Book of Discipline

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.
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.
General Church
Church leaders gather for the opening of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

What comes after GC2020 petitions deadline

The denomination’s top lawmaking body will see multiple options for the church’s future. But preparing takes months.
General Church
Sara Hotchkiss, General Conference business manager, speaks to the Commission on General Conference during its meeting at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

What to expect at General Conference 2020

Organizers are making some changes they hope will address issues arising from the 2019 General Conference.

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