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United Methodist expert on baptism, sacraments dies

The Rev. Gayle C. Felton, 71, a clergy member of the North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference known for her published works on baptism and the sacraments, died Jan. 25. Felton was the primary author of the 2004 denominational statement on Holy Communion, This Holy Mystery, and wrote By Water and the Spirit, a …

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United Methodists offer hope in South Sudan turmoil

As continuing violence has increased tensions across South Sudan, United Methodist congregations there are providing both haven and hope. An email from Sebit Issaac, the assistant district superintendent for Yei, to the denomination’s Holston Annual (regional) Conference in the United States, noted that five people had been baptized on New Year’s Day.

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Bishop rules lesbian clergy candidate can stay on ordination track

By Heather Hahn and Sam Hodges* San Antonio Area Bishop James E. Dorff on Dec. 12 reversed the removal of a lesbian clergy candidate, Mary Ann Barclay, from the ordination track. Dorff said in his ruling that Barclay “remains a candidate for ministry and is due full examination, including an interview, by the (Southwest …

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