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Faithfully Forward

By Rob Renfroe- If the Western Jurisdiction wanted to create a schism within The United Methodist Church, its delegates could not have devised a better plan than their recent election of the Rev. Karen Oliveto to serve as a bishop of the UM ...

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The Martyr’s Invitation

By Steve Beard- “Jacques, you were a faithful disciple of Jesus.” If he were given the opportunity to overhear the proceedings at his own funeral, these are the words that Father Jacques Hamel would have been most pleased to hear. They were ...

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West Elects Oliveto

The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, senior minister of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, has been elected as a bishop by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. She is the first openly married lesbian to be elected ...

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Married Lesbian Consecrated as United Methodist Bishop

By Kathy Gilbert, UMNS- The first time she stood and faced a packed church as the newest bishop of the Western Jurisdiction, Karen Phyllis Oliveto was blessed with a resounding standing ovation. On July 16, the pews at Paradise Valley United ...

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Annual Conferences Declare Non-Compliance

By Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS- The United Methodist Church declares “the practice of homosexuality incompatible with Christian teaching.” The Book of Discipline bars openly gay or lesbian people who are not celibate from being ordained or becoming ...

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Methodism’s Crossroads

  A Message from the UMC Africa Initiative We have been following the events and activities of the five jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church with mixed emotions and serious concerns about the future of our beloved church. We ...

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Wesleyan Covenant Initiative Launched

WCA Press Release The newly launched Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is a membership-driven initiative to link congregations, clergy persons, and laity to “promote the ministry of the gospel from a Wesleyan theological perspective within The ...

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In the News

Endorse A Statement to the Council of Bishops from Faithful United Methodists

With the election of the Rev. Karen Oliveto as a bishop of The United Methodist Church, a pastor who is married to another woman and therefore unqualified to assume the office, it is clear to most ...

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Large, Fast Growing UM Church Decides to Withhold Apportionments

By Walter Fenton- Evangelical United Methodist Church (EUMC), one of the denomination's fastest growing large churches, has decided to withhold paying its annual conference and general church ...

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Bishops Void “Non-Conformity” Resolutions

By Thomas Lambrecht When the New England Annual Conference passed a resolution at its recent gathering in defiance of the standards of the global United Methodist Church regarding ordination and ...

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Complaint Dismissed Against Openly Gay Clergywoman in Iowa

By Walter Fenton- Bishop Julius Trimble has dismissed a complaint filed against a United Methodist clergywoman who announced during a plenary session of the 2016 Iowa Annual Conference, "I am a ...

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Jerry Kulah to Address at WCA Chicago Gathering

The Rev. Jerry Kulah, West Africa Central Conference Coordinator of the UMC Africa Initiative and the dean of the Gbarnga School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary in Liberia, is set to speak at ...

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Jessica LaGrone’s Invitation to the Wesleyan Covenant Association

"During this time of uncertainty and chaos in our church the Wesleyan Covenant Association is a fresh voice of hope,” says the Rev. Jessica LaGrone, Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary ...

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Chris Ritter’s Critical Analysis of “Big Tent Methodism”

The United Methodist News Service recently published a commentary by Glen Alton Messer II arguing that United Methodism encompasses "many theologies . . . united under 'one big tent.'" Our friend the ...

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