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In the US, Maryland church, with $US100,000 in vandalism damage, continues in faith

A police officer investigates vandalism at Fowler United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Maryland, on 9th June, 2023.

United StatesRNS Rev Jerome Jones, Sr, is shocked by two things: the extensive vandalism that took place in his church building in Maryland’s capital in early June and the outpouring of support Fowler United Methodist Church has received in the aftermath. On 8th June, the red-carpeted sanctuary of the historically Black church was turned into […]

UMC bishops request 2026 General Conference as hundreds more churches disaffiliate

United Methodist bishops and delegates gather together to pray at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality on 26th February, 2019, during the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St Louis, Missouri

Chicago, USRNS United Methodist bishops have proposed a five-day meeting of the denomination’s global decision-making body, the General Conference, in May, 2026.   The announcement comes at the end of the Council of Bishops’ spring meeting last week in Chicago and a weekend that saw hundreds of United Methodist churches in the United States leave […]

Keep COVID-19 restrictions during in-person worship, US ecumenical guide suggests

US coronavirus guidance for churches

RNS Some Americans may be behaving like the COVID-19 pandemic no longer hinders them from socializing with friends and family, many of whom they may not have seen in months. But the Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacraments, a group of clergy, scientists and other experts, advised congregations to take it slower […]

United Methodist Church postpones General Conference amid coronavirus

UMC General Conference 2019

RNS The United Methodist Church has postponed its 2020 General Conference – where delegates were expected to take up legislation to split the denomination – over concerns about the spread of COVID-19, what’s commonly referred to as the coronavirus. The quadrennial meeting of the denomination’s decision-making body was set to gather 862 delegates and other […]

Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote

UMC Special Session

RNS United Methodist Church officials admitted this week that some of the votes cast during its recent special session on sexuality may have been invalid. During a special session of the UMC General Conference in St Louis, Missouri, which met last month, delegates from the largest mainline Protestant denomination made headlines for backing measures to strengthen bans […]

Black clergy in the US decry Trump policies as detrimental to African-Americans

Rev Hawkins

RNS   Rev Jimmie R Hawkins speaks with other faith leaders at a press conference responding to the US President Donald Trump administration’s policies in Washington, DC, on 15th May, 2017. PICTURE: Ray Chen/Office of Public Witness, PC(USA) Black clergy, standing in the shadow of the US Capitol, declared that US President Donald Trump is […]