Yellowstone Conference, which includes Wyoming and Montana, is suffering from lack of resources caused by “aging churches and aging members,” not solely from objections to the region’s openly lesbian bishop, say church officials.
The Judicial Council refused to reconsider its decision holding that a license for a same-sex marriage constitutes evidence that a clergy person or bishop is a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” in disobedience to church law.
The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops has asked for reconsideration of Judicial Council ruling 1341, which held that a same-sex marriage license is evidence of a person being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
The boards of ordained ministry in two U.S. annual conferences have reaffirmed their decisions not to consider the sexuality of clergy candidates despite a Judicial Council ruling to follow Book of Discipline requirements.
Clergy and laity from the “Methodist Middle” have formed a network with the intention of encouraging The United Methodist Church to stay together, writes Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service.
Spectators were prayerful, tuneful and respectful outside the April 25 public oral argument hearings before the Judicial Council regarding the Western Jurisdiction’s election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto.
United Methodist clergy join their fellow Arkansans in protesting the state’s plans to execute seven men by April 27, reports Kathy L. Gilbert.
United Methodists are among religious leaders who have called for welcoming the 66 million displaced people in the world along with opposing the Trump Administration’s revised travel ban announced March 6.
Duke University in Durham, NC, and Emory University in Atlanta say President Trump’s immigration order has substantially harmed their schools’ functioning because it targets both staff and students.
United Methodists came out in droves over the weekend of Jan. 28-29 to protest President Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries, reports Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service.