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Discipleship Ministries invites you to be a part of The United Methodist Church Easter Virtual Choir

3/1/2021

Last year Discipleship Ministries created an opportunity for United Methodists worldwide to join in an Easter virtual choir video. The virtual choir brought together people from different countries, congregations, and communities, providing the sense that we are united even in the midst of a pandemic. This year there is a new opportunity to be a part of a worldwide video for Easter Sunday. Congregations from all around will be able to use this video in their upcoming Easter worship services and ...


New book celebrates and offers reflections on 200 years of Methodist global missions

2/15/2021

Two years ago, Global Ministries began the celebration of the 200th anniversary of organized mission in what is now The United Methodist Church. Now a new book, Methodist Mission at 200: Serving Faithfully Amid the Tensions, edited by former general secretary Thomas Kemper and director of mission theology Dr. David W. Scott, commemorates this bicentennial and invites reflection on mission past and consideration of present and mission future. The book tells the story of the church’s global ...


Several United Methodist General Agencies name new leaders

11/24/2020

Over the last several months several United Methodist General Agencies have named new leaders.  Below is a roundup of those announcements. Roland Fernandes begins leadership of Global Ministries Roland Fernandes, a dedicated servant leader and experienced administrator, has begun his term as general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. In this role, he will also serve as general secretary of the United Methodist ...


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

11/19/2020

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

10/20/2020

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 https://umhef.org 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 ...


UMPH Extending Permission to Use Resources for Online Worship through July 31, 2021

9/8/2020

The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through July 31, 2021.  Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is assuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common English Bible for online worship and studies. The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of Worship grants permission as follows:  “United Methodist ...


Global Ministries still in mission throughout the world

7/21/2020

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

6/8/2020

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

4/22/2020

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

3/30/2020

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 ...


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