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North Alabama Conference to "Pray Our Way Forward" January 15-21


Joining Annual Conferences worldwide in pursuit of God's guidance, the North Alabama Conference will participate in "Praying Our Way Forward" the week of January 15-21, 2017. This initiative of the Council of Bishops invites Annual Conferences to spend the week praying for a way forward. During this time all Conferences are asked to pray for the United Methodist Church’s effectiveness in our mission of disciple-making and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. As a response to ...

Survey Seeks Input for New United Methodist Hymnal


United Methodists are being asked to name their favorite and least favorite hymns as part of the initial research conducted by Discipleship Ministries and a diverse committee to revise The United Methodist Hymnal after almost three decades. The first of several online surveys is underway to support the development of the new hymnal, which will be a hybrid print/electronic resource for use in multiple contexts. “We are a singing church, and this survey will help us launch an important new hymnal ...

Cokesbury launches Christmas campaign to help the refugee crisis


Donating Portion of Sales this December Today our world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record with an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world being forced from their homes, 10 million stateless people denied a nationality and access to basic rights, and nearly 34,000 people forcibly displaced daily due to conflict or persecution in their homeland. In response to this need for help, online Christian retailer is taking strides to offer hope to those in...

UMC #GivingTuesday will be November 29


As a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ, your participation is vital to living out God’s mission through The United Methodist Church. Every day you are giving light, giving love, and giving to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. November 29, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. The Advance remains committed to sustaining a strong foundation that allows ...

Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members


Washington, D.C.— The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. "After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected eight bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and one deacon to serve on the Commission," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. "This group is representative of our theological diversity." Ough said the makeup of the 32-member commission is roughly comparable to U.S. and Central ...

North Alabama’s Rev. Dale Cohen named to United Methodist Publishing House Board


The Board of The United Methodist Publishing House (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) met at its new Nashville headquarters building on October 10-12, 2016, to organize for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. Rev. Dale Cohen, Senior Pastor of Canterbury UMC in Birmingham, will serve on the UMPH board as a member of the Customer Focus Committee. The newly constituted board made up of 25 members (down from the previous 43 members by action of the General Conference to achieve a more workable size and reduce ...

Commission on the Way Forward: Membership Selection Progresses


The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has narrowed the list of potential nominees for membership on the Commission on the Way Forward from over 300 persons to 29. The group includes 8 bishops, 13 clergy, and 8 laity who are representative of our global connection and theological diversity. Letters have been sent to those individuals informing them they have been nominated for membership on the Commission, sharing the mission, vision and scope of the work before them, as well as a ...

Applications Sought for Hymnal Revision Committee Members


Discipleship Ministries is accepting applications for committee members who will revise The United Methodist Hymnal with a new collection of hymns and rituals that allows United Methodists to more deeply engage as disciples and proclaimers of the gospel through their singing and worship. Members of the Hymnal Revision Committee will be selected this fall by Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Publishing House, the Council of Bishops, and the Association of United Methodist Theological ...

Council of Bishops President Addresses Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election Results


The South Central Jurisdiction meeting in Kansas was still in session on Friday, July 15, 2016, when the Western Jurisdiction elected Rev. Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco to serve as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. Rev. Oliveto has been described as “an openly lesbian clergyperson." The South Central Jurisdiction voted to ask the Judicial Council of our church to render a declaratory decision on the legality of this action as soon as possible. ...

Global Ministries seeks 10,000 U.S. churches to engage their communities with healthy lifestyle choices


The Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children initiative seeks to engage at least 10,000 churches in the United States to develop and support healthy lifestyle choices in their communities. Global Ministries is encouraging churches to engage their neighboring communities by promoting physical activity, a healthy diet and nutrition, providing education for tobacco and drug-free living, and promoting mental health education. The 10,000-church challenge provides an opportunity for congregations to ...

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