Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference


By Heather Hahn April 25, 2017 | UMNS The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The special meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly will be limited to acting on a report by Council of Bishops, based on the proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward. The 32-member commission, appointed by the bishops, has the charge of finding ways for the denomination to stay together despite deep ...

Court hears arguments over gay bishop


Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) meets Dixie Brewster (right) for the first time prior to the opening of oral arguments before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Brewster is petitioner questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. At rear is the Rev. Keith Boyette, representing Brewster before the council. By Linda Bloom April 25, 2017 | NEWARK, N.J. (UMNS) Was last July’s election of a gay bishop by ...

Five ways The United Methodist Church has impacted malaria


By Crystal Caviness and Ashley Gish April 25 is World Malaria Day, an international observance dedicated to malaria awareness. Since 2010, the people of The United Methodist Church through its Imagine No Malaria initiative have focused on reducing malaria deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the process, the denomination has learned that “our God is able, more than able to do more than we can ask or imagine.” Together, we have: Provided more than 4 million life-saving bed nets ...

4 churches merge to build North Fork UMC


Bishop Thomas Bickerton prays with Long Island Easter clergy on the site where a new home for North Fork UMC will be built in Southold, N.Y. Pastor Thomas MacLeod, pastor of the merged church, stands to the bishop's right. PHOTO BY JULIA YH YIM BY JOANNE S. UTLEY Editor, The Vision When Thomas MacLeod was a member of the Cutchogue United Methodist Church, he worked as a carpenter and contractor. Now, in his second career as a pastor, he’ll soon be overseeing the construction of the new home ...

Church braces for ruling on gay bishop


By Sam Hodges April 20, 2017 | DALLAS (UMNS) From prayer vigils to press releases, plenty of evidence suggests keen interest in and deep concern about a looming United Methodist Judicial Council decision on whether a gay pastor can serve as bishop. The oral hearing will be Tuesday, April 25, in Newark, New Jersey, with a ruling expected a few days later. The outcome could affect the status of Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto, a lesbian married to another woman. The Western Jurisdictional ...

Bishops say pray, don’t be afraid as Judicial Council weighs decision


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has called on all United Methodists to pray unceasingly, intentionally and earnestly for the unity of the church as the Judicial Council ponders its decision on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. A petition requesting a declaratory decision on the election, consecration and assignment of Bishop Oliveto will be considered during the church’s highest court’s meeting April 25-28 in New Jersey. ...

Connecticut churches to provide sanctuary


From the New Haven Register Also see article  in the  April 2017 issue of The Vision   Pastor Thomas Gye Ho Kim of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church earlier this month in the church’s first short-term sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation.Catherine Avalone — New Haven Register By Mary O’Leary,, @nhrmoleary on Twitter Rev. Paul Fleck of Hamden Plains United Methodist Church speaks at a meeting concerning sanctuary for immigrants at Iglesia de Dios ...

Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting


Atlanta, Ga.: The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia January 23-26, 2017, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance. Led by commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Ken Carter, members worked and worshipped together and began the foundational work integral to their charge of developing consensus about how to move forward amid different theological understandings of LGBTQ identity. “We need to diagnose what is ...

Bishop Fernandes, leader amid Angolan civil war, dies at 78


File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS The bishop led United Methodists through some of the worst of Angola's civil war. By Heather Hahn April 6, 2017 | UMNS DeCarvBishop Moisés Domingos Fernandes led United Methodists in East Angola through some of the most brutal days of the country’s civil war and braved an attempt on his life. Throughout these ordeals, he remained committed to his nation’s people and his Christian faith. The retired bishop died of cancer on April 6 in a hospital in Luanda, ...

Easter Worship Resources from Discipleship Ministries


Discipleship Ministries provides worship leaders with quality United Methodist music, liturgy, and preaching resources for faithful and vital local church worship. We are committed to working with worship and music leaders throughout the church. Resources, toll-free telephone lines, websites, conferences, conversations, consultations, workshops -- these are ways we seek to be available as partners with you in making disciples for Jesus Christ. View the Lectionary Calendar here>>

Joint North-South Korea Easter prayer published


Morning prayer during WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Korea ©Joanna Lindén-Montes/WCC The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) have worked together to prepare the “2017 Easter Joint North-South Prayer.” The prayer expresses the joy of the resurrection and the sorrow of 70 years of separation between South and North Korea. “We have lost the hopes of ‘becoming one with God’, and have sought after earthly goods instead of peace,” reads the prayer. “...

United Methodist Church Certifies First Lay Parish Nurse


KINGSPORT, Tenn. April 4, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ – After nearly two decades serving as a church nurse in Holston Annual Conference congregations, Joy Eastridge heard God’s call to take the next step in her ministry and is now the first certified lay minister with the specialization of United Methodist parish nurse.   Joy Eastridge "I felt like it was an obedience issue, that in my spirit I was supposed to do this,” said Eastridge, who is in her 12th year as parish nurse at First Broad ...

Bishop Bickerton: "Be Still & Know" Good Advice for Lent


I recently read an article in the New York Times by Amy Krouse Rosenthal entitled, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”  In that article, the well-known author of children’s books reveals that she is in the final stages of ovarian cancer.  With each paragraph, Rosenthal paints a beautiful picture of the loving relationship she shares with her husband and the direction she is taking with the remaining days of her life.  The diagnosis of her cancer came quickly and unexpectedly. Plans had to ...

David Gilmore: Too Tired to Try These 40 Days?


During this season of Lent will we try or are we too tired? Will we try to live right and holy, or are we too tired? Will we try to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself, or are we too tired? Will we try to move beyond personal wants and minister to community needs, or are we too tired? Will we try to look past the past . . . giving thanks for the right now no matter how “rocky” right now might be, or are we too tired? Will we try to respond to...

Breaking the silence to build support


By Linda Bloom March 9, 2017 | NEW YORK (UMNS) “If I was given a dollar for every time I was told I’m too pretty to be a pastor, I could pay off the church building debt.” It almost sounds like a joke. But those words reflect a painful reality for the unnamed clergywoman quoted in a video — “#HerTruth: Women in Ministry Break Their Silence” — produced for the North Alabama Conference’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women. The fact that a man reads her words in the video drives the point ...

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