Human Sexuality

General Church
United Methodist Bishop Grant J. Hagiya (right) answers questions during a press conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C., after the announcement that the five active bishops from the denomination’s Western Jurisdiction have promised to “protect the full participation” of LGBTQ individuals in the life of the church. He is joined by Bishops Karen P. Oliveto (left) and Elaine J. W. Stanovsky. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

5 bishops pledge LGBTQ ‘safe harbor’

With the Traditional Plan about to take effect, the Western Jurisdiction’s five active bishops promise to protect the full participation of LGBTQ individuals.
Social Concerns
Pat Luna speaks during a panel discussion at the Leadership Institute, held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, Sept. 25-27. She was joined by the Revs. Adam Hamilton, Junius B. Dotson, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli and Michael Bowie. This year’s event focused on preserving, but reforming The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Annual event becomes forum on church’s future

Centrists and progressives turn Leadership Institute into discussion and strategizing session.
Social Concerns
UM-Forward is proposing a plan to the 2020 General Conference that would split the existing United Methodist Church into four new denominations. Image courtesy of UM-Forward.

N.E.W. Plan would create 4 denominations

UM-Forward is proposing legislation that would dissolve The United Methodist Church and form different global churches in its wake.
Social Concerns
Villagers travel by boat to their home in a floating village on the Tonle Sap River near Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A United Methodist team visited the area to explore ways the church can help fight human trafficking. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Group learns about causes, solutions for human trafficking

A group of United Methodists visited Cambodia to explore what the church might do to fight human trafficking.

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