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Using animation to battle Ebola

United Methodist Communications, Chocolate Moose Media and iHeed have collaborated to produce a new animated video that aims to dispel myths about Ebola and help save lives. Read More

Music or dance ensembles sought for General Conference

United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2016 General Conference. Read More

United Methodist churches work together to fight hunger

Local United Methodist churches will Rethink Church and fight hunger this fall with a new effort aimed at feeding individuals and equipping communities near and far. Read More

United Methodist college students Imagine What’s NEXT

Hundreds of college students will gather November 7-9 for a weekend of discernment, fellowship, worship and inspiration. Read More

Mission agency will match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part... Read More

Judicial Council to Hear Case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will conduct an Oral Hearing in the case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer on October 22, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel at 185 Union Avenue... Read More

Agency Heads Meet with White House Staff: Discuss Issues of Common Concern

Staff of the Obama administration and the heads of the agencies of The United Methodist Church discussed issues of common concern. Read More

Connectional Table to host human sexuality live stream

The Connectional Table seeks input and questions from United Methodists for November 1 event. Read More

Communications Chief Exec to Retire Next Year

The Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, announced today his plans to retire in the next 9-10 months. Read More

Jill Costello, project manager with the ICT4D Church Initiatives at United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn., sends an historic text message regarding the Ebola outbreak on the morning of August 19 to Julu Swen in the office of Liberia Bishop John G. Innis.

United Methodist Communications fights Ebola with technology

United Methodist Communications has implemented a communications strategy aimed at controlling Ebola, saving lives and comforting those affected. Read More

2016 General Conference Logo Unveiled

The Commission on the General Conference has chosen a logo for the 2016 General Conference. Read More

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, elected to the episcopacy in 2012, serves the Louisiana Episcopal Area. Portrait taken in Aldrich Chapel at First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, La. Photo by Troy Kleinpeter. Accompanies UMNS story #057.  2/29/13.; Photo by Troy Kleinpeter

United Methodists Gathering to Tackle AIDS Crisis

Bishop Cynthia Harvey will provide a clarion call to action to those gathered at the 5th United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Conference "Countdown to Zero: Just Save One." Read More

Bishops urge compassion, prayer for border crisis

The Council of Bishops calls on United Methodists to pray and show compassion in response to the rise in migrant children crossing the U.S. border. Read More

2015 Program Calendar offers 10% off

Order 2015 UM Program Calendar by August 31 to get 10% discount Read More

Bishop McLee to take leave of absence

Bishop Martin McLee of the New York Episcopal Area will take a leave of absence for a time of healing and restoration, for a period of up to six months. Read More

Imagine No Malaria launches new website

With easy navigation, the new website offers visitors a visual introduction to malaria, which claims a life every 60 seconds. Read More

Committee on Appeals reaches decision in Schaefer case

The Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals has reinstated Frank Schaefer, former pastor of Iona (Penn.) United Methodist Church, who was defrocked after a Nov. 2013 church trial.' } Read More

UMC Giving launches new website

United Methodist Giving helps local churches exercise generosity and faith together with the launch of a new website. Read More

Diverse speakers headline upcoming conference on AIDS

Four United Methodist bishops, an international medical AIDS specialist, two seminary professors, local pastors, a Muslim woman, and persons living with HIV will be among speakers at a conference in... Read More

Connectional Table gathers feedback on the worldwide nature of the church

The Connectional Table and the Commission on General Conference are inviting members to join them in conversation about the worldwide nature of the church. Read More

Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks low

More than 90 percent of members say church shouldn’t split over issue. Read More

Germany UMC donates $185,000 to Imagine No Malaria

The United Methodist Church in Germany presented Bishop Thomas Bickerton with a check for $185,000 to go to Imagine No Malaria. Read More

Frank Schaefer appellate hearing June 20

The Committee on Appeals for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will hear the appeal of Frank Schaefer on June 20, 2014. Read More

United Methodist scholars to meet in Hiroshima, Japan May 24-28

United Methodist students and faculty from five continents will gather in Hiroshima, Japan on May 24-28 for the International Association of United Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU) 2014 Conference. Read More

St. Simons learning retreat concludes

As the learning retreat continued, Dr. Christine Pohl shared how hospitality helps to sustain Christian community. Read More

Claremont School of Theology draws support from UMC Leaders

UMC leaders express support for Claremont School of Theology in the wake of its separation from the Claremont Lincoln University. Read More

Leadership Retreat Includes Immersion Experience

During the morning worship, Dr. Christine Pohl discussed living truthfully – a practice we tend to overlook unless it fails. Read More

St. Simons Island Learning Retreat Continues

The residential bishops’ and general secretaries’ learning retreat continued on Monday at Epworth By the Sea. Read More

Learning Retreat Begins at St. Simons Island

The residential bishops’ and general secretaries’ learning retreat began with opening worship led by Dr. Christine Pohl of Asbury Theological Seminary and the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett. Read More

Bishop Brown takes office as Council president

San Francisco area Bishop Warner Brown has begun his term as president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Read More

