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1 - Police make arrest in pastor’s slaying
2 - Ruling opens door for bishop elections in 2022
3 - Ministry helping sexual violence survivors honored with award
4 - Autonomy, international division mark United Methodist tradition
5 - Asking the hard questions about race
6 - Churches condemn hate, urge action after shootings
7 - More church support for African agriculture
8 - Charles Yrigoyen remembered as pastor and scholar
9 - Where do Korean Americans stand?
10 - Let’s love our neighbors
11 - Association of Korean Churches discerns its uncertain future
12 - GC2016 tackling 44-year stance revised
13 - Church court: Conferences can’t exit unilaterally
14 - Traditionalist group not going away
15 - Black leaders discuss church future
16 - Lawson Institute advances nonviolence work
17 - Influencing from the edge
18 - United Methodists urged to relaunch their church
19 - Mission school alumnus gives students a boost
20 - What happens when a new denomination launches?
21 - Bishops urged to work for 'big-tent' church
22 - She ‘dared to stand up for women of color’
23 - Postponing General Conference may be a good thing
24 - 2022 Liberia Annual Conference
25 - 2022 Hungary Provisional Conference
26 - Report released on church’s net-zero efforts
27 - Church court faces resolutions on LGBTQ inclusion
28 - The church in Europe stands together
29 - Zimbabwe United Methodists share bounty
30 - Churches gear up for Easter revival
31 - Ukrainians may be moved from Russian bishop's area
32 - Hypertension campaign saves lives in Congo
33 - Bulgaria-Romania United Methodists vote to leave
34 - 2022 Kenya-Ethiopia Annual Conference
35 - 2022 Rwanda Provisional Annual Conference
36 - Full communion plans with Episcopalians on hold
37 - Pastor puts on musical about Simon of Cyrene
38 - United Methodists pass plate for Ukraine
39 - Stress, burnout afflicting pastors
40 - Will Smith, Chris Rock and violence
41 - Kenyan police chaplain connects communities
1 - Police make arrest in pastor’s slaying

The Rev. Marita Y. Harrell, a United Methodist pastor in Atlanta, was stabbed to death earlier this week, and police have arrested a suspect and obtained warrants for murder and arson.

5/20/2022 2:30:20 PM

2 - Ruling opens door for bishop elections in 2022

The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that the Council of Bishops has the authority to call jurisdictional conferences to elect and assign new U.S. episcopal leaders but not to change the date when those new bishops take office.

5/20/2022 10:15:51 AM

3 - Ministry helping sexual violence survivors honored with award

Kit Evans-Ford, one of the Wesleyan Investive Tom Locke Award winners for 2022, started an organization to employ female survivors of sexual violence.

5/19/2022 11:40:13 AM

4 - Autonomy, international division mark United Methodist tradition

The recent move by United Methodists in Bulgaria and Romania to leave the denomination is the latest in a history of separations within the Methodist tradition.

5/18/2022 3:34:47 PM

5 - Asking the hard questions about race

A native of Puerto Rico, the Rev. Giovanni Arroyo knows firsthand what it’s like to be a minority in America, and that experience informs the way he pursues his mission as The United Methodist Church’s point person on inclusion.

5/18/2022 11:24:00 AM

6 - Churches condemn hate, urge action after shootings

After what officials quickly identified as a white supremacist attack in Buffalo, New York, United Methodists are responding with prayers and calls to do the hard work of addressing racism. United Methodists also are responding to a mass shooting at a California church.

5/16/2022 6:04:54 PM

7 - More church support for African agriculture

During a virtual meeting of United Methodist Global Ministries, church leaders voted to continue supporting the Bishop Yambasu Agricultural Initiative and other long-term priorities, such as global health, disaster response and migrant workers.

5/16/2022 12:01:00 PM

8 - Charles Yrigoyen remembered as pastor and scholar

The Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr., a leading United Methodist historian, oversaw the denomination’s Commission on Archives and History for nearly 24 years. He died at age 84.

5/13/2022 12:52:43 PM

9 - Where do Korean Americans stand?

Asian Americans often confront implicit bias in questions like “Where are you really from?” Susan Sungsil Kim has crafted responses to such questions that stand up for her rights while also providing an educational opportunity to those who ask.

5/13/2022 11:06:00 AM

10 - Let’s love our neighbors

Growing up in a traditionalist church but now on staff at a reconciling congregation, Kendra Weddle feels there is room at the table for everyone.

5/12/2022 11:09:00 AM

11 - Association of Korean Churches discerns its uncertain future

In the first in-person annual gathering of the Association of Korean Churches in The United Methodist Church, several panelists questioned whether the church’s membership decline could be attributed to a lack of spiritual renewal and its long-standing conflict over homosexuality.

5/12/2022 11:07:00 AM

12 - GC2016 tackling 44-year stance revised

5/12/2022 10:53:24 AM

13 - Church court: Conferences can’t exit unilaterally

The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that current church law does not allow annual conferences in the U.S. to withdraw from the denomination.

5/10/2022 1:30:01 PM

14 - Traditionalist group not going away

The Wesleyan Covenant Association took the lead in creating the new Global Methodist Church, but WCA leaders say their organization needs to keep fighting for churches wanting to leave The United Methodist Church.

5/9/2022 2:52:07 PM

15 - Black leaders discuss church future

Speakers at the 55th General Meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal were leery of what a possible splintering of The United Methodist Church will mean for Black churches, based partially on the results of past mergers and splits.

