Coronavirus: Need to Know Resources and Information

Rev. Elizabeth Abel Appointed to Serve as Long Island West District Superintendent


Rev. Elizabeth Abel, pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, has been appointed Superintendent of the Long Island West District.

Rev. Inkoo Chung Appointed to Serve as New York-Connecticut District Superintendent


Rev. Inkoo Chung, pastor of Huntington UMC in Shelton, Connecticut, has been appointed Superintendent of the New-York Connecticut District.

Why We Need a Black History Month


African American history teacher, Carter G. Woodson, perceived that the only books written, and the only courses taught about American history distorted the story of African Americans. In 1915,  he created an organization called the National Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

Changes, Expansion for United Methodist Men


Greg Arnold is the new chief executive of United Methodist Men. Arnold has extensive backgrounds in both business and men’s ministry and he is planning to extend the agency’s reach quickly.

Bishops, Others Denounce WCA’s Vaccine Plan


United Methodist bishops and other church leaders are raising alarm bells about an advocacy group’s plan to help some General Conference delegates gain access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Trailblazing Bishop Wilbur Choy Dies at 103


Bishop Wilbur Choy —the first Asian American bishop elected in The United Methodist Church — has died at age 103.

Churches Face Another Test with Omicron


Some United Methodist churches in the U.S. are moving back to online worship only because of the fast spread of the omicron variant.

Preserving Black Church History


The African American Methodist Heritage Center exists to preserve and tell the story of African American Methodists. Its leaders would like to add to its collection and make it more accessible, but major fundraising is needed after a fallow period caused mostly by the coronavirus pandemic.

UMC Negotiators Reach Settlement in the Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan


Negotiators for The United Methodist Church have reached a settlement for the denomination to pay $30 million as part of the Boy Scouts of America’s bankruptcy reorganization plan.

UMC Reaches Settlement in Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy Case


United Methodist leaders have reached a settlement in the matter of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) pending bankruptcy proceedings. Upon final court approval, the settlement would absolve any claims of sexual abuse that may have occurred in congregation-sponsored Scouting programs.

Life is a Marathon: Lessons from a Retired Pastor


Retired United Methodist clergy, Rev. John Capen, now 84, competed in the recent 2021 TCS New York City Marathon. Capen, who has run in more than 150 marathons, says the lessons you learn in running marathons can be applied to life. is with him.

Missionary Covenant Support: How Congregations Can Help


Your church can make a covenant, pray for and support our 220 missionaries serving in 60 countries sharing the good news, inviting all to warm themselves in the light of Christ, and transforming the world for the Kin-dom of God.

Pandemic-Related Stress Makes Clergy Self-Care Even More Important


Statistics say that one out of every five people in the general population will experience a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, during their lifetime. Unfortunately, comparable statistics for clergy aren’t much different.

COVID Sparks Interest in BeADisciple Courses


A growing number of students are taking advantage of the online courses offered by BeADisciple. Certifications are avalable in specialties including children’s ministry, evangelism, spiritual formation and Christian care and counseling.

Bishops Take on Climate, Finances, Vaccines


Over a busy three and half hours, United Methodist bishops spent the last day of their fall online meeting making a range of decisions on church life and global challenges.

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