Coronavirus: Need to Know Resources and Information

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.

COB congratulates Bishop Domingos as 5th Chancellor of Africa University


The Council of Bishops is congratulating Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos of the West Angola Episcopal Area on his election as the 5th Chancellor of Africa University.

Juneteenth Celebrates Freedom


Juneteenth (celebrated on June 19) commemorates the day enslaved African-Americans in west Texas learned of their freedom as granted by the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier. This group of people in west Texas was the last to find out about the proclamation declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read General Order Number 3in Galveston, Texas ...

Churches Have Role in Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy


President Joe Biden has set a national goal of 70% of U.S. adults with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, and he’s hoping that the faith community will help to achieve it.

Former bishop known for 'Reconciling Spirit'


James E. Dorff, a former United Methodist bishop remembered for his ability to bring people together, died June 7 after a three-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Hanke Looks Back at UM Men Tenure


  Gilbert C. Hanke reflects on nearly 12 years as the chief executive of United Methodist Men from his office at the agency in Nashville, Tenn. He will retire after a new leader is selected. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News. By Jim Patterson | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News)  Key points:  • The longtime leader of United Methodist Men, Gil Hanke, is preparing for retirement.  • Hanke’s accomplishments include helping thousands of men gather for weekly virtual class meetings.  • He’s also put an ...

Bishop Arichea, Bible scholar, dies at 87


Bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr. — a Bible scholar who championed full inclusion of LGBTQ people in church life — died June 1 in Taguig, Philippines, of complications related to COVID-19. He was 87.

Rev. Simeon C. Law Appointed Metropolitan District Superintendent for the New York Annual Conference


Rev. Simeon C. Law will step into the position of Metropolitan District Superintendent for the New York Annual Conference on July 1.

Meet Kevin Feltz, NYAC’s New Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration


The impending retirement of Ross Williams, New York Annual Conference (NYAC) Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration, left a pair of very big shoes to fill. But one prospect, Kevin Feltz—a finance and administration executive with over two decades working in the non-profit and faith communities—rose to the top of the pile.

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