General Conference 2016 officially begins

Opening worship of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., on May 10. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.
Opening worship of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., on May 10. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

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The U.S. Capitol is framed by trees across from the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

38 United Methodists serve in 116th Congress

United Methodists comprise the fourth-largest religious group in a new Congress that has fewer Christians and slightly more religious diversity.
Immigration
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had faced official church complaints from fellow United Methodists, but those were dismissed by a district superintendent in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

Complaints against Sessions dismissed

Conference leaders conclude church law doesn’t apply to ‘political actions’ by the U.S. attorney general.
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Order ending family separations welcomed

Still, United Methodists cautioned that details of any policy shift are important and stressed that the executive order isn’t enough.