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UMCOR responding in Afghanistan and Haiti


UMCOR supports Afghans in need In collaboration with long-standing partners, UMCOR is providing humanitarian relief and is prepared to assist with refugee resettlement. For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been wracked by wars, civil strife, invasion and massive amounts of arms shipped in from outside forces. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with high infant and maternal mortality rates, and millions of Afghans have been displaced as refugees over these many years. Today the ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Renewal 2021


“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Dear Friends, I love the rhythm and variety of the four seasons that we experience in North Alabama weather. Fall brings the beauty of turning leaves. Winter’s crisp air and occasional snow cleanses the earth and atmosphere. Spring bursts on the scene with budding branches, blooming flowers and fresh rains. And then there are the long, warm days and the renewing change of pace that come with summer....

Celebrate Recovery can help churches minister to pandemic-related mental health struggles


Did you know Celebrate Recovery is a ministry not just for people struggling with substance abuse, but also for people facing mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, anger, fear and grief? In the video below, North Alabama Conference Director of Celebrate Recovery Rev. Neal Fuller explains why and how your congregation may want to consider starting this ministry now to better serve your community.

UMCOR responding to Haiti earthquake disaster


In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, on Saturday, August 14, Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that caused widespread destruction in the western region of the country. Please join others and extend prayers of comfort for those who died and those who are still missing. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partners in Haiti in finding ways to meet the immediate needs of survivors. Please join UMCOR by making donations through the work of the International ...

Virtual communications conference helps churches move forward


Balancing online, in-person services and hybrid models poses challenges to church leaders. United Methodist Communications’ Training Team will host its second in a series of ecumenical virtual communications learning conferences to equip churches and ministries with next-level communication methods for new era. The Church Communications Workshops Series: Moving the Church Forward through Communication will take place daily from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT on August 24-25, 2021. The conference ...

New Advent resource by Bishop Wallace-Padgett available at 20% discount through August 18


Looking for Advent resources? Bishop Wallace-Padgett has written a resource! Pre-order at 20% discount by August 18 at (Discount code GBTAC). About God Broke Through at Christmas God Broke Through at Christmas is a resource to assist both individuals and small groups in spiritual preparation through the Advent season. Each chapter begins with a meditation and study session guide, followed by daily devotionals for the week. The book focuses on four different aspects of life...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Do No Harm


Dear Friends, I am grateful for how United Methodist churches and leaders in the North Alabama Conference have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much ministry has been accomplished even as we have practiced Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to help mitigate the spread of the virus. One of the North Alabama Conference’s guiding principles throughout the pandemic has been the first of Methodism’s three General Rules “Do No Harm.” Indeed, this is the title of the ...

Southeastern Jurisdiction and Western Jurisdiction plan for church future


By Heather Hahn* UM News Two United Methodist jurisdictions held special online sessions in recent days with an eye toward the denomination’s future. On July 21, the Southeastern Jurisdiction — by a vote of 335 to 3 — approved the long-sought union of the Tennessee and Memphis conferences. With the vote, the new Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference can start operations on January 1. On July 17, the Western Jurisdiction discussed the possibility that it might need to reduce its number of bishops...

Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops calls for special session on July 21


The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶521 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, calls for a special session of the jurisdictional conference on July 21, 2021. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. Central Time) and will be held virtually. The purpose of the special session is to vote on a proposed resolution to unite the Memphis Annual Conference and the Tennessee Annual Conference into the Tennessee-Western Kentucky ...

United Methodist Communications to celebrate Social Media Day June 30 with free learning opportunities


United Methodist Communications will celebrate Social Media Day on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, with free learning opportunities throughout the day, featuring a special live learning session Q&A at 12 p.m. CT – all at United Methodist Communications (UMCom) seeks to equip churches with tools to effectively minister daily via social media platforms. Some of the ways the agency helps local churches are through providing social graphics, how-to-articles, social media training, ...

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