend the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly now have additional time to submit legislative proposals they would like to have adopted at the July gathering in the Philippines. The deadline for submitting legislative proposals has been extended until Feb. 14, said Michael Ratliff, Associate General Secretary at the […]