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World Communion Sunday is October 6


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 ...

Judicial Council hearings to be accessible via livestream


The United Methodist Judicial Council will partner with United Methodist Communications to livestream oral hearings held during the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland. All of the oral hearings will take place on October 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time) – which is six hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. The hearings will be open to the public and broadcast on the denomination’s website,, as well as via Facebook at ...

Courageous Conversations resources from Discipleship Ministries help congregations discuss Commission on a Way Forward plans


United Methodist congregations can face potentially difficult discussions about plans submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward by using resources available from the Courageous Conversations project at Discipleship Ministries.   The commission’s three plans, which will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, offer ways to move the denomination past its decades-long struggle with issues around LGBTQ.   “So how do we have conversations about the plans so that ...

GBHEM Scholarships help seminary students avoid debt and feel church’s commitment


Divinity students who receive Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarships from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) not only avoid accumulating thousands of dollars in debt, but also gain confidence in their ability to complete seminary and in the United Methodist Church’s commitment to their ministry. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 199 Master of Divinity students received $1,632.500 from the scholarship program, with individual award amounts ranging from $2,500 to ...

United Methodist News Service launches UM News website


United Methodist News Service, the official newsgathering agency of The United Methodist Church, has announced the launch of its new stand-alone website, “ allows for a better reader experience filled with engaging multimedia content and beautiful photographs that illustrate the news stories,” said news editor Vicki Brown. “We’ll be hosting UMNS Daily Digest articles and sharing big stories from local churches, annual conferences, and general agencies. With more space for ...

UMC Bishops call for prayers in aftermath of 232nd mass shooting in US in 2018


The Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter, who is also the resident bishop of the Florida Area, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the mass shooting today in Jacksonville, Florida, USA: “We are saddened again to learn of another mass shooting in Florida. We are praying for the people of the city of Jacksonville. We are grateful for the leadership of District Superintendent Jay Therrell and our churches across this community. They are already strong and vital ...

The Upper Room launches Discovery Weekend for middle school students


On April 24, 2018, the following news was posted on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. The Upper Room announces the launch of Discovery Weekend, a spiritual formation retreat program for middle school students to be held in local congregations. The weekend retreat provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to learn about and experience the love of God. High school students, youth workers, and the church staff lead the weekend, while parents and the church family surround them with faithful ...

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