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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...

General Board of Discipleship has become Discipleship Ministries


Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD. The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy L. Bias, General Secretary (chief executive) of Discipleship Ministries.   “The shift from General Board of Discipleship to Discipleship Ministries was an intentional decision to more clearly communicate ...

Human Relations Day is Jan. 18, 2015


Human Relations Day is Jan. 18, 2015.  One of United Methodism’s six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings, Human Relations Day calls us to extend a helping hand to those in crisis so they can overcome formidable obstacles. The offering supports Community Developers, United Voluntary Services and Youth Offender Rehabilitation programs.   Below is a collection of resources for you to download and use in the local church for Human Relations Day promotion.    Human Relations Day Pastor and ...

UMC #GivingTuesday Shows the Strength of a Denomination United


Thank you! graphic from   United Methodists once again responded with extravagant generosity on UMC #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, more than $2.5 million was donated online through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million in gifts to help build excitement and leverage donations. More than 770 projects and missionaries received more 8,700 gifts through UMC ...

December 2 is UMC #GivingTuesday


You’ve head of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” Do you know about #GivingTuesday? December 2, 2014, is UMC #GivingTuesday. It is way you can join with others to transform the world by supporting organizations and ministries making a difference in people’s lives. This is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. Every gift made online through The Advance at on Dec. 2, 2014, will be matched up to $1 million.* *Global ...

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