5/6/2022 10:39:00 AM

16 - Lawson Institute advances nonviolence work

The nonviolent activism strategies pioneered by the Rev. James Lawson will be bolstered by an institute at Vanderbilt University named in his honor. The United Methodist pastor will act as “spiritual adviser.”

5/4/2022 11:16:59 AM

17 - Influencing from the edge

Tom Locke is retiring after nearly 30 years of leading the Texas Methodist Foundation, which under him has grown hugely in assets and become a catalyst for innovative church leadership.

5/3/2022 11:07:00 AM

18 - United Methodists urged to relaunch their church

While acknowledging the start of a breakaway denomination, new Council of Bishops President Thomas Bickerton shared his hopes for a revived United Methodist Church. Among those leaving for the new denomination is a fellow bishop.

5/2/2022 2:13:40 PM

19 - Mission school alumnus gives students a boost

Now a prominent businessman, Isaiah Musabayana launched a scholarship program for students at two United Methodist mission schools he attended in the mid-1980s.

4/29/2022 11:20:23 AM

20 - What happens when a new denomination launches?

The Global Methodist Church, a theologically conservative breakaway denomination, has set May 1 as its official start date. However, it will take time for any potential separations from The United Methodist Church to take place.

4/28/2022 11:06:58 AM

21 - Bishops urged to work for 'big-tent' church

In her final address as Council of Bishops president, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey urged as much unity as possible even as a new denomination plans to launch. The bishops also heard about the history of previous denominational separations.

4/26/2022 11:42:08 AM

22 - She ‘dared to stand up for women of color’

In 1952, two Black women quietly integrated Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee — two years before segregation in education was ruled unconstitutional. DeLaris Johnson Risher looks back on those days and her long career as an educator and deaconess.

4/25/2022 11:01:00 AM

23 - Postponing General Conference may be a good thing

Time can help when we seek to discern God’s will on difficult issues, and a review of Methodism’s history underscores that.

4/22/2022 10:54:00 AM

24 - 2022 Liberia Annual Conference

Feb. 9-13, Ganta City, Nimba County, Liberia

4/21/2022 12:13:58 PM

25 - 2022 Hungary Provisional Conference

April 7-10, Budapest

4/21/2022 12:10:57 PM

26 - Report released on church’s net-zero efforts

Church officials are maintaining a delicate balance between meeting the goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and running effective ministries that use energy. A one-year progress report was issued April 19.

4/20/2022 11:45:00 AM

27 - Church court faces resolutions on LGBTQ inclusion

The Judicial Council released four rulings, two related to conference resolutions about the status of LGBTQ people in the church.

4/19/2022 10:13:05 AM

28 - The church in Europe stands together

At its most recent meeting, the German United Methodist Church executive committee discussed ways that European United Methodist congregations can help in the face of the Ukrainian war.

4/18/2022 10:53:00 AM

29 - Zimbabwe United Methodists share bounty

Members of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area embrace the concept of “first fruits,” giving the initial produce of the harvest to God and the church.

4/18/2022 10:45:00 AM

30 - Churches gear up for Easter revival

Congregations prepare to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this year as COVID is at a low ebb and new research shows people’s increased interest in visiting a United Methodist church.

4/13/2022 5:01:00 PM

31 - Ukrainians may be moved from Russian bishop's area

Moscow-based Bishop Eduard Khegay strongly opposes an effort by some European United Methodists to move Ukraine-Moldova Provisional Annual Conference from his episcopal area.

4/13/2022 1:17:25 PM

32 - Hypertension campaign saves lives in Congo

A partnership among the North Katanga United Methodist Church, Harper Hill Global and others provides lifesaving information on how risky high blood pressure can be for pregnant women.

4/12/2022 11:00:00 AM

33 - Bulgaria-Romania United Methodists vote to leave

In a process objected to by their bishop, members of the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference voted unanimously to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church and join the Global Methodist Church.

4/11/2022 12:47:45 PM

34 - 2022 Kenya-Ethiopia Annual Conference

March 10-13 in Nairobi, Kenya

4/11/2022 11:42:26 AM

35 - 2022 Rwanda Provisional Annual Conference

Feb. 23-24, 2022

4/8/2022 1:33:07 PM

36 - Full communion plans with Episcopalians on hold

With General Conference delayed until 2024, Episcopalians are forgoing a vote on full communion until United Methodists vote on it first. One concern is the continuing United Methodist Church’s stance on LGBTQ inclusion.

4/8/2022 11:00:00 AM

37 - Pastor puts on musical about Simon of Cyrene

The Rev. Henry Masters continues his exploration of Black church history with a full-length musical about the African man compelled to carry Jesus’ cross.

4/7/2022 11:20:10 AM

38 - United Methodists pass plate for Ukraine

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, denomination members have been busy and creative raising funds for humanitarian aid, with the United Methodist Committee on Relief reporting targeted donations of more than $5 million.

4/5/2022 11:10:22 AM

39 - Stress, burnout afflicting pastors

The daily life of United Methodist pastors is getting more and more stressful, with COVID-19, racial unrest, natural disasters and a likely denominational split over sexuality taking a toll.

4/4/2022 11:00:00 AM

40 - Will Smith, Chris Rock and violence

When so much of the media we consume glorifies violence and revenge, it’s not surprising that we’re tempted to respond in the same way.

4/1/2022 2:37:37 PM

41 - Kenyan police chaplain connects communities

More than two decades ago, the Rev. Eliud Karanja established a United Methodist chaplaincy ministry in the police service in Nairobi. His work has led to a new chapel and school serving airport police and their families.

4/1/2022 11:00:00 AM

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