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How old is too old to join UM clergy?

The Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church has proposed changing its minimum standards for clergy to discourage people over 45 from becoming candidates for ordained ministry. The conference’s board of ordained ministry is seeking feedback through September this year and does not plan to make any final decision on its standards until October. But […]

Two United Methodists recognized by White House as `Champions of Change’ for solar project

Two United Methodists have taken an idea for bringing light to people living in darkness from their church altar to the White House in less than a year. Doug McNeil and Jesse Salem — both members of Los Gatos UMC in California’s Silicon Valley — are being honored Friday, April 5, at the White House […]

Rehabilitating the reputation of Mary Magdalene

  You’ve got to feel bad for Mary Magdalene. Sure, she has fame many of today’s celebrities would envy. She’s played a leading role in works ranging from Renaissance paintings to just about every Passion play and movie made about Jesus’ life. But all that stardom has come with a price. Few other followers of […]

Church: No weddings till UMC changes homosexuality stand

Leaders of a United Methodist congregation in Winston-Salem, N.C., have decided not to hold weddings in the church building until the denomination lifts its ban on same-sex marriage. Green Street UMC announced publicly March 17 that its 18-member leadership council also has asked its pastors to refrain from signing marriage licenses until North Carolina recognizes […]

How churches can play role in dating, marriage

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Matthew Oates and Jennifer Dobbs were born a few months apart in the same hospital. They grew up a few miles apart in southern Indiana; they even went to the same orthodontist. But they never met. They both attended Purdue University from 1996 to 2000, and while there, were involved in various United Methodist […]

Denomination urged to trust, share leadership

Don’t be surprised if you hear church leaders use the phrase “adaptive leadership” multiple times during the next four years. That phrase served as the recurring theme of the 2013 Quadrennial Training Event, which drew nearly 1,000 United Methodists to the Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 17-20. Put another way, the gathering attracted […]

Couples share how ‘Methodist destiny’ brought them together

Matthew Oates and Jennifer Dobbs were born a few months apart in the same hospital. They grew up a few miles apart in southern Indiana; they even went to the same orthodontist. But they never met. They both attended Purdue University from 1996 to 2000, and while there, were involved in various United Methodist ministries. […]

Still there, UM Connectional Table starts anew

The new Connectional Table—a United Methodist governing body that had expected to be defunct by now—met to organize for the next four years. The gathering Jan. 15-17 in Nashville, Tenn., set the tone for the denomination’s leadership for the next four years and may have offered a prelude to proposals that will go before the […]

UM agency leaders welcome news that Boy Scouts may end ban on gay scouts, leaders

Editor’s note: At the bottom of this story is a further statement issued Jan. 31 by Gilbert Hanke of United Methodist Men. Leaders of two United Methodist agencies — United Methodist Men and United Methodist Board of Church and Society — welcomed news that the Boy Scouts of America is considering ending its decades-long ban […]

Leaders: Ethnic diversity critical to church future

CHICAGO—Just about everyone agrees that the United Methodist Church needs to draw more people and younger people to reverse decades of declining membership in the United States. Add to the list the need to bring more people of color into the United Methodist fold. That was an overarching theme of a Nov. 29-Dec. 1 meeting […]

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