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God makes major announcement: “I am leaving the UMC…”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, collectively known as “God,” issued a statement this morning that, in light of the denomination’s ever declining membership and relevance, they are leaving the United Methodist Church. The statement read, in part, “This church just isn’t what it used to be, and quite frankly we’re tired of […]

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The commentary titled Personal convictions versus ordination vows has been removed at the request of the author. As this commentary was submitted voluntarily with no expectation of compensation, we feel we must honor the request of the author. Special Contributor This story was written by a special contributor to The United Methodist Reporter. You may send your […]

MTSO hosts United Methodist Women history conference

MTSO will host a conference May 28-30, 2015, with the theme “United Methodist Women’s History: Voices Lost & Found.”

Early-bird rates for YOUTH 2015 ending + lineup announcements

Youth and youth leaders planning to attend YOUTH 2015, the national gathering for United Methodist youth next June in Orlando, can take advantage of the best possible price for the four-day event by registering before Jan 31.

Book review: “Bonhoeffer as Youthworker” by Andrew Root

This new work by Andrew Root would be a worthwhile read even if only as a refresher course in the remarkable life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Human Trafficking is about People (COMMENTARY)

Human trafficking seems like such an immediate, obvious, and practical crisis. However, we will never really address the problem until we meditate on that crucial distinction between people and things.

New Reinsurance Partner Swiss Re effective 1/1/15; board pleased with UMI’s continued success insuring UM churches

Chuck Hamilton, President of United Methodist Insurance (UMI) is pleased to announce that UMI has selected Swiss Re (rated A+ by A.M. Best) as its new reinsurance partner, effective January 1, 2015.

Women of Color Scholars celebrate 25 years

Sixty-five gathered in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Methodist Women of Color Scholars scholarship and mentoring program, the only denominationally sponsored program of its kind, November 21, 2014, in San Diego, California.

Student veterans find community in Bible study

“You try to reintegrate, but you have people asking you about military service a lot, so you’re forced to revisit it; sometimes that is something you want to do, and sometimes it’s not.”

Movie review: The Theory of Everything

The jigsaw puzzle piece is a fitting symbol for marriage, with each person being a different shape as determined by their interests, talents, beliefs and personalities.

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