"The resolution successfully walks a line between celebrating those who have disobeyed without advocating disobedience." - Bishop Martin D. McLee, New York Annual Conference, ruling on a resolution that commends certain clergy for their stands on gay rights.
Regional conferences take onsocial issues
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - This summer's round of annual (regional) conference gatherings saw United Methodists tackling a range of familiar but still hot issues, including homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform.
Adopting 'a spirit of safari'
OLD MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) - More than an ocean separates United Methodists in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. But in July, they gathered to unite in common ministries. Melissa Lauber has the story.
After her son's death, a pastor forgives
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) - An Indianapolis Star series offers a story of forgiveness as a United Methodist pastor forms a bond with the young man responsible for her son's death.
Live from New York: Young adult commissioning
NEW YORK (UMNS) - On Aug.12, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries will commission 29 young adults as US-2s and mission interns. Watch the service live online at 11:30 a.m. (ET) at www.umcmission.org. Follow @umcmissionGT on Twitter for training and commissioning updates.
South Sudan, Sudan set up ecumenical councils
GENEVA (UMNS) - Two ecumenical councils in South Sudan and Sudan have been established, based on a decision reached through a lengthy process undertaken at the Sudan Council of Churches' 20th General Assembly July 3-7 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Student group seeks volunteer leaders
NEW YORK (UMNS) - The World Student Christian Federation's North American Regional Committee is looking to fill five vacant volunteer leadership positions. Applications are being accepted from students and recent graduates from both Canada and the United States to serve a two-year term. The deadline is Sept. 30.
Bishop: Let's shoot straight on small churches
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Retired Bishop William H. Willimon says it is time The United Methodist Church realized that small churches are often more burden than blessing.
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