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Be a part of The United Methodist Church 2020 Worldwide Virtual Christmas Choir video!


You’ve seen the videos of choirs and studio singers coming together (digitally) to sing uplifting songs and hymns, creating works of art that in times like these are needed and incredibly inspiring. Now is your chance to be a part of a virtual choir for Christmas! Come together with unified voices to celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior! Congregations will be able to use the video in their Christmas worship services and post to social media. It’s easy to participate. Just follow the steps ...

Virtual Homecoming will celebrate United Methodist Higher Education & Scholars


On Tuesday, October 27 the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation will host a virtual “homecoming” to celebrate Methodism and higher education, UMHEF scholars, and more. The public is invited to follow UMHEF on Facebook, Instagram, and at beginning at 10:00 AM CST on Tuesday, October 27. Festivities will include messages from United Methodist students, spotlights of UM-related institutions of higher education, interactive activities, messages from prominent leaders, and ...

The United Methodist Publishing House is extending permission to use UMPH resources for online worship through December 31, 2020


The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through December 2020. UMPH recognizes the need for easy access to key worship aids as the COVID-19 crisis persists and local churches strive to serve their communities. The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of Worship grants permission as follows: “United Methodist congregations may reproduce for worship or educational purposes any item from The ...

Global Ministries still in mission throughout the world


Our world has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every country has had its share in many aspects of human life. We are encouraged daily by stories of hope shared by God’s people across the globe. God’s redemptive story continues to unfold each day and we are called to be part of that story. Regardless of what is going on in our world, we are still called to be in mission with God’s people from everywhere to everywhere. We are thankful for our worldwide mission relief and development agency, ...

Council of Bishops statement on the Scourge of Racism


The past few weeks have left many hurt, angry and outraged as we have witnessed the deaths of unarmed Black persons at the hands of police and racism; Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and the countless others whose names are known only to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. Many bishops have worked to amplify and magnify one another’s voices. The words of Bishop Bruce Ough, resident Bishop of Minneapolis area, were a clarion call to the crisis before us, “There is more ...

UMCOR expands efforts to respond to coronavirus pandemic; launches COVID-19 Response Fund


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is expanding its efforts in the fight against COVID-19. UMCOR has launched a giving campaign, “Sheltering in Love,” to assist vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Partners in China, Africa and the Philippines ...

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 ...

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