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Former members on why they left

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 6:09pm
Former LGBTQ members of The United Methodist Church talk about why they have left the church.
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LGBTQ United Methodists are hurting — and leaving

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 4:21pm
Former United Methodists talk about their pain — and what they think the church lost when they left.
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Church helps internally displaced people in Congo

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:51am
Fleeing tribal conflicts, more than 2,500 refugees find shelter and hope, thanks to The United Methodist Church, UMCOR.
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Commentary: Keep the main thing the main thing

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:59am
Citing the church stance on homosexuality as a mostly U.S. concern, the Rev. Edgar De Jesus writes that Filipino United Methodists are more focused on how to make the Gospel relevant.
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Commentary: Grateful for gifts of LGBTQ in church

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:52am
The Rev. Molly Vetter says that throughout her life, she has been blessed by the gifts of mentors and colleagues in ministry who are LGBTQ.
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Using musical instruments for evangelism

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:41am
Zimbabwe Episcopal Area teaches church members to play new instruments to hone their talents and attract young people to worship.
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Communication at forefront of GC2019

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 4:16pm
Story of 'critical moment' for The United Methodist Church will be shared by a range of communicators, using everything from print to podcasts.
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Small churches play big role for refugees in Italy

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:44am
Italian religious groups, including Methodists, have created a legal, safe pathway for Syrians and other vulnerable asylum seekers to resettle in Italy and the work is expanding.
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Commentary: Pacification or passion and prejudice

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:45am
A retired clergyman reflects on what lessons the slavery debate at the 1840 and 1844 General Conferences might offer for the legislative assembly in St. Louis.
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Commentary: Kennedy telegram provides reminder from past

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 6:07pm
The top executive of the church’s Commission on Archives and History considers a telegram from Sen. Robert Kennedy about the United Conference and wonders how history might look back on the 2019 General Conference.
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Amid political unrest, Zimbabwe churches lead dialogue

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:03pm
United Methodist Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa calls for consensus building in the highly polarized nation.
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Commentary: African delegates urged to oppose exit plans

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:29am
A Zimbabwean clergyman urges African delegates to General Conference 2019 not to support exit plans and to focus on keeping the church united.
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Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Chris Ritter

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:55am
The Rev. Chris Ritter is a pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and a delegate to the 2019 special General Conference. He also helped write language that was eventually included in the Connectional Conference Plan. Ritter spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
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What do United Methodists really believe?

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:08pm
Survey finds range of views on theological questions, but those identifying as “conservative/traditional” are the largest group.
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Commentary: Grace is not up for a vote

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:29am
A Filipino LGBTQ clergyman writes about his fears concerning General Conference 2019.
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Missionary pilot continues lifesaving work

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:14am
Rukang Chikomb talks about the joys, challenges he faces in his work with The United Methodist Church’s Wings of the Morning aviation ministry.
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Commentary: Reflections on the Connectional Conference Plan

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 1:05pm
For all its complexity, the Connectional Conference Plan might be the best option The United Methodist Church has, writes the Rev. Bob Phillips.
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Tearfund helps church rebuild Congo water source

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:19am
After rebels destroyed a spring in Mikelenge, women walked great distances in search of water for drinking and daily use.
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daily digest february 8 2019

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 5:48pm
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Church courts finds clergywoman not guilty

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 4:53pm
The decision culminates a two-and-half-year process that began with the Rev. Jisun Kwak’s suspension. She was found not guilty on all counts.
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