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GBHEM releases 2016 Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry released a new Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call: Candidacy Guidebook on April 12. Designed for group candidacy mentoring, this resource provides a more robust discussion of United Methodist beliefs, and defines the sharp distinction between the discernment the application processes. It includes a guide to assist mentors as they lead discussions and prepare mentor reports. The guidebook features two new chapters, Health and Wholeness, and ...

Church Vitality Leader to Head Discipleship Ministries


The Discipleship Ministries Board of Directors has elected Rev. Junius Boyd Dotson, a well-known preacher, speaker, trainer, consultant and coach promoting vital ministries, as the agency’s new General Secretary (chief executive). Dotson, an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference, is senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church, a 3,500-member, multi-campus church in Wichita. His election came at the board’s meeting last week in Overland Park, Kansas. “Junius Dotson knows how to ...

Invitation to join in prayer for San Bernardino - Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.


Graphic from Tonight at 6 p.m. PST United Methodists in the San Bernardino area are gathering with their Bishop and District Superintendent for a Prayer Vigil. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Bishop of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area, has extended an invitation to all United Methodists to be in prayer with them during that time. Tonight at 8 p.m. CST you are invited to pause, wherever you are, and join your heart with our brothers and sisters in San Bernardino in prayer.

Dec. 1 is UMC #GivingTuesday - a day to activate love, transform lives, and change the world


On Dec. 1, United Methodists will come together for the third year to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. Sponsored by the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries, individuals, churches, and annual conferences (regional offices) combine Advent and Christmas seasonal giving with global mission and outreach opportunities. The theme for the 2015 campaign is “Activate Love. Transform Lives. Change the World.” Momentum has been building for several ...

Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks


The President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued the following statement about the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris: John 11:35 Jesus wept. This week, we weep for those in Paris. We weep for the senseless violence. We weep for the innocents whose lives were cut short. We weep for those who are grieving, who are frightened, who are hurting. We weep for those whose hearts are breaking, in France and all over the world. As several world leaders have stated, this is an attack on...

The Upper Room Launches New Website to Engage Users in Global Issues


Moyo: The Place Where Contemplation and Action Meet  Upper Room Ministries announces the launch of a new online initiative called Moyo ( to help users engage with important global issues like clean water, racial justice, and disaster relief. Visitors of the site will follow a Guided Path (Encounter, Reflect, and Act) to study, reflect, and then physically engage with an issue through multiple offline opportunities. In addition to the Guided Path, visitors can stay informed ...

Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary


by Thomas Kemper  General Secretary, General Board of Global Ministries The United Methodist Church The arrival in Europe of massive numbers of Middle Eastern refugees is causing crises for humanitarian organizations and churches as well as for governments. At such a time, scripture draws us to Matthew 25:35b: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” Jesus said in a sermon about the behavior he expects of those whose lives reflect the grace and love of God. The thousands of displaced persons ...

United Methodist branding toolkit now available


United Methodist Communications is offering a new toolkit to make it easy for local churches, annual conferences, general agencies and other denominational entities to adopt more unified branding across the connection. The Cross and Flame, the official logo of The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 when The Methodist Church joined together with the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The trademarked insignia has become an instantly recognizable symbol for The United Methodist Church ...

Council of Bishops issues pastoral letter on racism


BERLIN:  The Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism to the 12.8 million people of The United Methodist Church affirming the sacredness of all lives and renewing their commitment to work for an anti-racist, pro-humanity church. The action came at the end of the Council’s weeklong meeting in Berlin after prayerful reflection and discussion about the topic. Earlier in the week, President of the Council Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. had also issued a letter calling for prayer and ...

Newscope To Cease Publication


The United Methodist Publishing House, publisher of Newscope, has announced that Newscope will cease publication as of the April 1, 2015, issue, after forty-three years of serving United Methodist leaders with news and information of interest from around the globe.   Originally an experiment, this weekly news digest included accounts of UMs in action, annual conference reports, highlights of work related to the Four Areas of Focus, forthcoming events, and other items of interest, often involving...

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