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1 - Racial diversity linked to church growth
2 - Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks
3 - Restructuring legislation gets a hearing
4 - When one's enemy becomes one's neighbor
5 - Clergyman takes on QAnon through podcast
6 - Celebrating and empowering women in Congo
7 - ‘You’ll ruin the neighborhood’
8 - Bishop Nhanala manages multiple crises
9 - ‘That's just the way it is.’
10 - Lingering pandemic enlivens Easter creativity
11 - Mission agency funds agriculture, refugee programs
12 - Black caucus: Racism still challenges church
13 - New budget must wait for General Conference
14 - Mission and leadership in the new United Methodism
15 - Black clergywomen’s stories offer insights into racism
16 - Judge rules for SMU over jurisdiction
17 - Closed-door meetings breed mistrust
18 - Bishops cancel May 8 General Conference
19 - Confronting racism as a lifelong journey
20 - Celebrating a trailblazer for women’s ministries
21 - Court clarifies decision on clergy session voting
22 - A Lenten call to reflect on human dignity
23 - 'When did we begin profiling in our neighborhood?'
24 - Delegates: Bishops' plan oversteps bounds
25 - Church leaders decry attacks against Asians
26 - Meharry provides vaccines and peace of mind
27 - Racism must go, but how to get there?
28 - Black clergywomen share challenges, rewards in new book
29 - Gospel music sparks hope amid COVID-19
30 - Clergy care a priority in pandemic year
31 - Army chaplain returns to his native South Korea to serve
32 - Dotson remembered for seeing all the people
33 - ‘Girls, Jesus is calling YOU!’
34 - Church helps drill more than 80 boreholes in Malawi
35 - It is time to separate
36 - Another GC2020 delay brings relief, chagrin
37 - A vision of new United Methodism
38 - Planned denomination gets name
39 - Church responds to chaplain's call to help soldiers
40 - Can a divided church serve a divided society?
41 - Discipleship's top executive dies of cancer
42 - General Conference postponed until 2022
43 - Church’s future again a hot topic
44 - Cyclone survivors receive new houses
45 - Delegates map out vision for church future
46 - Church grapples with resurgence of Ebola
47 - Church helps displaced in Central African Republic
48 - Book revisits pastor’s reticence on civil rights
1 - Racial diversity linked to church growth

A study of more than 20,000 United Methodist churches in the U.S. found that multiracial churches had higher worship attendance over time.

4/8/2021 1:19:53 PM

2 - Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks

Anonymous letters criticizing the appearance of its African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a “Do No Harm” campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church.

4/7/2021 8:21:01 AM

3 - Restructuring legislation gets a hearing

The drafters of the Christmas Covenant are leading webinars in the Philippines, Africa and Europe about their proposal for changing the denomination’s global structure.

4/6/2021 12:11:47 PM

4 - When one's enemy becomes one's neighbor

A traumatic childhood memory, repressed for 40 years, came back to force United Methodist deacon Constance Hastings to confront racism in her upbringing.

4/5/2021 1:34:19 PM

5 - Clergyman takes on QAnon through podcast

The Rev. Derek Kubilus lands on ‘60 Minutes’ after launching his own podcast about conspiracy theories.

4/5/2021 12:25:21 PM

6 - Celebrating and empowering women in Congo

United Methodist leaders roll out microcredit opportunities and training to help women and girls persevere during COVID-19 and conflict in the region.

3/31/2021 1:06:04 PM

7 - ‘You’ll ruin the neighborhood’

An African American woman recalls instances of racism while she and her husband were searching for housing in the 1950s and 1960s.

3/31/2021 12:41:31 PM

8 - Bishop Nhanala manages multiple crises

The first woman elected to the United Methodist episcopacy in Africa talks about the challenges that families, churches and communities are facing in Mozambique.

3/30/2021 12:06:09 PM

9 - ‘That's just the way it is.’

