Book of Discipline

Social Concerns
Newly ordained deacons lead the benediction at the end of the ordination service during the New York Annual Conference meeting at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. From left are the Revs. Arletha (Lisa) Miles Boyce, Lea A. Matthews and Janet L. Cox. Matthews says she sees her ministry as a helping hand to marginalized people in the world, including LGBTQ people like herself and her wife. Photo by Stephanie Parsons, NYAC.

LGBTQ deacon ordained by New York Conference

The Rev. Lea Matthews says her ordination was a day of joy, but not without difficulty. She is the latest LGBTQ person to be ordained in The United Methodist Church.
Social Concerns
The ordination and commissioning service at the Northern Illinois Conference at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The conference ordained two deacons and seven elders, including an openly transgender deacon. Four were commissioned as provisional deacons, including two openly LGBTQ candidates. Two candidates were commissioned as provisional elders. Video image courtesy of Northern Illinois Conference livestream.

Two US conferences ordain, commission LGBTQ clergy

Defying the 2019 General Conference votes, at least two U.S. conferences featured the ordination or commissioning of openly transgender and LBGTQ candidates.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Andy Oliver. Photo courtesy of Allendale United Methodist Church.

No resolution yet in same-sex wedding complaint

Efforts to reach a resolution in the complaint against a Florida pastor who performed the ceremony in March are continuing.
General Church
The Revs. Anna Blaedel and Alex da Silva Souto officiate at a communion service concluding the Our Movement Forward conference. The event was geared toward starting a new Methodist movement centered on the voices of people of color and LGBTQ individuals. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

Summit plans inclusive Methodist movement

Some 350 U.S. United Methodists gathered May 17-18 to discuss what a new Methodist expression centered on the marginalized might look like.

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