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Social Concerns
Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala helps lead a worship service sponsored by the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Nhanala spoke about having to deal with sexism in the church during the commission’s virtual women’s leadership summit Oct. 8-10, 2020. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Forging stronger ties as women of faith

United Methodist clergy and laywomen envision something bigger as they celebrate sisterhood, build relationships and share experiences of sexism.
General Church
United Methodist Bishop Tracy Smith Malone (left) and Dawn Wiggins Hare celebrate an amendment to the denomination’s constitution that proclaims “men and women are of equal value in the eyes of God.” Ratification of the amendment was announced during the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Church ratifies women's equality amendment

The amendment received a revote because what was originally sent to annual conference voters contained incorrect wording.
General Church
United Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana (left foreground) is embraced by Thomas Kemper, head of the Board of Global Ministries, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, after Chandiwana was released from a detention center and allowed to leave the country. 2018 file photo courtesy of Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries.

United Methodist agencies: 2018 was productive year

The denomination’s agencies also share priorities for 2019.
Human Sexuality
In a skit for Do No Harm 2018, Paul Ballard plays "Pastor John" and the Rev. Sally Bevill plays "Sally," two fictional characters whose counseling session crosses into romance. Ballard and Bevill joined others from the Mississippi Conference in staging the short drama, aimed at prompting discussion about sexual misconduct in the church. Do No Harm is The United Methodist Church's every-few-years sexual ethics summit, and this year's was held in San Antonio. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Timing right for sexual ethics summit

With #MeToo movement as backdrop, The United Methodist Church's Do No Harm conference draws engaged crowd.

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