Coronavirus: Need to Know Resources and Information

Hurricane Ida Takes Out Church buildings


Hurricane Ida causes major damage across southeast Louisiana, including to United Methodist buildings.

Funding for Bishops Improves but Still Shaky


The fund that supports The United Methodist Church’s bishops is no longer in immediate danger of going into the red. However, United Methodist financial leaders still warn of possible perils ahead for the Episcopal Fund — especially with a potential denominational split on the horizon.

UMCOR Issues First Grants for Haiti Relief


In response to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on Aug. 14, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners to provide urgently needed medical supplies to Haitian hospitals.

Pastor Reflects on Abuses at Indian Boarding Schools


The discovery of the unmarked graves of students of Indian boarding schools in Canada sparked a similar probe in the U.S. Methodist entities were involved in running some of the boarding schools, which were notorious for harsh treatment of students.

Bishop Beverly Shamana Dies at Age 81


Bishop Beverly J. Shamana—the second black woman elected as a bishop in the history of the UMC—died this week in California at age 81.

In Search of Historic Pictures of the Cornerstone Community Church Parish House


Work is underway on the Parish House at Cornerstone Community Church — and the construction manager needs your help to restore this historic house to its former glory.

Churches Mask Up, Close Doors as Virus Spikes


With the more-contagious delta variant of COVID-19 surging across the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now urge even vaccinated people to mask up again in high- and substantial-transmission areas.

Young Methodists Raising Climate Change Awareness


An international group of young Methodists, dubbed Climate Justice for All, or CJ4A, is posting videos and other information on a website to help educate people about the threat of climate change.

Two Jurisdictions Plan for Church Future


Two United Methodist jurisdictions held special online sessions in recent days with an eye toward the denomination’s future.

Agencies Sell Jointly Owned Building


With reduced staff and more people working from home, two United Methodist agencies have sold a jointly owned building and are moving in together across the street.

Congregations Eagerly Embrace VBS Opportunities


Vacation Bible school, a favorite summer staple for churches big and small, is back in 2021, and United Methodists are optimistic.

Anti-Racism Campaign Marks One Year


The first year of the Dismantling Racism campaign made progress but was hampered by the shutdowns around the coronavirus pandemic.

Bishop Yeakel, Caring Leader, Dies at 93


United Methodists remember Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel as a wise, caring leader who did not seek his own glory but instead sought to include others in glorifying God.

US Bishops Take on Expanded Assignments


Starting Sept 1, United Methodist bishops across the United States will take on additional work as some of their colleagues retire.

Social Media Takes Disciple-Making Global


The strain of the pandemic is real, but so is the innovation. Where once preachers traveled the sawdust trail, many United Methodist pastors now log onto Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, Instagram or WhatsApp to reach new people.

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