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With a difference of only 54 votes, United Methodists chose to continue to enforce its ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage, placing the divided denomination at a crossroads. […] Read More

John Wesley could be a pain. He was dogmatic, opinionated, partisan and stubbornly hard to shift from what he believed was the central ground of Christian faith. But that made him neither an exclusive nor a separatist from other Christians. In 1749, he preached a sermon titled “The Catholic Spirit” based on 2 Kings 10:15. […] Read More

WILMINGTON (RNS) William McNeill remembers two things about sitting in the pew at Singletary United Methodist Church in Dublin, N.C. as a boy. He can still hear the choir singing the old gospel hymn “Bringing in the Sheaves,” which the young McNeill thought was actually “Bringing in the Sheeps.” The other is closely tied in […] Read More

(RNS) A list of the Episcopal Church’s 75 commissions, committees, agencies and boards spilled over eight PowerPoint slides during a recent presentation by its new chief operating officer, Bishop Stacy Sauls. By his count, there are also nearly 50 departments and offices in the church’s New York headquarters, and 46 committees in its legislative body, […] Read More

(RNS) United Methodists will begin a trial Tuesday (June 21) against a Wisconsin minister who’s accused of breaking church rules by celebrating a same-sex marriage and being in a lesbian relationship. The Rev. Amy DeLong, 44, of Osceola, Wis., could be defrocked if the 13-member jury composed of local clergy finds her guilty of either […] Read More

(BIRMINGHAM) A new Alabama law that makes it a crime to offer rides to undocumented immigrants is the “meanest” immigration law in the country, according to a United Methodist bishop and respected theologian. Bishop William Willimon of the North Alabama Conference called the bill, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, an […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Methodist hurricane-recovery ministry that funneled nearly 68,000 hammer-wielding volunteers into metro New Orleans until it essentially ran out of money has reinvented itself—by asking volunteers to pitch in $225 to spend a week repairing houses. And the volunteers are still coming. Some were in Covington, La., recently, putting up drywall for […] Read More

Church members in Nashville, Tenn., are watching’s latest documentary as they discuss faith and taxes. Members of the adult Sunday school class at Edgehill United Methodist Church near downtown Nashville are watching “Sacred Texts, Social Duty” as part of a five-week series on the relationship of faith to taxation. “Sacred Texts, Social Duty” was […] Read More

(RNS) The Rev. James Howell knew he had a problem on his hands when several teenagers arrived at a church dance drunk and had to be taken from the church by ambulance for treatment for alcohol poisoning. Starting in 2009, he urged his flock at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., to give […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The United Methodist Church’s public policy agency can advocate on causes beyond alcoholism and temperance without violating the terms of its endowment, a District of Columbia judge ruled on Wednesday (Oct. 6). Superior Court Judge Rhonda Reid Winston’s decision is the latest twist in a long-running debate in the UMC about how its […] Read More