United Methodist News Service


Group drafts separation plan for denomination

August 13, 2019

The United Methodist Church’s conflict over homosexuality is irreconcilable and calls for amicable separation into different denominations, according to a 12-person group of centrists, traditionalists and progressives that began meeting in late June. “We’ve discovered The United Methodist Church can...


Improper voting at GC2019 voids disaffiliation legislation

August 12, 2019

Bishops Thomas J. Bickerton (center) and Gregory V. Palmer (right) confer with colleagues on legislative procedures during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Bickerton is the Council of Bishops representative on the Commission on General Conference. The Commission on ...


Mission shares collections down after special session

July 24, 2019

Bishop Michael McKee, president of the General Council on Finance and Administration, confers with Moses Kumar, GCFA’s top executive, on July 19 in Dallas. GCFA’s board heard that giving across the church is down since the 2019 General Conference in February. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News Service ...


Bishop Hicks, striver for peace, dies at 96

June 20, 2019

Pastors just starting out and those with years of experience turned to Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks as a trusted and compassionate adviser. Hicks died June 19 in Little Rock, Arkansas, just a day after his 96th birthday. Tributes and Memories Share a memory or tribute about Bishop Kenneth Hicks by ...


UMCNext meets at Church of the Resurrection to discuss new directions for the denomination

May 22, 2019

More than 600 U.S. United Methodists spent three days grappling with possible options for forging what they hope will be a more just and inclusive church future. What united those at UMCNext, which met May 20-22 behind closed doors, was their opposition to the Traditional Plan. That legislation, ...


Council of Bishops responds to Judicial Council ruling on special session

April 26, 2019

The Council of Bishops expresses its deep gratitude to the Judicial Council for its careful review of the actions of the 2019 General Conference. The Judicial Council’s decisions are clear and sound, and they give helpful guidance to the Church.  In Decision 1378, the Judicial Council ruled that the...


Court OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan

April 26, 2019

— Chart summarizes ruling on the Traditional Plan petitions and the Disaffiliation petition. — Council of Bishops issues statement on ruling. The United Methodist Church’s top court has found that while some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the ...