NEWS AND FEATURES
Error forces revote on failed constitutional amendment
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Annual and central conferences will be revoting on one of two constitutional amendments dealing with women’s equality. The revote was announced after the Ask The UMC team and United Methodist News Service learned of an error and reported it on May 10 to the Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of General Conference. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
Read earlier UMNS story: Church ratifies 3 constitutional amendments
Bishops' proposal garners range of responses
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In messages to their areas, United Methodist bishops are choosing to emphasize different parts of their motion for a proposed way forward. Advocacy groups also are making their thoughts known. Heather Hahn, Sam Hodges and Kathy L. Gilbert report on initial perspectives about what the bishops are submitting to the special General Conference in 2019.
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Bishops propose plan for Way Forward
CHICAGO (UMNS) — To find a way forward on The United Methodist Church’s homosexuality debate, bishops are recommending the church allow more freedom at the conference and local church levels. Heather Hahn has the story.
Wesley's Chapel makes history relevant today
LONDON (UMNS) — Wesley’s Chapel has long been a draw for Methodist tourists, but the current congregation also is focused on the historic church’s presence in the community and its contributions to global Methodism today. This is the final story in an occasional series on British Methodism. Linda Bloom has the story and Mike DuBose has the photos.
Related: Methodist-Anglican connection remains strong
Read series: British Methodism: Staying Relevant in Wesley’s Homeland
Making a statement about missions
HOUSTON (UMNS) — Many United Methodist churches have absorbed the message of such books as “Toxic Charity” and “When Helping Hurts” and realize they need to do missions differently. That message came through at the recent Beyond These Walls conference, held at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Sam Hodges reports.
Ready to assist asylum seekers at border
SAN DIEGO (UMNS) — Christ United Methodist Ministry Center is preparing to accept some of the hundreds of migrants seeking asylum who are gathered at the border. A Methodist pastor in Mexico is coordinating help for migrants in Tijuana with food, clothing and comfort for the children. Kathy L. Gilbert reports.
Business students partner with Haitian artists
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. — A college business professor who has gone on two United Methodist mission trips to Haiti has helped create a partnership between his students and Haitian Artisans for Peace International. Mike Pisani, a professor at Central Michigan University and a member of Big Rapids First United Methodist Church, connected his students with artisans to determine how marketable and profitable the 20 most popular craft items sold by HAPI were. Kay DeMoss reports.
Filipino-Americans return home for mission
MANILA, Philippines (UMNS) — Filipino United Methodists living outside their homeland were inspired and transformed as they participated in local mission work with street children during the 16th National Association of Filipino-American United Methodists Convocation 2018 in the Philippines. It was the first time in 30 years that the convocation was held outside of the United States. Gladys Mangiduyos reports.
Church helps flooded village
KISANGA WA BOYONI, Congo (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church is working with the provincial government to offer relief in flooded areas along the Congo River. The United Methodist Committee on Relief provided a $10,000 grant and the church used the money to hand out tents, cooking pots, salt, sugar, cooking oil, maize and buckets to flood survivors. The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau reports.
Water project empowers rural community in Zambia
MWAISENI, Zambia (UMNS) — The Tudikwashi Health Care Project, led by a United Methodist missionary, has provided clean water and proper sanitation in this community of more than 20,000 people. The project included six water boreholes with sinks and public toilets and also featured training for more than 20 community volunteers. John Chikuta reports.
United Methodist radio operators focus on ethics
LUANDA, Angola (UMNS) — “Amplify the gospel and not strife through radio and social media,” Bishop Gaspar João Domingos told the United Methodist Radio Network during its fourth annual meeting here. The gathering featured a mix of participants from countries with radio stations and those still hoping to start one. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo reports.
Related: Liberian radio station unifies, crosses religious divide
United Methodist Publishing House
Amendments added to Discipline
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The new amendments to the denomination’s constitution are now listed in the Errata for the 2016 Book of Discipline, the United Methodist governing document. As the most recent additions, the constitutional amendments appear in red type.
Board of Church and Society
Henry-Crowe: Iran deal is working
WASHINGTON — The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe issued a statement expressing disappointment in President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal. “Even though we are disappointed, The United Methodist Church will continue to support diplomacy as an effective tool for peacebuilding around the world,” said Henry-Crowe, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society
Wesley Theological Seminary
Book argues for theological education
WASHINGTON — The Rev. David McAllister-Wilson, president of United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary, has released “A New Church and a New Seminary: Theological Education Is the Solution.” The book, published by Abingdon Press, explores how formative theological education can be part of the solution to the challenges faced by The United Methodist Church.
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More about the book
Archives and History
We Still Believe: Celebrating church's 50 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Local churches and annual conferences are encouraged to use a new video on Heritage Sunday May 20 or throughout the year to celebrate the ways The United Methodist Church has been transforming the world since the Uniting Conference in 1968. The project was produced by Discipleship Ministries and the Commission on Archives and History in cooperation with United Methodist Communications.
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Read more about the 50th anniversary
Higher Education and Ministry
Study guide helps with participating in mission
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new study guide, “Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness,” is a resource to help readers take stock of Wesleyan heritage and ask how to best participate in God’s mission for the church. The guide, published by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools, is suitable for a six- to eight-week study.
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What is wrong with the church?
LAKELAND, Fla. — Florida Area Bishop Ken Carter regularly hears from people identifying what they think is wrong with the church. In his Bishop’s Blog, Carter asks if we all should instead focus on what is wrong in each of our lives. He points to Psalm 51, which says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”
Addiction, Mother's Day and God's grace
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Children are born, grow up and then have babies of their own, while mothers and grandmothers have sweet dreams of who they will be and what they will do. But sometimes the paths they take are not so sweet. Kathy L. Gilbert, a grandmother, reflects on blessings for Mother’s Day.