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Listen in: Audio emanating from GC2019

United Methodist News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 2:37pm
Dr. Arthur McClanahan, director of communications for the Iowa Conference, is compiling and presenting a variety of audio files from the special called General Conference.
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A conversation with the worship team

United Methodist News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:28am
Listen to the leaders of the team who will lead worship at the special General Conference in St. Louis explain their approach to helping create a sacred experience while delegates seek to see a way forward for the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Arthur McClanahan, director of communications for the Iowa Conference, conducts the interviews.
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Court voids 2016 rule for bishops outside U.S.

United Methodist News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 9:05pm
Among decisions by United Methodist Judicial Council during a February session is voiding an action by General Conference 2016.
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Amid struggles, deaconess movement flourishes in the Philippines

United Methodist News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 3:44pm
Called to ministries of love, justice and service, more than 400 Filipina deaconesses — and their counterparts around the world — teach, preach and reach out to the marginalized.
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Commentary: Are United Methodists ignoring Wesley?

United Methodist News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:01pm
Methodism founder John Wesley implored us to ‘do no harm.’ John Yeaman feels the denomination’s stance on homosexuality ignores that rule.
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Communicators keep telling the story

United Methodist News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 11:37am
Jessica Brodie and Matt Brodie are United Methodist communicators from South Carolina. Being a communicator brings with it “a great deal of responsibility to do whatever we do with exceptional integrity,” they said, and it’s their “responsibility to keep telling the story.”
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Texas pastor helped revive Methodism in Russia

United Methodist News - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 4:27pm
The Rev. Bruce Weaver, who led The United Methodist Church’s Russia Initiative, has died at age 97.
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Bishop Laurie Haller looks to the General Conference

United Methodist News - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 3:04pm
Bishop Laurie Haller shares her feelings about the upcoming General Conference.
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Providing early education in rural Zimbabwe

United Methodist News - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:19pm
Baltimore-Washington mission team, Zimbabwe Episcopal Area open state-of-the-art early childhood development center and playground at Hanwa Mission School.
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Lessons from other denominational divides

United Methodist News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 3:31pm
United Methodist ecumenical partners Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians all have faced their own splits related to homosexuality and the Bible. Here is an overview of their experiences.
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Commentary: The plan of 'gracious inclusion'

United Methodist News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 1:44pm
The Simple Plan would relieve The United Methodist Church of the burdens of discrimination and the responsibility of enforcement by punishment, writes a Drew University Theological School professor.
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Church in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on farming, food security

United Methodist News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:09pm
Bishop Benjamin Boni and Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area take holistic approach to agriculture involving women and youths.
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Former members on why they left

United Methodist News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 7:09pm
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

United Methodist News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 5:21pm
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

United Methodist News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:51pm
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

United Methodist News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:59am
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

United Methodist News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:52pm
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

United Methodist News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:41am
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

United Methodist News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:16pm
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

United Methodist News - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:44pm
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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