theology

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
Seminary students ask questions during a briefing at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. A new study looks at the sustainability and contributions of the 13 United Methodist seminaries in the U.S. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Study asks: Are 13 seminaries sustainable?

A new study examines what the 13 United Methodist seminaries contribute and how they fit in the ecosystem of U.S. theological education.
General Church
The Revs. Mike Slaughter (front) and Adam Hamilton speak in favor of legislation during the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The two are part of Uniting Methodists, which is urging delegates at 2019 General Conference to delay until 2020 passing an exit plan for churches. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Group urges GC2019 to defer exit plans

The Uniting Methodists, an unofficial advocacy group, is urging delegates to refer all exit plan petitions to the 2020 General Conference.
Mission and Ministry
Gilbert Hanke, top staff executive of United Methodist Men. 2012 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: There is danger when there is gender imbalance

The role of all men and all women within The United Methodist Church is to be disciples who make more disciples, writes Gilbert C. Hanke of United Methodist Men.

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