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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 ...


Court Docket Reflects Busy Conference Season

7/30/2019

Reaction by United Methodist regional bodies in the U.S. — as well as the Council of Bishops — to the Traditional Plan adopted by the 2019 General Conference dominates the fall agenda of the denomination’s top court. The Judicial Council has an 18-item docket to consider when it meets Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Evanston, Illinois. Aug. 19 is the deadline to submit briefs and make requests for oral hearings. Two items are from the United Methodist Council of Bishops regarding questions about legislation...


Bishops Call for New Ways of Embodying Unity

7/18/2019

CHICAGO – The bishops of The United Methodist Church will seek to strengthen annual conferences in 2019 through the ministries of sending and missional strategy, Bishop Kenneth Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, has said. In a statement released at the end of the Executive Committee meeting outside Chicago on July 17, 2019, Bishop Carter said: “Our primary work is not legislative or legalistic. In this season, our primary calling is to discover new ways of embodying unity through ...


Gardens Connecting Churches and Community

7/18/2019

Community gardens are cropping up all over the New York Conference. Part food supply, part learning experience, and part exercise in caring for God’s creation, the gardens feed body and soul, and help connect church with community.


2 Bishops Offer Plan for Denomination's Future

7/10/2019

DALLAS (UM News) — Bishops David Bard and Scott Jones propose making The United Methodist Church an umbrella organization for new, self-governing church groups that would offer different approaches on same-sex unions and ordination of gay clergy.


Slavery Anniversary Leads to New Discussions

7/10/2019

In August 1619, about 50 people from Angola arrived in Jamestown, Virginia — the first African slaves in what is now the U.S. Four hundred years later, African Americans still struggle with the onerous remains of that legacy.


Church Members Called to Support those in Peril

7/9/2019

The federal government is issuing fines of up to $500,000 to some immigrants living in sanctuary churches as they fight deportation. Currently, nine United Methodist congregations are serving as hosts. The United Methodist Immigration Task Force is urging all church members to support these persons by praying for them and sending postcards expressing support. The denomination’s Board of Church and Society, Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Women have joined in this call.


How Accurate are Church Membership Numbers?

7/9/2019

Church membership data plays a critical role in denominational decision-making, but the numbers come with uncertainty. Heather Hahn explains how church leaders gather the information and the role it plays.


Becoming a Culturally Competent Leader through Empathy, Curiosity, and Self-Awareness

7/2/2019

Cross-racial and cross-cultural (CR/CC) ministry is a gift from God. It is a gift in the sense that God opens up an opportunity for a pastor and a parish to embody the diversity within the body of Christ.


Bishops pose 5 questions to Judicial Council on Traditional Plan

6/26/2019

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as the Traditional Plan by the 2019 General Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, in February.


UMCOR Calls for Solidarity Sunday for Suffering Children

6/26/2019

In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is calling for a Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children on Sunday, June 30.


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