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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 […]

Young Adults Explore their Calling in Denver

Across the country, Friday morning will bring over 400 hundred  18-25 year old young adults packing bags, climbing into cars, and boarding airplanes. Their destination? Exploration 2013, a weekend conference for young adults discerning a call towards ordained ministry. This biannual event is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The Exploration Design […]

Leadership conference considers evangelism from a Wesleyan perspective

Participants from around the U.S. joined together for the 4th annual Wesleyan Leadership Conference, which focused this year on evangelism.

Connexion of United Methodist in New Media Age

Special Contributor to UMR: Michael Rich Connexion ’13 had been in the planning stages since last fall. The people at Central UMC in Concord, NC were told that they would never get a crowd out on a Thursday for a seminar on internet topics. All the nay-sayers were proven wrong on October 10th. They sold […]

Board of Pensions to hold listening session

Glenview, IL — The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church (GBPHB) invites interested plan participants and other constituents to address the board of directors during a Listening Session on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC. The GBPHB board of directors’ Listening Session gives board members an opportunity to […]

Registration now open for 2014 Large Church Initiative

Registration is now open for Continuum – “Engaging All Generations,” the 2014 Large Church Initiative Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Candler School of Theology announces fall event schedule

The Candler School of Theology at Emory University has announced two special programs this fall for students and clergy alike.

United Theological Seminary announces women’s conference

DAYTON, OH – United Theological Seminary announces the first Deborah’s Daughters women’s conference, which will be Sept. 23, 2013, to Sept. 25, 2013. The conference will focus on the ways that women are and can be in leadership and ministry in every aspect of church life, and it is designed for both clergy and laity. In addition to […]

Adam Hamilton’s sermon at today’s National Prayer Service

This is an edited text that the Rev. Adam Hamilton provided the Reporter of the sermon he preached Jan. 22 at the 2013 inaugural prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral. Mr. Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan.  “Compassion, Vision and Perseverance: Lessons from Moses”  Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, […]