General Church
Messages of support for LGBTQ students cover the United Methodist cross and flame in a hallway at the Boston School of Theology after the special General Conference voted to affirm and strengthen the denomination’s rules against gay clergy and same-sex weddings. Photo by Anastasia Kidd, Boston School of Theology.

Seminary leaders stress inclusiveness after GC2019

Leaders of most U.S. United Methodist theological schools say the passing of the Traditional Plan won’t change their policies of inclusion.
Mission and Ministry
Saint Paul School of Theology, based at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kans., is celebrating that it's no longer on probation with its accrediting agency. Photo courtesy Saint Paul School of Theology.

Better report cards for 2 UM seminaries

Accrediting agencies lift sanctions after finding improvements at Saint Paul and Claremont.
Mission and Ministry
Claremont School of Theology students join in a campus worship service. The financially embattled United Methodist seminary continues to point toward a relocation from Claremont, Calif., to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Photo courtesy Claremont School of Theology.

Update: Ruling on seminary appealed

Ruling that would have eased Claremont School of Theology move to Oregon appealed.
Theology and Education
The Rev. Deepak Holkar offers greetings at Tonica United Methodist Church in Tonica, Ill., where he’s a licensed local pastor. Holkar attends Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on an Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship. The financial aid has allowed him to study full-time toward his goal of getting a Master of Divinity degree and becoming a United Methodist elder. Photo courtesy of Deepak Holkar.

Scholarship program takes aim at seminary debt

Survey shows results from financial aid provided by United Methodist coalition and Lilly Foundation.

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