Women in UMC History

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Local Church
The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church, including its judicial process. A United Methodist clergyman who is prominent in interfaith work is facing that process after four women accused him of sexual misconduct. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Clergyman accused of sexual misconduct, abuse

The West Ohio Conference confirmed that the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman faces the strong likelihood of a church trial.
Local Church
United Methodist Women regional missionaries Elmira Sellu (third from left) and Finda Quiwa (fourth from left) hold a lock box that is part of a new loan program for women during a four-day training in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The microfinance project, funded by United Methodist Women, is one of two empowerment programs the Regional Missionary initiative launched in September. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Empowering women through entrepreneurship

United Methodist Women in Sierra Leone roll out unusual microfinance program and entrepreneurship training for women.
General Church
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

United Methodists behind closed doors

The United Methodist Church can be messy, but church law requires that nearly all meetings be open.