Many people were confused during the 11-day roller coaster ride that was the United Methodist Church's General Conference. It is held to chart the course of the global denomination.
The United Methodist Church is struggling to maintain the increasingly tenuous bonds that hold together this global denomination of more than 12 million members.
Amid protest, song and fears of a denominational breakup, United Methodists at their quadrennial General Conference decided yet again not to decide anything regarding LGBT rights.
United Methodists, voting at their General Conference, have called on their church's mission agency to withdraw from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy.
Authorities in Roseburg, in green rolling hills 180 miles south of Portland, identified the shooter Oct. 2 as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, but did not give details about him. The names of those he fatally shot had not yet been released. Nine others were wounded.
The Archdiocese of Portland plans to stay in talks with an all-girls school that now says it will welcome employees who enter same-sex unions recognized as marriages by civil authorities in Oregon.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales got a roar of approval Monday when he told a packed Catholic church that he opposes new fossil fuel projects that would affect his city.
The crowd of more than 400 at St. Philip Neri Church had convened for the blessing of a totem pole that residents of Washington state's coastal Lummi Nation carved as a symbol of opposition to coal export facilities along the Columbia River.
Believers cannot sit out the effort to restore creation after years of abuse, a speaker told diocesan social action directors during their annual Social Action Summer Institute.
"To be at odds with creation is to be at odds with God," Dominican Sr. Kathleen McManus, associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland, said in a presentation to the institute's 275 participants. "And it's to be at odds with our neighbor and with our deepest selves."
As a young California woman gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon's assisted suicide law, Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland issued a statement saying the Oregon law puts forward illusion and confusion.
At the start of 2014, newlywed Brittany Maynard learned she had brain cancer. A few months after she underwent two surgeries, doctors delivered the news that the cancer had returned and that most patients die from such tumors in about a year. She decided against further treatment.
Phu Nguyen's great-great-great-grandfather died for abiding by his faith. "I think it's a powerful reminder of the faith that I have," he said.