The United Methodist Church will no longer be involved in the formal approval of any of the board of trustee members for Duke University.
Duke had in its bylaws a provision granting that two annual conferences of the UMC had the formal authority to approve two-thirds of the 36 trustees, one-third per conference.
However, earlier in the year the UMC's North Carolina Conference and Western North Carolina Conference met with university officials and amended the bylaws to remove this formality. more >>
The United Methodist Church's highest court will be reviewing a decision to overrule a regional body's resolution calling for churches to defy the denomination's rules that bar clergy from performing same-sex marriages and being in a same-sex relationship.
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference overruled most of the regional body's resolution, passed during the summer, calling for a refusal to enforce rules regarding homosexuality as outlined in the Book of Discipline.
The United Methodist Judicial Council, the highest legal authority for the Mainline denomination, is scheduled to review Bishop Devadhar's ruling of law. more >>
The senior pastor of a Florida Methodist church who is also a married father of two, was among 22 men arrested in a child sex sting on Wednesday, after he allegedly traveled to a designated location with plans to have sex with a 14-year-old boy.
The Pensacola Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday that David Donald Hoppenjan, 52, who had served as senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Pace since last year, traveled to two locations in an effort to have sex with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
In the undercover child sex sting billed "Operation Undertow" which took place over five days from Sept. 7–11, Pensacola Police targeted adults who traveled to designated locations in Pensacola to have sex with children. more >>
The United Methodist Church is putting a delay on the creation of a commission meant to analyze and possibly suggest changes to the denomination's position on homosexuality.
Earlier this year at their General Conference, UMC delegates approved a resolution that created a commission that would review the Church's positions on homosexuality and gay marriage.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Council of Bishops' Executive Committee noted that an unexpectedly large number of nominees has prompted a delay in the procedure. more >>
The United Methodist Church's highest court will be deciding whether or not the denomination's first openly gay bishop will be allowed to serve.
In July, delegates of the UMC Western Jurisdiction unanimously elected the Rev. Karen Oliveto to be bishop of the UMC Mountain Sky Area, even though Church rules state that "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" cannot be ordained.
Next spring, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider a petition centered on whether or not Oliveto can serve given that she is a married lesbian. more >>
The daughter of a United Methodist Church pastor recently won a $10,000 prize on an episode of the Food Network television series "Chopped Junior."
Nine-year-old Lucy Chelton won the competition during the third season of the program that centered on cooking a snake-themed appetizer.
"When the young chefs must butcher and cook snakes in the appetizer round, will they be too squeamish to let their skills shine through? In the entree round, a dense oddball of a cake must be worked into lamb shoulder dishes," noted the Food Network. more >>