A pastor learned about segregation at an early age when she wanted to invite her entire class to her grade-school birthday pool party.

3/30/2021 11:19:08 AM

10 - Lingering pandemic enlivens Easter creativity

In this second year of the COVID-19 menace, United Methodist churches are embracing new ways to help people connect with Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

3/29/2021 1:52:28 PM

11 - Mission agency funds agriculture, refugee programs

Over three days of meetings, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approved allocations including $2 million for an agricultural fund honoring the late Bishop John K. Yambasu.

3/29/2021 12:50:39 PM

12 - Black caucus: Racism still challenges church

Holding its first virtual meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic, members of Black Methodists for Church Renewal discussed the “other” pandemic: racism.

3/26/2021 4:11:19 PM

13 - New budget must wait for General Conference

The United Methodist Church’s finance agency lacks authority to set new guidelines despite postponement of church’s top legislative gathering.

3/25/2021 1:51:49 PM

14 - Mission and leadership in the new United Methodism

Regionalizing its structure and electing gifted leaders as bishops will be key for The United Methodist Church of the future.

3/25/2021 12:00:34 PM

15 - Black clergywomen’s stories offer insights into racism

Women of color continue to encounter obstacles in ministry, but their experiences can also inspire all Christians to be more like Jesus.

3/24/2021 2:05:27 PM

16 - Judge rules for SMU over jurisdiction

The South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church is appealing a lower court loss in suit over who controls the Dallas school.

3/23/2021 2:03:32 PM

17 - Closed-door meetings breed mistrust

Too often, important decisions at the church’s highest levels are being made in closed sessions that violate church rules about transparency, says one General Conference delegate.

3/23/2021 11:47:13 AM

18 - Bishops cancel May 8 General Conference

At a March 22 meeting, the bishops decided it was not in the best interest of The United Methodist Church to hold the one-day virtual conference at this time.

3/22/2021 5:09:02 PM

19 - Confronting racism as a lifelong journey

Understanding and responding to racism began with a question in second grade.

3/22/2021 11:16:59 AM

20 - Celebrating a trailblazer for women’s ministries

United Methodist Joyce D. Sohl “never misses an opportunity to remind church women how much power God has given us and of our call to use that power.”

3/22/2021 10:40:00 AM

21 - Court clarifies decision on clergy session voting

With the United Methodist General Conference postponed twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Judicial Council clarifies a 2019 ruling ahead of annual conference sessions.

3/22/2021 10:10:19 AM

22 - A Lenten call to reflect on human dignity

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling invites United Methodists during daily prayer to open their hearts and arms to ensure the dignity of all people and affirm human rights around the world.

3/19/2021 11:12:49 AM

23 - 'When did we begin profiling in our neighborhood?'

A Black United Methodist pastor recalls incident when he was the victim of racial profiling.

3/18/2021 2:32:15 PM

24 - Delegates: Bishops' plan oversteps bounds

A group of U.S. delegates urges bishops to rethink the special called General Conference and especially plans to delay any U.S. bishop elections until 2024.

3/18/2021 1:10:28 PM

25 - Church leaders decry attacks against Asians

Though the motive is still under investigation, United Methodist leaders say the killings at Atlanta area massage parlors took place as violence increases in the U.S. against those of Asian ancestry.

3/17/2021 4:31:21 PM

26 - Meharry provides vaccines and peace of mind

United Methodist medical college serves as a COVID-19 vaccination site in an underserved neighborhood and is easing the concerns of medical skeptics.

3/16/2021 12:57:44 PM

27 - Racism must go, but how to get there?

Black United Methodists are hopeful that current efforts to eliminate racism in the denomination will be effective, but some remain wary.

3/15/2021 2:04:05 PM

29 - Gospel music sparks hope amid COVID-19

Across Zimbabwe congregations, United Methodists keep music alive, offering solace and uplifting spirits.

