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Clergyman surrenders credentials in response to conference action on same-sex marriage

The Wichita Eagle highlights a dramatic scene where Rob Schmutz, a pastor at The United Methodist Church at Park City in Wichita Kansas, turned in his credentials after the Great Plains United Methodist Church Annual Conference session voted to approve a petition that “would eliminate the performance of same-sex marriages from the list of offenses […]

UM conferences approve plans for two mergers

OKLAHOMA CITY—The United Methodist conferences in the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction will have some very different boundaries within the next four years. On July 20, delegates at the jurisdictional conference unanimously approved the merger of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande annual conferences into “a bold new conference” and the consolidation of the Kansas East, […]