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Judge dismisses lawsuit by 36 United Methodist churches

By Yonat Shimron — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — The North Carolina churches sued in state courts to leave a denomination they view as having strayed from its theological moorings on LGBTQ issues.

For United Methodists’ top court, 2024 is the new 2020

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — Three of the most recent decisions released by the Judicial Council dealt with resolutions that annual and jurisdictional conferences have approved regarding the denomination’s stance on LGBTQ inclusion.

Meet the organization preserving and promoting the stories of Black Methodists

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 1, 2023
(RNS) — After funding from the United Methodist Church General Conference ended and in-person events were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAMHC is looking for donations in order to continue its work.

Memphis teen 1 of 2 charged in church leader’s 2022 killing

By Adrian Sainz — March 1, 2023
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In July 2022, a prominent United Methodist Church leader in Memphis, Tennessee, was found in the driveway of her home with gunshot wounds.

Bishop Scott Jones moves from ‘extreme center’ of UMC to new Global Methodist Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 27, 2023
(RNS) — He isn't the first bishop to leave the United Methodist Church for the fledgling conservative denomination. But his exit has arguably caused the greatest stir.

Nikki Haley says she’s Christian, but it’s complicated

By Khyati Y. Joshi — February 16, 2023
(RNS) — Dogged by questions about her faith, what is she trying to prove?

Why students at a Kentucky Christian school are praying and singing round the clock

By Bob Smietana — February 14, 2023
(RNS) — Students have packed the chapel and overflow spaces at Asbury University for nearly a week, holding round-the-clock prayer and worship.

US Hispanic Protestant churches are young, growing and largely new to the country

By Alejandra Molina — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — 'We see more and more English-speaking churches either planting a Hispanic church or adding a service in Spanish to their current congregation,' said Giancarlo Montemayor with Lifeway Recursos.

‘Not a real schism’: Four years later, UMC exodus less a gush, more a trickle

By Yonat Shimron and Emily McFarlan Miller — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — An analysis of departing churches suggests the country’s second-largest Protestant denomination will be weakened, but it is unlikely to break.

South Carolina’s largest UMC church set to leave denomination

By Yonat Shimron — January 9, 2023
(RNS) — Mt. Horeb is one of several large churches in the United Methodist Church that have either voted to leave or are about to.

RNS reporters on the big religion stories they expect to cover in 2023

By RNS staff — December 30, 2022
(RNS) — From psychedelics to Christian nationalism, a look at what's ahead for religion in the coming year.

The most significant religion stories of 2022

By RNS staff — December 29, 2022
(RNS) — Faith communities and organizations were at the center of some of the year's most indelible moments.

UMC’s North Georgia Conference blocks church departures

By Kathryn Post and Emily McFarlan Miller — December 28, 2022
(RNS) — The regional body is alleging the spread of “defamatory” misinformation about the UMC and its disaffiliation procedure.

Some churches leave UMC through formal process; others are suing

By Yonat Shimron — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — Legal action — or the threat of legal action — represents a new strategy on behalf of churches that want to leave the 6.4 million-member United Methodist Church.

United Methodist Church announces date, location for thrice-postponed General Conference

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 7, 2022
(RNS) — The next General Conference will be held April 23 to May 3, 2024, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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