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Pamela Roshell, flanked by faith leaders and other health officials, addresses a press conference on ending childhood obesity at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Roshell is regional director of Region IV of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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“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 today 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 RethinkChurch.org. 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 UMC.org is here!

The people of The United Methodist Church have a newly redesigned digital home, UMC.org. 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

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

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

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

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

Global AIDS Fund kicks off Season of Hope Dec. 1

The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund committee urges local congregations to observe World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and to commit to Just Save One child from contracting the disease. The committee... Read More

United Methodist Communications to host first ICT4D Conference

Learn how to strengthen the global community through technology and stronger communications. Read More

United Methodist HBCUs recruit minorities in STEM

United Methodist historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), supported by The United Methodist Church's Black College Fund, are working to recruit more women and minorities in the academic areas of... Read More

United Methodist Communications Offers New Online Courses

United Methodist Communications is offering two new online training courses beginning Sept. 18, specifically designed to meet the growing demand for training in social media and new technologies, as well as... Read More

Using technology to fight malaria

Pierre Omadjela, Director of Communications and Development for the Central Congo Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, won third place in the inaugural Visual Networking Index Service Awards Program... Read More

Financial initiative benefits local church members

UMCmarket will allow members of The United Methodist Church the opportunity to shop online at some of their favorite places while generating a donation to their local church. Read More

5 Ways You Can Help the Oklahoma Tornado Survivors

The human spirit shines in times of disaster. In the aftermath of the May 20 tornado that destroyed parts of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding towns, individual volunteers and community groups across... Read More

Momentum building for Imagine No Malaria

Financial commitments to Imagine No Malaria have doubled in the past year, moving the campaign past its June benchmark goal of $40 million ahead of schedule. Read More

Imagine No Malaria releases updated “Killer in the Dark” documentary

Documentary narrated by actress Pauley Perrette from top-rated TV show "NCIS" will air on NBC affiliates through November 3. Read More

Residential Bishops Forum to Conclude Today

Wednesday's meeting of the Residential Bishops Forum in San Diego began with worship as Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the Raleigh Episcopal Area preached about the Scripture, "Why does your... Read More

Bishops’ Learning Forum Extends to Border

Leaders traveled to the U.S.Mexico border to meet some of the people who live and work nearby and learn more about the issues they face. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Begin First Forum Meeting

Active bishops of The United Methodist Church began the first meeting of the Forum of Residential Bishops Read More

Forum of Bishops Meeting Continues

The second day of the learning forum for bishops serving annual conferences around the world focused on the strengths of The United Methodist Church Read More