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Conn. Church Hopes to be "Home" for Christmas

9/24/2019

Come Christmas, the First United Methodist Church of Middletown, Conn., is hoping to leave behind their itinerant days of the last five years and settle into a new home. A 2,000-square-foot church is being constructed on former farmland about five miles from their old sanctuary in the middle of town.


UMCOR Starts Efforts for Bahamas Relief

9/5/2019

As Hurricane Dorian continued to threaten the U.S. east coast, United Methodists were connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts. Bishop Bickerton urges support for UMCOR efforts.


Embracing Gay Daughter Sent Bishop Back to Scriptures

8/21/2019

The co-author of the popular Disciple Bible Study writes about how learning his daughter is gay led him to examine Scriptures about homosexuality more closely. Bishop Richard Wilke details his more in-depth examination of the Scriptures that address the issue of homosexuality.


Prayer, Donations Restore Bay Shore Church

8/21/2019

The Bay Shore United Methodist Church found themselves with a daunting restoration project that carried a hefty price tag. But faith, prayer, and donations from unexpected places are seeing them through.


UMCNext Plan Would Remove LGBTQ Restrictions in BOD

8/21/2019

A group of centrists and progressives is offering a plan that would eliminate The United Methodist Church’s restrictions against LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, while allowing local churches that disagree to depart and organize into new forms of Methodism.


Bishops, Agency Respond to GC2019 Vote Probe

8/19/2019

Both The United Methodist Church’s bishops and finance agency are taking action in response to the investigation that found fraudulent voting at General Conference 2019.


MARCHA: Hispanic-Latino Voice Needed at GC2020

8/16/2019

MARCHA, founded in 1971, is an unofficial group of The United Methodist Church. The caucus seeks to ensure that the contributions and cultural values of the Hispanic-Latino community are appreciated in the church and society.


GCFA Celebrates General Counsel Lambert

8/14/2019

The board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration met July 18-19 in Dallas for its summer meeting.  The board celebrated the service of General Counsel Steve Lambert, who is retiring in August from the general counsel position.  Lambert has been with GCFA since 2014 and was instrumental in guiding the Legal Services Department and the agency through changes that improved the unit’s efficiency and effectiveness throughout the denomination. Bryan Mills was elected as ...


Group Drafts Separation Plan for Denomination

8/13/2019

The United Methodist Church’s conflict over homosexuality is irreconcilable and calls for amicable separation into different denominations, according to a 12-person group of centrists, traditionalists and progressives that began meeting in late June. “We’ve discovered The United Methodist Church can’t live in the same house together peaceably, but we can live next door to one another,” said the Rev. Kent Millard, president of United Theological Seminary and one of the group’s organizers. ...


GC Commission Will Tighten Credentials Following Task Force Review

8/10/2019

The Commission on the General Conference voted this week to implement new registration and credentialing procedures for General Conference delegates to safeguard against the possibility of unauthorized voting.


FTC Warns of Gift Card Scam Aimed at Worshipers

8/9/2019

The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert on July 29 about a new spin on gift card scams. The alert said: “This time, scammers are pretending to be a pastor, rabbi, priest, imam, or bishop. They’re asking worshipers for gift card contributions for a worthy cause. Appeals are often made by email, but we’ve heard people are also getting texts and phone calls, too. The bogus emails often include the name of the local pastor and a legitimate looking email address. But a closer look should raise ...


Bishops Urge End To White Supremacy, Xenophobia

8/6/2019

In the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter is calling for United Methodists to help end white supremacy and xenophobia which he says is fueling the culture of violence. In a response released August 6, Bishop Carter commended the statements of Bishop Gregory Palmer and Bishop Earl Bledsoe to the people of their residential areas in West Ohio and New Mexico/Northwest Texas, respectively, noting that the carnage following ...


Ways United Methodists Can Take a Stand Against Gun Violence

8/6/2019

When we hear the tragic news of a shooting, United Methodists mourn with the victims and families of those wounded or killed. We turn to God in prayer, longing for a day when violence will cease. In addition, many people consider what actions we might take to prevent something similar from happening in the future. So, what can we do? Click here to read a UMC.org feature by Joe Iovino to get started and then check the other links below. Gun violence 101 Cheat Sheet: This new resource for ...


Mass Shootings Prompt Prayer, Action

8/5/2019

After two U.S. mass shootings that killed at least 31 people, United Methodists are responding with both prayers and plans for action to address gun violence and hate.


Council of Bishops Invites Applications for 2 Ecumenical Programs

8/1/2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for the following programs:  2020 Local Initiatives Grants Scholarship to Attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey  2020 Local Initiatives Grants The Council of Bishops is offering three (3) grants of $1,000 each to groups within annual conferences for special projects designed to strengthen ecumenical and/or interreligious relationships. Preference will be given to groups within annual ...


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