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Hurricane Recovery Begins in Florida
By Jim Patterson | UM News Ced Franklin is assisted by sheriff’s officers before being evacuated after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Matlacha, Florida, on Oct. 2. United Methodists in the region are assessing damage and responding to the needs of survivors in the wake of the deadly storm. At least 150 United Methodist churches have been damaged to varying extents, according to the Florida Conference’s disaster response coordinator. Photo by Marco Bello, REUTERS. Key ...
Bishops Push Back Against Recruitment Tactics
As churches weigh exiting the denomination, bishops are trying to set the record straight on misinformation being spread about The United Methodist Church’s future.
Churches Discern Whether to Stay or Go
United Methodists are tackling the question of whether to leave The United Methodist Church because of differences in theology and LGBTQ participation in church life.
Grassroots Groups Talk Up The United Methodist Church
In a time of church disaffiliations, some conferences have seen grassroots groups emerge to advocate for remaining in The United Methodist Church.
WCC General Assembly Closes With Call to ‘Act for Justice’
By Klaus Ulrich Ruof Translated by David W. Scott | KARLSRUHE, Germany (UM News) Faith leaders from around the world join together during the closing prayer service for the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany. From right are: The Rev. Heike Springhart of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Bishop Abraham Mar Paulos of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, Metropolitan Zacariah Mar Nicholovos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, United Methodist Bishops Sally ...
Bishops Call for Rejecting ‘Idolatry of Guns’
By Heather Hahn | UM NEWS During their online meeting Aug. 26, bishops unanimously affirmed a statement addressing gun violence. To stop the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers to God and contact their elected leaders. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via Zoom by UM News. Key points United Methodist bishops are sharing a letter with the wider church that encourages prayer, Bible study and ...
Bishops Agree on Ways to Tackle Gun Violence
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church ended its summer 2022 meeting with a call to act against gun violence and create a uniform approach to deal disaffiliation in their areas.
Bishop Bickerton Urges End to Falsehoods, Pivot to Future
Amid a summer of denominational discontent, Council of Bishops President Thomas J. Bickerton called on fellow bishops and church members to begin pivoting The United Methodist Church toward a hope-filled future.
The Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond Gets Set for Launch
The Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond is being established to honor the late Rev. Dotson, who was chief executive at Discipleship Ministries.
Conferences Take Action on Gun Violence
Days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, United Methodists in the Arkansas Annual Conference had a message for their elected leaders. Do more than offer thoughts and prayers.
106 Florida Churches sue to Exit Denomination
More than 100 churches have jointly filed a lawsuit against the Florida Conference, seeking to leave The United Methodist Church with property without facing a hefty exit payment.
Conferences Diverge in Handling Church Exits
How much does it cost for a congregation to leave The United Methodist Church with property?
Churchwomen put Smiles on Patients' Faces
United Methodist Women in Maun recently celebrated Women’s Month by donating food and toiletries worth $500 U.S. to female patients at Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital, a district facility in Botswana.
Farming Ministry Helps Women Prepare for Retirement
More than 60 members of Harare’s Inner City Circuit United Methodist Church gathered recently at the Agriculture Research Trust farm to gain new skills that will help them prepare for retirement.
Church Responds After Mass Death of Migrants
After the deaths of at least 50 migrants in San Antonio, United Methodists are responding with lament, prayer and renewed efforts to follow Jesus’ command to welcome the stranger.