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Photo Essay: 'John Wesley' sails the Amazon

Since 2001, the “John Wesley” Methodist Medical Boat has sailed the waters of the Amazon River providing faith, hope, love and health to indigenous communities living in northern Brazil. United Methodist News Service traveled with the medical team to document this vital ministry.

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The opening day of the special session of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  An investigation into voting irregularities at the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly is underway. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

GC2019 voting credentials under review

After an in-depth review, it’s possible “a very limited number” of ineligible people obtained credentials to vote.
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The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. Only General Conference can change the book, which is revised after each meeting of the conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

List of GC2019 petitions under court review

Downloadable PDF lists approved changes to the Book of Discipline that will be reviewed by the Judicial Council in April.
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Saint Paul School of Theology, based at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kans., is celebrating that it's no longer on probation with its accrediting agency. Photo courtesy Saint Paul School of Theology.

Better report cards for 2 UM seminaries

Accrediting agencies lift sanctions after finding improvements at Saint Paul and Claremont.

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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: What Happened at General Conference?

Amid growing concerns for the denomination’s future, the 2016 General Conference authorized the formation of a commission to deal with church teachings on homosexuality and find ways to help the church stay together. The Commission on a Way Forward submitted proposals that were considered by the delegates at the 2019 special called General Conference.

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