United Methodist Church

Why schism? United Methodist leaders explain proposal to split the denomination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 13, 2020

(RNS) — Participants offered a behind-the-scenes look at how they arrived at a proposal, announced earlier this month, that would allow conservative United Methodist churches and conferences to split from the denomination over their beliefs barring LGBTQ United Methodists from ordination and marriage.

Why United Methodist Church’s plan for separation is good for everyone

By Carolyn Moore — January 13, 2020

(RNS) — For too long, United Methodists have been merely coexisting, without community, and too many congregations have grown accustomed to a theological ambiguity that dishonors our heritage.

Why Jewish mediator Kenneth Feinberg wants to save the United Methodist Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 10, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I thought that the church and what it stands for and its impact on the day-to-day lives of people was important and that we should step up and try and preserve that, which hopefully we’ve done,’ says Feinberg.

United Methodist #MeToo complaint against Bud Heckman settled

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 3, 2020

(RNS) — A United Methodist clergyman accused of sexual misconduct has ‘retired under complaint,’ ending the denomination’s judicial process against the Rev. Donald ‘Bud’ Heckman.

United Methodist leaders propose plan to split church over LGBTQ ordination, marriage

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 3, 2020

(RNS) — Bishops and representatives of a number of United Methodist groups have announced a proposed agreement to split the United Methodist Church.

RNS reporters look ahead at 2020

By Religion News Service — January 2, 2020

(RNS) — As we enter the new year, we asked Religion News Service’s reporters to give us a glimpse into the stories they’ll be following in 2020.

A Dallas United Methodist church will end 2019 affirming all marriage vows

By Yonat Shimron — December 20, 2019

(RNS) — Ahead of a denominational clampdown on ordination and marriage beginning Jan. 1, First United Methodist Church of Dallas will take the bold step of closing 2019 with a service reaffirming marriage vows — both heterosexual and same-sex.

SMU sued as it moves to cut ties with United Methodist Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 6, 2019

(RNS) — Southern Methodist University has moved to cut ties with the United Methodist Church after the denomination voted to strengthen rules barring LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination earlier this year.

Can we find a new meaning in the word evangelical?

By Jason Byassee — November 12, 2019

(RNS) — On a visit to evangelical churches in the heart of red America not long ago, I found hope to think “evangelical” can mean something besides what web trolls and Trump-supporting preachers have turned it into.

UMC’s Western Jurisdiction announces ‘safe harbor’ for LGBTQ clergy

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 6, 2019

(RNS) — The Safe Harbor Declaration comes months before new restrictions strengthening the United Methodist Church’s ban on the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members are set to take effect on Jan. 1.

Dissent from Traditional Plan dominates United Methodists’ top court meeting

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 2, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — Many of the requests before the Judicial Council this past week had to do with actions recently passed by various regional annual conferences across the country dissenting to the Traditional Plan approved in February.

United Methodist clergyman accused of sexual misconduct, says UMNS report

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 17, 2019

(RNS) — Four women have accused the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman — a United Methodist elder who is well known in interfaith circles — of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse, according to the United Methodist News Service.

United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 19, 2019

(RNS) — The most likely proposals provide for dissenting congregations to exit the denomination, while retaining ties to United Methodist support organizations. 

A United Methodist group proposes a denominational breakup

By Yonat Shimron — August 15, 2019

(RNS) — The plan would allow the United Methodist Church to create a new, fully independent body for more conservative or traditional churches and possibly another body for its most liberal wing.

United Methodist Church scraps plans to host General Conference in the Philippines

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 13, 2019

(RNS) — Plans for a meeting in the Philippines are off because space was not available for the full two weeks needed to host the gathering of United Methodists from around the world.

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