Coronavirus: Need to Know Resources and Information

Rev. Dr. Denise Smartt Sears Appointed to Serve as NYAC Director of Connectional Ministries


Rev. Dr. Denise Smartt Sears is uniquely qualified for the unchartered road ahead as a leader who comes to the position with a wealth of understanding of the NYAC across all levels.

Rev. Matthew Curry, NYAC Director of Connectional Ministries, Set for New Appointment with UMC of New Canaan


After six years as New York Annual Conference (NYAC) Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM), our much beloved Rev. Matthew T. Curry will take up stakes and move to a new appointment on July 1, 2021.

Discipleship's Top Executive Dies of Cancer


The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, the top executive of Discipleship Ministries, died late Feb. 24, less than a month after announcing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55. His unexpected death brought together United Methodists of varied theological views in an outpouring of grief and love for a leader whose ministry touched lives across the denomination.  “He had an indelible way of pulling leaders to their full potential,” said longtime friend Toska Medlock Lee, who has known him since ...

New Studies, Devotionals for Lent 2021


Feb. 17 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. During Lent, Christians prepare to celebrate the miracle of Easter through prayer, fasting and other spiritual disciplines.

Dismantling Racism: Lent Devotions by Our Bishops


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will be offering a weekly devotion during the Lenten season which begins this week. Each Wednesday during Lent and every day during Holy Week, a 15-minute recorded devotion, led by a bishop and leaders from their episcopal areas will be released. Bishop Bickerton will lead a devotion on April 1.

Scrutinizing the Proposed Hold on New Bishops


Citing strained finances and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist bishops laid out their case for urging no U.S. bishop elections until 2024.

Bishop Skeete, ‘Pastor to People,’ Dies at 90


Bishop F. Herbert Skeete, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, passed away at noon February 11, 2021.

Black Church Film Taps United Methodist Sources


The United Methodist Church has a supporting role in the new PBS documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” which airs Feb. 16-17 across the U.S.

Discipleship’s Top Executive Battles Cancer


The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, the top executive of Discipleship Ministries, told his staff and board Jan. 28 that he is battling pancreatic cancer.

New Bible Studies for a New Year


Whether you’re with a Bible study small group or going it alone, consider these recommendations from our friends at the United Methodist Publishing House.

UMC Bishops Join in Mourning Africa University Vice Chancellor Professor Furusa


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining the global community in mourning the death of Africa University Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa, who died last week on January 13, 2021 after a short illness in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

A Call to Action for The United Methodist Church in Times of Challenge


These are challenging times that we live in. And yet, I find that the upcoming commemoration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Inauguration Day in the US provide us, in the midst of turmoil, with much needed opportunities for reflection and rededication.

Bishops take to the pulpit in 2021 Ebony Bishops Preaching Series at Asbury UMC


Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce its “2021 Ebony Bishops Preaching Series.”

Feeding the 5,000 (Weekly) in New York


A few grants and strong connections opened UMC food pantries and kitchens in key underserved areas of New York during the pandemic.

Grappling with Postponed General Conference


Organizers have yet to determine whether the pandemic-postponed General Conference can go forward as planned on Aug. 29-Sept. 7 in Minneapolis.

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