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After troubled decade, Kenya Methodists elect new Presiding Bishop

Rev Isaiah Deye.

Nairobi, KenyaRNS After forcing out their leader three months ago, the Methodist Church in Kenya elected a new Presiding Bishop on Thursday, raising hopes for a denomination that has faced the threat of schism due to bitter disagreements within its leadership. Rev Isaiah Deye, 61, was elected as the seventh Presiding Bishop at the 58th […]

Global Methodist Church releases list of recommended schools for hopeful clergy

The six schools approved as Recommended Educational Institutions by the Global Methodist Church. Courtesy images

United StatesRNS How does one become a pastor in the new Global Methodist Church? The fledgling Methodist denomination, a home for congregations and clergy that have broken away from the United Methodist Church amid ongoing debate over the role of LGBTQ Christians, has announced a list of recommended educational institutions for candidates seeking ordination as a deacon […]

Meet the organisation preserving and promoting the stories of Black Methodists in the US

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RNS When most people think of the United Methodist Church, Carol Travis said, they don’t picture Black people. “People still think that the United Methodist Church is white,” said Travis. “You don’t see enough Black faces even though we have been there from the beginning. We never left.” The congregation of East Calvary Methodist Episcopal […]

Child sex abuse found across major UK religions – report

London, UKAP An inquiry investigating child sexual abuse in a wide range of religious organisations and settings in England on Thursday found “shocking failures” in how many religions handled abuse allegations, with victim-blaming and abuse of power by religious leaders often contributing to under-reporting. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse looked into child protection […]

United Methodist conservatives detail plans for a breakaway

UMC Asbury United Methodist Church Kansas

AP Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans Monday to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognise same-sex marriage.  The move could hasten the long-expected breakup of the UMC, America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination, over differing approaches to LGBTQ inclusion.  In this 19th April, 2019 […]

Why schism? United Methodist leaders explain proposal to split the denomination

UMC Livestream

RNS The 16 United Methodist bishops and advocacy group leaders who negotiated a recent proposal to split the denomination explained their reasoning at an event held on Monday that was streamed live by United Methodist News Service. They also forecast dire consequences if the proposal, officially called “A Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation”, isn’t approved […]