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A delegate handles prayer beads during prayer on May 12, 2016 during the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, courtesy of United Methodist News Service

United Methodism’s Global Evangelical Transformation

May 28, 2016

The results of the evangelical transformation in the United Methodist Church were evident at the recent General Conference, held May 10-20 in Portland, Ore.

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Abortion Changes Signal New Direction for United Methodists

May 25, 2016

The second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. has taken firm steps towards steering the 12.1 million-member denomination away from the path that it’s mainline Protestant peers have taken.


United Methodist General Conference Analysis

May 23, 2016

United Methodist General Conference 2016, good or bad? Mostly on the whole, good!

UMC General Conference prepares to vote on the denomination's relationship with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)

Pro-Abortion Coalition Criticizes UMC Vote to Withdraw

May 20, 2016

Delegates at the UMC’s quadrennial General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted for the denomination’s agencies to withdraw from RCRC.


Methodist Perseverance

May 20, 2016

On May 19 history was made. The United Methodist General Conference, representing a 12 million member denomination, voted to withdraw its church agencies from a Washington lobby that opposes all restrictions on abortion.


United Methodist Sex & Gridlock

May 19, 2016

The United Methodist Church’s bishops succeeded once again in suppressing prolonged and divisive plenary debate over sex at their denomination’s quadrennial governing General Conference, meeting May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon.


United Methodist Controversy & Bric-à-brac

May 14, 2016

Not every moment at United Methodist General Conference is controversial or unpleasant.

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A Methodist Culture-War Showdown

May 13, 2016

Will United Methodism turn inward and remain a mostly liberal Protestant church? Or will it become increasingly evangelical and global?


United Methodist Rule 44, Dysfunction & Health

May 12, 2016

The governing body of the global United Methodist Church has taken a key vote indicating an orthodox majority likely to reaffirm the denomination’s traditional marriage teaching.


Methodists Resist Radical LGBT Discord

May 11, 2016

The film “An Act of Love” chronicles the open defiance by Frank Schaefer of the United Methodist Church’s prohibitions against homosexual marriage.

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Amid Controversy, United Methodists Gather in Portland

May 9, 2016

Methodist clergy engaged in a campaign of ecclesiastical disobedience for marrying same-sex couples could face a roadblock this month as the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States gathers in Portland for a meeting of its top legislative body.


Denominations, Methodism, Trumpism & Ecclesiology

May 4, 2016

Much of the Trump and Bernie Sanders movements wants to blow up the “system,” whatever it is, believing it is inextricably corrupt, and not caring very much about what if anything would replace it.