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UM In the News are stories from other websites profiling United Methodist clergy and laity in their practice of ministry and daily life.

North GA conference announces called Annual Conference session

Bishop B. Michael Watson announces today that he is calling a special Annual Conference session at 10 a.m, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

“Bishops on the Border” addresses immigration

The small book is a Scriptural tour de force with each contributor citing particularly relevant passages regarding strangers and aliens and the welcome God instructs His followers in the Old Testament and Jesus insists His believers offer in the New.

Dr. Bill McElvaney, social justice crusader, dies

Dr. Bill McElvaney, one of North Texas’ most revered retired pastors, died August 24, 2014.

Bishop Martin McLee passes away

With deep sorrow, we announce that Bishop Martin D. McLee, Resident Bishop of the New York Annual Conference, entered eternal rest this afternoon — Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Will Frank Shaefer’s reinstatement be overturned?

The United Methodist Judicial Council will hear an appeal for a church trial case in which Frank Schaefer had his clergy credentials returned after being defrocked for violating church law on gay marriage.

Methodists in England “like an iceberg… crumbling into the sea”

The Methodist Church in Britain is hemorrhaging members and has been described by a leading religious affairs commentator as “a bit like an iceberg that’s just crumbling into the sea.”

The comments of Linda Woodhead, a sociologist at Lancaster University, follow the publication of a report called “Statistics for Mission” by the Methodist Church that shows a dramatic collapse of membership — to about 200,000 in the U.K. — in the last decade.

FUMC Midland, TX, brings Cuban pastor to establish Hispanic ministry

“We wanted to do this because there is a rapidly growing Spanish-speaking and English-speaking Hispanic population growing in Midland.

Recently Read: Group to bishops – enforce rules on homosexuality

Sam Hodges reports for the UMNS regarding a new statement directed to the UMC Council of Bishops.

UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s “Defrocked” released today by Chalice Press

Today is the official release by Chalice Press of UM clergy Frank Schaefer’s book “Defrocked.” Due to the continuing attention around the UMC community on this polarizing subject, UMR is posting an exclusive book excerpt and a UMR editor will separately review Schaefer’s book in the coming weeks.

Schaefer’s new book and the shifting LGBT inclusion conversation

By Cassandra Lawrence Rev. Frank Schaefer’s personal retelling of the events leading up to his trial and defrocking, are detailed in his new book, “Defrocked: How a Father’s Love Shook the United Methodist Church” (UMC). “I never got to tell my side of the story,” Schaefer says on why he wrote the memoir, which officially […]