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UMCOR makes grants for Sandy recovery

NEW YORK—United Methodists in New York were counting on the regional shipments of 15,000 flood buckets that they distributed to Hurricane Sandy survivors last fall. But they didn’t expect the more than 11,000 blankets from a faraway source, said Bishop Martin McLee, leader of the denomination’s New York Conference. “There was this wonderful call, asking […]

Retired UM pastor faces possible church trial for officiating at gay son’s wedding

A new, high-profile episode in the United Methodist Church’s struggle over homosexuality has emerged, with a retired UM pastor and Yale Divinity School dean, the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, facing a possible church trial for presiding at the wedding of his gay son to another man. The UMC’s Book of Discipline forbids clergy from officiating at same-sex […]

Two children killed in massacre attended Newtown UMC

By Joanne S. Utley, Special Contributor… Newtown United Methodist Church has a passionate history of reaching out in mission to the world, but now it finds that the world’s attention and caring is riveted on its own tight-knit community in Connecticut.   On Friday, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six teachers and administrators at […]

Time of mourning at Newtown UMC

By Arthur McClanahan… It was supposed to be Christmas Pageant Sunday at Newtown United Methodist Church. The joy candle was to be lit on the Advent wreath. Christmas caroling was to take place after the second service. Instead, it was a time to weep, a time to mourn. Two 7-year-olds from the congregation were among the […]