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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 […]

45 United Methodists in diverse Congress

By Albert J. Menendez, United Methodist News Service… WASHINGTON—Forty-five United Methodists will serve in the 113th United States Congress, three fewer than in the 112th. The new Congress, which will convene on Jan. 3, 2013, will be the most religiously diverse in the nation’s history. According to an analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion […]

Faced with cuts, agencies plan changes

Cut back, hang tough, shift priorities. The United Methodist Church’s general agencies will employ those strategies over the next four years to deal with reduced budgets, smaller boards and new directions in mission. As the largest program agency, the General Board of Global Ministries cut back by reducing its board of directors by nearly two-thirds, […]

UM Agency applauds Supreme Court decision on health care law

The UMC’s General Board of Church and Society cheered the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday that upholds the health care act championed by President Obama. “The Affordable Care Act is a huge step in the right direction and we celebrate provisions in that law that continue to fill the gaps and expand existing health care, […]

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