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Two United Methodist pastors in the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference under complaint for officiating at same-sex unions in violation of church law will face not a trial but a 24-hour suspension without pay. That was the conclusion of the Rev. David Orendorff, appointed by Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya as the counsel for the church in the case — roughly the equivalent of a prosecutor.
Whether engaged in peace-building, social justice programs or interfaith dialogue, United Methodists around the world are increasingly open to those of other faith traditions. That’s the conclusion of bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines who responded to a questionnaire aimed at determining the extent of the church’s ecumenical and interreligious activities.
Kelly Martini recalls the late Lois M. Dauway as “a fascinating book of stories and lessons that taught me, a 20-something, to think bigger than myself. If you took my relationship and multiplied it by thousands, I’m sure you’d discover a small percent of people she touched. She moved among circles of United Methodist Women, denominational and ecumenical leaders, nongovernmental and political organizations, nonprofits and for-profits.”