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Black pastor leads his white North Carolina church toward a fuller reckoning on race

By Yonat Shimron — December 7, 2020

SALISBURY, North Carolina (RNS) — In one of the most conservative cities in North Carolina, a United Methodist pastor gingerly approaches racial issues without alienating his flock.

Progressive United Methodists announce new denomination: Liberation Methodist Connexion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 30, 2020

(RNS) — Correct doctrine is less important to the new denomination than correct action, collaborators said during Sunday’s presentation.

William Bobby McClain, leader in United Methodist Church and civil rights movement, dies at 82

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

(RNS) — McClain was a pastor and professor who not only shaped the lives of the students he taught but also countless United Methodists with the creation of the groundbreaking hymnal ‘Songs of Zion’ and as an original member of the group that organized Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

COVID-19, food crisis give new life to ancient practice of gleaning

By Elizabeth E. Evans — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — In recent years, gleaning has made a comeback as a solution to the problems of persistent hunger and the lack of fresh produce options.

Texas United Methodists take up call to replace denomination’s logo over association with racist imagery

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — One of the United Methodist Church’s regional conferences has taken up the call to replace the denomination’s ‘Cross and Flame’ logo because of its association for many with the racist imagery of a burning cross.

Rev. Gil Caldwell, United Methodist civil rights and gay rights activist, dead at 86

By Adelle M. Banks — September 8, 2020

(RNS) — Caldwell said his application to Duke Divinity School was rejected in the mid-1950s because of his race. He visited the campus some 60 years later.

Black clergy testify to outrage and hope in demonstrations across Washington

By Jack Jenkins — June 15, 2020

(RNS) — Citing recent killings by police as well as the ravages of the pandemic, leaders of several faiths called on the government to take responsibility.

United Methodist bishops affirm protests, call members to pray twice daily for 8 minutes, 46 seconds

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 10, 2020

(RNS) — Bishops encouraged United Methodists to act to end racism by spending 8 minutes and 46 seconds in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and 8:46 p.m. each day for at least the next 30 days, among other things.

United Methodists reschedule meeting — and decision on splitting — to 2021

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 27, 2020

(RNS) — United Methodists plan to head to Minneapolis for their General Conference in 2021, where they will discuss the denomination’s future. The meeting was postponed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 delayed a United Methodist schism. But it has left LGBT members in limbo.

By Nathan Romo — May 20, 2020

(RNS) — The COVID-19 pandemic canceled a meeting that might have split the United Methodist Church. But the delay left LGBT United Methodists in limbo.

United Methodists would’ve met this week to consider a split. What are they doing instead?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 15, 2020

(RNS) — Many US United Methodist leaders see the delay as a blessing, allowing more time and cooler heads to consider a split. Others are concerned about ongoing damage after decades of debate over the role of LGBTQ Christians in the church.

The formal United Methodist schism is delayed. We can start sooner.

By Mark Tooley — April 29, 2020

(RNS) — With a vote postponed due to the coronavirus, we can still start moving toward a better Methodist future without endless battles.

United Methodist Church postpones General Conference amid coronavirus

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 18, 2020

(RNS) — The announcement came Wednesday (March 18) as the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference was notified the Minneapolis Convention Center is restricting all events at the venue through May 10.

United Methodist bishops ask church court to review proposal to split denomination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 12, 2020

(RNS) — If the court rules the plan is constitutional, delegates could take up the proposal, called ‘A Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation,’ at the United Methodist General Conference May 5-15 in Minneapolis.

Why mainline Protestants might fear COVID-19 the most

By Ryan Burge — March 11, 2020

(RNS) — If COVID-19 becomes a true global pandemic, it would deeply affect mainline Protestant churches, seven of which rank in the 10 religious traditions in the United States with the oldest, and therefore most vulnerable, members.

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