3/12/2021 1:17:03 PM

30 - Clergy care a priority in pandemic year

Pastors, backed by annual conferences, have taken steps to prevent burnout during long public health emergency.

3/11/2021 10:37:23 AM

31 - Army chaplain returns to his native South Korea to serve

The Rev. DooSoo Lee’s latest pastoral appointment has taken him to his motherland. Lee, who is Korean American and a U.S. Army chaplain, currently serves at the base in South Korea.

3/10/2021 1:07:29 PM

32 - Dotson remembered for seeing all the people

At a service streamed around the globe, United Methodists celebrated the life and faith of the Discipleship Ministries executive who touched many across the denomination.

3/8/2021 11:51:14 AM

33 - ‘Girls, Jesus is calling YOU!’

In a video message for Women’s History Month, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño affirms the right of everyone to use the gifts God gives us for the betterment of the world.

3/8/2021 10:53:03 AM

34 - Church helps drill more than 80 boreholes in Malawi

Since 2010, a partnership between Kansas and Malawi United Methodists spans over 9,000 miles and provides life-changing ministries.

3/5/2021 10:06:33 AM

35 - It is time to separate

“As Genesis 25 says of Rebekah’s twins, we are like two nations struggling in the same womb,” writes former university chaplain.

3/3/2021 11:36:00 AM

36 - Another GC2020 delay brings relief, chagrin

While not disputing COVID-19’s ongoing threat, some delegates expressed frustration that so many big decisions about The United Methodist Church’s future remain on hold.

3/2/2021 4:25:25 PM

37 - A vision of new United Methodism

Just as the world will face a new normal due to ways that COVID-19 has changed us, the new United Methodism will definitely be different, writes a Dallas pastor.

3/1/2021 12:24:03 PM

38 - Planned denomination gets name

‘Global Methodist Church’ is choice of traditionalists planning to separate from The United Methodist Church.

3/1/2021 8:48:38 AM

39 - Church responds to chaplain's call to help soldiers

A National Guard chaplain got Bibles, games and 150 copies of a new book about courage when he turned to Wesley Theological Seminary for help keeping soldiers occupied in Washington in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection.

2/26/2021 12:48:54 PM

40 - Can a divided church serve a divided society?

As The United Methodist Church heads toward possible separation, a pastor reflects on what history can teach us.

2/26/2021 11:20:06 AM

41 - Discipleship's top executive dies of cancer

United Methodists of varying views remember the Rev. Junius B. Dotson as a leader committed to Christ and a protocol negotiator hopeful about the church’s future.

2/25/2021 4:58:45 PM

42 - General Conference postponed until 2022

Organizers have postponed the full General Conference, including proposals for a church split, until 2022 when delegates can meet in person. A special one-day, virtual General Conference is planned for May 8.

2/25/2021 3:18:53 PM

43 - Church’s future again a hot topic

Despite pandemic-related uncertainties, there’s been a surge of commentary on whether The United Methodist Church should split.

2/24/2021 3:05:57 PM

44 - Cyclone survivors receive new houses

Longtime partnership with Baltimore-Washington Conference provides hope to families in Zimbabwe left homeless by the March 2019 disaster.

2/24/2021 12:17:37 PM

45 - Delegates map out vision for church future

An international group of General Conference delegates asked United Methodists around the globe to help imagine a better way to be the church.

2/23/2021 1:27:05 PM

46 - Church grapples with resurgence of Ebola

As Ebola, COVID-19, malaria and other diseases threaten lives and livelihoods, church leaders in Congo offer assistance.

2/23/2021 11:52:57 AM

47 - Church helps displaced in Central African Republic

Following a volatile presidential election, United Methodists offer shelter and other humanitarian aid to people seeking refuge from armed rebels.

2/22/2021 11:14:41 AM

48 - Book revisits pastor’s reticence on civil rights

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and United Methodist has written a book about how his minister father failed to speak out boldly during the civil rights movement.

2/18/2021 9:00:00 AM

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