UMC Top 5 stories

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell greets volunteer Mary Jackson at the doorway of the food and clothing distribution center at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area. ~umns photo/Kathleen Barry

A survey of United Methodist communicators measures significant happenings of 2017.

United Methodist News Service

For the second consecutive year, the work of the Commission on a Way Forward in addressing the church’s debate over homosexuality was considered the top news story by church communicators.

Coverage of the commission’s progress came in first place out of 37 ballots cast by communicators in the United States, Africa and Asia, along with News Service staff. Second was the denomination’s response to a number of natural disasters worldwide in 2017. The Judicial Council’s ruling on the election of a gay bishop, United Methodist response to gatherings of white supremacists and Global Migration Sunday rounded out the top five.




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