United Methodist Church

New video captures sexist comments to women ministers — read by male counterparts

By Yonat Shimron — June 20, 2019

(RNS) — ‘I keep picturing you naked under your robe,’ said one congregant to his female minister.

Adam Hamilton on ‘Methodists in the middle’ and what’s next for the denomination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 4, 2019

(RNS) — As the United Methodist Church has spent decades wrestling over the inclusion of its LGBTQ members, the Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the largest United Methodist church in the United States, has emerged, as one local radio station put it, as ‘the Pied Piper for Methodists in the middle.’

Protesting Methodist LGBTQ policy, confirmation class takes a pass

By Yonat Shimron — April 29, 2019

(RNS) — Eight teenagers who make up this year’s confirmation class stood before the congregation on Confirmation Sunday (April 28) and read a letter saying they do not want to join the church at this time.

United Methodist court upholds Traditional Plan’s ban on LGBTQ clergy, same sex marriage

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 26, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — Seven of the 17 petitions that made up the Traditional Plan are unconstitutional and will not be added with the others to the United Methodist Church’s rulebook.

Why United Methodists are watching the results of a denominational court meeting

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 23, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — What might United Methodists’ top court decide this week about the Traditional Plan, and what would that mean for the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States?

What to do about ordination? A gay divinity school student ponders her future

By Yonat Shimron — April 23, 2019

DURHAM (RNS) — Dozens of LGBTQ United Methodist seminary students will graduate next month from the 13 schools affiliated with the denomination. Like Spencer Cullom, who is a lesbian, they face an uncertain future.

US Methodists plot ways to resist new LGBT rules

By Yonat Shimron — April 3, 2019

(RNS) — On Thursday (April 4), a group of 30 clergy, bishops and activists led by megachurch pastor Adam Hamilton will gather in Decatur, Ga., to strategize a future for those churches that cannot remain in a denomination that denies LGBT rights.

Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote

By Jack Jenkins — March 15, 2019

(RNS) — Church officials say they are concerned about the possibility that improper votes were cast.

The ’Splainer: What happened at the United Methodist General Conference?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 7, 2019

(RNS) — What does the Traditional Plan actually do, and what happens now? Let us ’Splain …

How denominations split: Lessons for Methodists from Baptist battles of the ’80s

By Nancy T. Ammerman — March 5, 2019

(RNS) — Now that the Methodists have reached the precipice, the very complicated organizational work of division has to get underway, and one thing is sure: Nothing will happen quickly.

Grieving, but not leaving, the United Methodist Church

By James C. Howell — March 1, 2019

(RNS) — A general conference isn’t the church, the way a restaurant chain’s board of directors meeting isn’t a family enjoying dinner.

Why a Southern Baptist is watching the United Methodists

By Alex Ward — March 1, 2019

(RNS) — Evangelical churches, the Southern Baptist Church included, should be mindful of the growing support among their younger members on questions of human sexuality.

‘In this to the end’: LGBT United Methodists express hurt, hope after vote

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 28, 2019

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — After a wrenching three days of deliberations and spending $3.7 million to organize a special conference of its global church, the UMC has only marginally more more clarity on its future than when the meeting began.

United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriage

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 26, 2019

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Tuesday to strengthen the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ people.

Bishop Will Willimon on why no plan can unite United Methodists

By Yonat Shimron — February 26, 2019

(RNS) — “There are people, left and right, who just say, ‘This is it. We’ve waited. We’ve watched. We’ve tried. And now we can’t stay,'” said the retired bishop. “To me, that’s the story, more than which plan passes.”

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