United Methodist Women Making History

In 1987, the U.S. Congress designated the month of March as Women's History Month. United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, both lay and clergy, in The United Methodist Church to share their stories.

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Bishop Christian Alsted and The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai direct the Connectional Table’s discussion about the special session of General Conference, held at Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tenn., April 3. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Connectional Table ponders role post-GC2019

As conversations happen across The United Methodist Church about possible denominational splits, Connectional Table members say they can be a conversation partner.
The Rev. Donald W. Haynes Photo courtesy of Donald W. Haynes.

Commentary: Pacification or passion and prejudice

A retired clergyman reflects on what lessons the slavery debate at the 1840 and 1844 General Conferences might offer for the legislative assembly in St. Louis.
The Rev. Alfred T. Fred Day III gives a history of the founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Church May 17 during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: Kennedy telegram provides reminder from past

The top executive of the church’s Commission on Archives and History considers a telegram from Sen. Robert Kennedy about the United Conference and wonders how history might look back on the 2019 General Conference.