Church leaders gather for spring learning retreat

Bishops and secretaries of the general agencies will gather May 4-8. Read More

Connectional Table seeks to focus sexuality discussion

The Connectional Table affirmed the value of continuing in conversation about human sexuality. Read More

Imagine No Malaria to Distribute Nets in Sierra Leone

Imagine No Malaria will distribute 400,000 bed nets in the Bo District of Sierra Leone on June 5, 2014. Read More

Connectional Table to Meet in Chicago April 27-30

Christian Conferencing Event to be Broadcast Online Read More

“Cover the ‘Net” on World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is April 25. Show your support for Imagine No Malaria and #CovertheNet across social media networks to raise awareness. Read More

United Methodists raise 80 percent of funding goal

Imagine No Malaria announced on April 25, 2014 that United Methodists are 80 percent of the way toward reaching their goal of raising $75 million by 2015. Read More

A scouting organization loses ties with church

A scouting organization has lost its affiliation with United Methodist organizations. Read More

Video invites communities to Rethink Easter

United Methodist Communications has created a series of videos and worship resources to help local churches Rethink Easter. Read More

Rethink Church launches redesigned website

Spiritual seekers can Rethink Church more easily through the newly redesigned website at Read More

Change the World event reaches five-year milestone

On May 17-18, United Methodists from around the world will pull together for an event to help Change the World in large and small ways. Read More

Complaints filed against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Complaints have been filed against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert alleging he has violated the sacred trust of his office. Read More

Early bird registration now open for ICT4D conference

Registration is open for the Game Changers Summit, a technology conference designed to help churches, universities and organizations connect their global mission agendas with technology solutions for the developing world. Read More

The new is here!

The people of The United Methodist Church have a newly redesigned digital home, The denomination’s website not only has a fresh look, it’s also more functional. Read More

Atlanta event aims to Just Save One from HIV/AIDS

One thousand children are born every day with HIV according to UNAIDS, despite the fact that it costs less than $10 to prevent transmission of the virus from mother to child. Read More

General Conference 2016: Housing for General Conference

The Commission on General Conference has selected Connections Housing as the official accommodations partner for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Read More

Rethink Church releases new mobile app

United Methodist Communications invites you to not only Rethink Church, but to also Rethink Christmas. Read More

EcuFilm to Close

United Methodist Communications announced today that EcuFilm, which provides multimedia resources for small groups and churches, will close at the end of 2013. Read More

Find-A-Church Goes Global

Find-A-Church, the online directory of United Methodist churches, is going global. A mapping project is expanding Find-A-Church to include information on churches outside the U.S. for the first time. Read More

Statement on the death of Nelson Mandela

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, made a statement on the death of Nelson Mandela. Read More

Historic UMC Giving Tuesday is Record-Breaking Day for Mission

Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects and missionaries will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals. Read More

Bishops work toward common goals

“Exploring leadership for an emerging church” will be the theme of the first meeting of the Forum of Residential Bishops, scheduled on May 5-9, 2013 in San Diego. The purpose of... Read More

Minneapolis Chosen as General Conference 2020 Site

The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will meet at the eco-focused Minneapolis Convention Center. Read More

Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony

Following the action of a retired bishop to conduct a same-gender ceremony in violation of church law, the United Methodist Council of Bishops took a series of actions to address... Read More

Delegate Counts Per Annual Conference Released

The secretary of the General Conference, Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist, released today a list of numbers of delegates by annual conferences. Read More

President’s Address: Lead Together as Servants of God

Delivering the President's address at the Council of Bishops today in Lake Junaluska, N.C., Bishop Rosemarie Wenner said that discipleship in the 21st century, as in Biblical times, means... Read More

Grants help prevent malaria in South Sudan

Thanks to two first-time grants, vulnerable people in malaria endemic South Sudan will get the training and medicine needed to prevent deaths from malaria. Read More

Church to Extend Healing Ministries with Native American and Other Indigenous People

The United Methodist Church is taking steps to extend to regional units and local congregations a ministry of repentance and reconciliation with Native American and other indigenous people as part... Read More

Council of Bishops Meet at Lake Junaluska

United Methodist bishops from around the globe will gather in North Carolina at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for the Council of Bishops meeting, November 10-15, 2013. Read More

Advent Resources Urge Simplifying Christmas

United Methodist Communications has created a variety of Advent resources to help churches welcome visitors who may not have a church home this Christmas season. Read More

UM Global AIDS Fund Aims at Saving Newborns from HIV

The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) Committee announced they will initiate a one-year focus on preventing transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to babies during pregnancy, labor, delivery or... Read More

GC2016 Worship/Music Director Named

The Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett of Eagle Creek, Ore. has been named worship and music director for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference by the Commission on the General Conference. Read More

Executive Committee Issues Statement on Same Gender Ceremony Planned by Bishop Talbert

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has announced plans to conduct a same gender marriage ceremony on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Birmingham, Alabama. The Executive Committee of the United Methodist... Read More