Coronavirus: Need to Know Resources and Information

Staying Safe Online: Three Simple Rules for Engaging With Suspicious Email Messages


According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, gift cards are a scammer’s favorite way to steal money (see accompanying image).  Key to protecting yourself, the FTC explains, is know note that Gift cards are for gifts, not for payments.

United Methodist Bishops Reconsider May 8 Special Session of General Conference


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met on Monday, March 22, 2021 in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters related to the Council’s work.

Asians and Asian-Americans of the UMC Condemn the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.


The Asian and Asian American Bishops of the United Methodist Church, the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists, the Asian American Language Ministry Plan, along with other Asian American leaders and academics of the United Methodist Church, strongly condemn the surge in xenophobic violence against Asian Americans and especially violence against the Asian American elderly.

Enough is Enough: Church Must Break Its Silence on Racial Violence


Once again, women of color have been murdered in a society that glorifies racist and sexist violence. As the leader of a Christian entity that seeks to confront racism in all its forms, in the name of Jesus—my heart goes out to the victims, their families, and their communities. And I offer this question to my Christian community: When will we, the followers of Jesus, get frustrated enough and convicted enough by our faith to cry out, intercede, and transform?

Rev. Ximena A. Diaz-Varas Appointed to Serve as Assistant to Bishop Bickerton


It is with great pleasure that we announce that Rev. Ximena A. Diaz-Varas has been appointed to serve as Assistant to Bishop Bickerton, effective July 1, 2021.

Introducing Myself and Retirement: Thoughts on Life With Even More Adventures to Come


Rev. Robert M. Walker, Assistant to the Bishop, is retiring effective July 1, 2021 — and he's looking forward to this new chapter.

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.

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