History

Bishops
Dr. David W. Scott. Photo © Hector Amador.

United Methodist bishops in global perspective

The lack of regional decision-making authority in the U.S. United Methodist conferences caused the recent dilemma over not being able to hold episcopal elections.
Church Leadership
The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr. speaks during a meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Historical Society in 1983. Yrigoyen, who served as top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, died May 9. He was 84. Photo courtesy of Archives and History.

Charles Yrigoyen remembered as pastor and scholar

The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr., a leading United Methodist historian, oversaw the denomination’s Commission on Archives and History for nearly 24 years. He died at age 84.
Theology and Education
Dr. David W. Scott. Photo © Hector Amador.

Autonomy, international division mark United Methodist tradition

The recent move by United Methodists in Bulgaria and Romania to leave the denomination is the latest in a history of separations within the Methodist tradition.
Church History
Elizabeth Upham Yates became the first woman to run for high state office following the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Yates was one of the earliest women in the Methodist Episcopal Church to receive a license to preach. Photo from the 1917 publication, “Rhode Island’s Suffrage Prestige,” courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ask The UMC: Pioneers in Methodism — Elizabeth Yates

Elizabeth Upham Yates was one of the first Methodist women granted a license to preach, a pioneering Methodist missionary in China, among the first women elected to serve as delegates to a General Conference, and a champion for women's suffrage.

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