Human Sexuality

General Church
The Rev. Adam Hamilton speaks at a press conference following the UMCNext gathering at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. He was one of a 17-member convening team for an event that brought together U.S. United Methodists who oppose the Traditional Plan. Photo by David Burke, Great Plains Conference.

Planning new directions for the church

What united those at UMCNext was a desire for inclusion of LGBTQ Christians in all aspects of life in the church.
General Church
The Revs. Anna Blaedel and Alex da Silva Souto officiate at a communion service concluding the Our Movement Forward conference. The event was geared toward starting a new Methodist movement centered on the voices of people of color and LGBTQ individuals. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

Summit plans inclusive Methodist movement

Some 350 U.S. United Methodists gathered May 17-18 to discuss what a new Methodist expression centered on the marginalized might look like.
General Church
The Rev. Gary W. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, speaks to the press following the conclusion of the special session in St. Louis. To the right is Bishop Kenneth H. Carter. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Task force to investigate GC2019 voting

General Conference organizers have named a 12-member task force to look into potential voting irregularities at the special session.
Social Concerns
Bishop Karen Oliveto (right) shares bread with a delegate during a February 23, 2019, worship service in the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Oliveto leads the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Resources, prayers offered for LGBTQ youth

Church leaders who fear the recent 2019 General Conference votes on homosexuality might harm LGBTQ youth are offering resources to help.

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