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250 years later, Methodists reflect on Francis Asbury’s mission, legacy

By Adelle M. Banks — November 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘For many years he visited nearly every state once a year and traveled more extensively across the American landscape than probably any person of his day,’ said an Asbury biographer.

For 250th anniversary of Asbury crossing, a tour of America’s historic Methodist churches

By Kit Doyle and Emily McFarlan Miller — October 22, 2021
(RNS) — Religion News Service selected a variety of historic Methodist churches to highlight during the 250th anniversary of Francis Asbury's arrival in America.

250 years ago, Methodism came to the US. These 3 churches show how it spread.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 22, 2021
(RNS) — Here is a glimpse of how Methodism spread after Francis Asbury’s arrival, told through the stories of three historic churches across the country.

Catholic, Protestant groups support commission on US Indian boarding school policy

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 4, 2021
(RNS) — US Senator Elizabeth Warren and the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus reintroduced the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act on Sept. 30, which many observed as a National Day of Remembrance for US Boarding Schools.

On day of remembrance, churches confront their role in Indigenous boarding schools

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 30, 2021
CHICAGO (RNS) — Several US mainline denominations — including the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church — encouraged their members to observe a day of remembrance for US Indian boarding schools on Sept. 30.

United Methodist leaders urge churches to end Boy Scout charters for now

By Adelle M. Banks — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — The United Methodist Church estimated that as many as 5,000 of its congregations remain exposed to potential lawsuits.

Bishop responds after former American University chaplain accused of misconduct

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — A former campus minister and university chaplain at American University in Washington, D.C., has surrendered his clergy credentials after he reportedly admitted to allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

By Peter Smith — July 23, 2021
(AP) — The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted calls for a reckoning over similar schools in the United States.

UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Community of Hope was founded in 1993 as an outreach to ‘people on the margin,’ including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS, according to its former pastor.

United Methodist conference seizes church assets in dispute

By Associated Press — July 15, 2021
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The North Georgia Conference and the leadership at the conservative Mount Bethel church have been in a dispute for months.

In a new documentary, Will Willimon puts his preaching toolbox to the test

By Yonat Shimron — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — In ‘A Will to Preach,’ one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, according to a Baylor University survey, shows how a master craftsman approaches the task.

Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

By Ryan Burge — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — Skirmishes over race and gender pit conservatives against ultraconservatives.

‘Green fluff’ brings the taste of church potlucks home during a pandemic year

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Like a church lady hug,’ green fluff and its many-hued counterparts have been a church potluck staple for generations.

Liz Cheney, ousted from party leadership, invokes pope and the ‘power of faith’

By Jack Jenkins — May 12, 2021
(RNS) — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney made appeals to public and personal faith in trying to forestall her removal from House leadership.

United Methodist pastor’s podcast ‘Cross Over Q’ challenges QAnon, comforts its victims

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — In the first episode of his podcast, Vicar Derek Kubilus describes QAnon as ‘the most violent and dangerous Christian heresy to come along this century.’
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