Coronavirus: Need to Know Resources and Information

Bishops Called to Bring Stability in Chaos


United Methodist bishops opened their online meeting in a season of turmoil. Around the globe, people are contending with the pandemic, struggling economies, natural disasters and a reckoning with racial injustice. In the U.S., United Methodists also face political polarization on the eve of Election Day on Nov. 3.

What Goes into Funding the Bishops?


The funding of United Methodist bishops is about to be under a microscope.

Leaning on Faith as Storms Rage


As Zeta, the 11th named storm to hit the U.S. this year, was headed to the Gulf Coast, Louisiana Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey mused, “It seems like 777.”

New Group Explores General Conference Options


With COVID-19 still menacing the globe, organizers are exploring various options for holding what many expect to be a pivotal General Conference.

Should General Conference go Virtual?


With no end in sight to the deadly pandemic, a number of United Methodist leaders are urging that General Conference be virtual — if it’s to be held at all next year.

Want to Have Your Say? Churches Urge Voting


The Rev. Amanda McMurtrey expects to spend 16 hours on Election Day checking in voters, issuing ballots and ensuring people can have a say in their governance. But in the months before Nov. 3 when she takes on the responsibilities of an election judge, the United Methodist pastor already has helped more than a dozen churches host voter-registration events.

Stories from the Front Lines of the Coronavirus


Teddy Brawner didn’t sound so good, but he wanted to tell anyone still skeptical that the coronavirus is serious business.

Full Communion with Episcopalians Delayed


Citing the pandemic’s ongoing threat, United Methodists and Episcopalians have put plans for full communion between their two denominations on hold for now.

Grappling with how Racism Coexists with Faith


Jesus calls his followers to love their neighbor. So why have Christians found ways to refuse their neighbors not just love but basic dignity?

Remembering and Celebrating Bishop John K. Yambasu


Our hearts are broken, and we're devastated by the sudden departure of Bishop Yambasu. This is a great blow to the people called United Methodists! It is our hope and prayer that God will comfort the family in particular and The United Methodist family at large. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Board Gets Update on Giving, Online Worship


The pandemic’s economic wreckage has left its mark on United Methodist ledgers. However, giving to denomination-wide ministries rebounded slightly in July.

Living the Racial Justice Charter


What if changing two small words could make a significant difference in racial justice work?

NYAC Sets Aside Nearly a Half Million Dollars for PPE to Help Churches Reopen Safely


As we’ve all seen in the past few months, church reopening can be challenging. But for more than 400 United Methodist Churches in the New York Annual Conference (NYAC), the bar was set even higher...

Ross Williams, NYAC CFO and Director of Administration Announces Plans to Retire, Effective June 2021


God always has a wonderful way of placing the right people, in the right place, at the right time. But this happens, as many say, for a reason and a season. And believing it, doesn’t lessen the sadness when the time comes to say “goodbye” to one of your own.

Churches Embrace Outdoor Worship During Pandemic


As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires social distancing and vigorous cleaning, churches must weigh whether to continue only worshipping online or reopening buildings in limited capacities. Others have begun to move outside.

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