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The United Methodist Church won a moral victory – in a way – when Associated Press (AP) announced that it was changing its stylebook to stop sanctioning the use of the term “illegal immigrant.” Methodists began their “Drop the I-Word” campaign in December 2010 to end the use of the word “illegal” to describe undocumented […] Read More

CLEVELAND (RNS) Hundreds of United Methodists are meeting in Huron, Ohio, this week in an uphill bid to make their 12 million-member denomination more gay-friendly. Activists are gearing up for next year’s General Conference meeting in Tampa, Fla., where they plan to fight once again to change the church’s official position that homosexual activity is […] Read More

United Methodist Church leaders sent a letter to the ranking members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security opposing the altering of the DREAM Act urged by a Southern Baptist Convention official. “You have recently received encouragement from other religious leaders to pass an altered DREAM Act that would limit […] Read More

(RNS) A United Methodist minister was suspended for 20 days by a church court in Wisconsin on Thursday (June 23) for performing a same-sex union in 2009, a breach of denominational rules. A 13-member jury of local United Methodist clergy voted 9-4 to suspend the Rev. Amy DeLong, 44, of Osceola, Wis., according to gay […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) A United Methodist agency has withdrawn its endorsement from this weekend’s One Nation Working Together rally here, an event that has drawn support from religious progressive groups. In a Friday (Oct. 1) announcement, the General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church said it had become “disturbed by some of […] Read More