General Church
The singing of "This Little Light of Mine" opens a Feb. 22 gathering on the eve of the 2019 General Conference that featured openly gay delegates and others supporting full inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jay Williams (center) led the singing and also moderated a panel discussion. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

LGBTQ voices heard at pre-GC event

Forum features openly gay delegates assessing One Church Plan and other legislative options.
General Church
Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Court voids 2016 rule for bishops outside U.S.

Among decisions by United Methodist Judicial Council during a February session is voiding an action by General Conference 2016.
Mission and Ministry
Students from the University of Zimbabwe sit with secondary school-level students in a classroom at Mashambanhaka Secondary Mission School. The college students are part of the United Methodist-supported ministry, Partners for Success, that is mentoring more than 250 younger students. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.

Zimbabwe students motivate others through partners for success

Inspired by a Maryland congregation’s generosity, young adults share their academic success with secondary students.
Human Sexuality
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling preaches on unity during worship at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 30. Photo by Tony Richards.

Bishop rules two LGBTQ clergy candidates ineligible

Baltimore-Washington bishop rules two clergy candidates are not eligible because they are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.”

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