News and Views

April 2018

Bishop Ough's Sermon to the Council of Bishops

April 30, 2018

United Methodist bishops were reminded April 29 that the church is watching, waiting and wondering if and how they will lead the denomination into the future. The Council of Bishops meets through May 4. Read Bishop Ough's sermon.

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Q & A on the new Board of Ordained Ministry policy on examining candidates

April 30, 2018

Q & A on the new Board of Ordained Ministry policy on examining candidates

FAQ on Oakland UMC

April 26, 2018

At the April 21 Pre-Conference Session in Frederick, a question was raised about a United Methodist church seeking to break ties with the denomination. We offer this Q&A to bring clarity around that issue.

FAQ from Pre-Conference Session

April 25, 2018

On April 21, members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered to learn about issues coming before the May Annual Conference Session. They asked questions about the realignment, proposed budget, pensions and medical benefits, equitable...

50 years on, Central Jurisdiction’s shadow looms

April 19, 2018

The April 1968 merger that created The United Methodist Church not only birthed a new denomination, it abolished a painful part of Methodist history: The Central Jurisdiction, which segregated African-Americans from their Methodist brethren

Commentary: Will you join in fighting racism?

April 16, 2018

"Waking people to the realities of racism and white privilege is critical – especially in the church. People must be awakened before they will ever confront and ultimately transform injustice in our educational, economic, social and criminal...

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