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GBHEM Loans & Scholarships to Offer Financial Relief Measures


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic will cause financial hardship for many graduate and undergraduate students. In response to the economic impact of the global pandemic, the GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships has made some important updates to its policies. New 2020 guidelines – including a loan payment suspension option – are outlined below. Anyone with questions regarding these items should contact the Office of Loans and ...

Council of Bishops asks all to join day of prayer to rid the world of COVID-19; sets virtual meeting


To the People of the United Methodist Church, The executive committee, meeting by phone earlier today, cared for three agenda items: 1.  We join with Pope Francis in calling for prayer tomorrow, March 25, drawing strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.  And all are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their ...

Proposed new General Book of Discipline review documents available


Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.   The United Methodist Church’s Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters has launched—an online resource that makes it easy to review tracked changes to the proposed new General Book of Discipline as a means of offering transparency, and informing and stimulating conversation within the church. Members can now choose to view the content as the proposed final document version or a version with edit notations. The latter highlights revised text ...

Four in ten seekers would visit a UMC

by: UMC General Church


A new survey from United Methodist Communications found willingness to visit a United Methodist Church rose to 42 percent in 2019 among U.S. adults seeking more spirituality in their lives and who are aware of the denomination. That's up from 28 percent in 2017. About half of those who would be willing to visit a United Methodist church said they would definitely or probably do so in the next three months. Millennials are more likely than GenX-ers to say they would probably visit. Among those ...

Global Ministries to commission new United Methodist EarthKeepers for environmental stewardship

by: UMC General Church


North Alabama’s Rev. Adam Burns is one of the 67 new EarthKeepers to be commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries in an online service on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. CST at  The service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.  Commissioning online creates the opportunity for all three classes of EarthKeepers trained in 2019 to be commissioned together while minimizing ...

Discipleship Ministries produces official study guide for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” movie starring Tom Hanks

by: UMC General Church


Sony Pictures invited Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to produce the faith-based study guide to accompany the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The film stars Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. Discipleship Ministries produced the official faith-based discussion guide in collaboration with Sony Entertainment. It was written by staff from the Strategic Programming unit and the Office of Communications of Discipleship Ministries. The guide is designed to help groups ...

World Communion Sunday is October 6

by: UMC General Church


World Communion Sunday celebration for 2019 is October 6 this year. United Methodist Communications has assembled resources to encourage and jumpstart your congregation's celebration. They include sermon starters, talking points, bulletin inserts, videos and other resources that will help educate your congregation on the importance of supporting this churchwide special Sunday with offering. World Communion Sunday began in 1936 as a way to recognize our ecumenical oneness in Christ and to bring ...

General Conference 2020 Deadline Extended for Worship Groups and Liturgists


United Methodist choirs, worship ensembles and liturgists from around the world have an opportunity to be part of the worship experience of the 2020 General Conference. Creatives may apply* to share their talents while leading the church body during The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly meeting May 5 -15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline for submission has been extended to September 15, 2019. Individuals interested in writing original liturgy for General Conference ...

GBCS members visit border, issue statement on immigration


Rev. Stephanie Arnold, a member of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), recently spent time at the U.S.-Mexico border. Here are her insights and a video of her impressions of that experience. I had the privilege to be part of a delegation from the General Board of Church and Society in an immersion experience on the Texas/Mexico southern border at the end of October. This visit took place prior to our annual GBCS board meeting. Throughout the trip we heard, “We need more eyes ...

Hymnal Revision Committee Seeks New Material


The Liturgical Resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The collection of liturgical and music resources will be presented to the 2024 General Conference for approval. While all worship-related resources are welcome at any time, the Committee particularly invites the submission of resources for the following between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019:  Baptism  Confirmation  Renewal of ...

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