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Participants gather as they shelter in place to wait out Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda.

Report from TAGAYTAY, Philippines 7:45 AM

Youth and Young Adults from across the connection are safely sheltering in place in Tagaytay, Philippines during Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda. Read More

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Global Ministries Statement on Human Rights for All People

United Methodists are increasingly aware of the violation of human rights through the criminalization of homosexuality in countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, and India. Read More

Celebrating Women’s History month in the UMC

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is celebrating Women's History Month with special resources every day of March. Read More

La Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico celebra la vida de Iris Janet Rivera Casanova

La ingeniera Iris Janet Rivera Casanova, esposa del Rdo. Dr. Juan A. Vera Méndez, Obispo Emeritus de la Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico, falleció en horas de la noche... Read More

Prayers Requested in Ukraine

Read an update and prayer request from John Calhoun, a United Methodist missionary serving in Ukraine. Dearest friends of the UMC in Ukraine, Peace to you all from Kyiv. It... Read More

March worship resources available

Inclusive/expansive-language prayers, calls to worship and liturgies that can be used in March (Women's History Month) are available... Read More

Clergy diversity mirrors membership

The number of United Methodist clergy of color increased by 7.6% in the United States over a five-year period, according to an analysis by the General Commission on the Status and... Read More

‘Do No Harm’ event to get new date

Plans for "Do No Harm 2015," a sexual ethics summit addressing prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct and harassment of a sexual nature within The United Methodist Church, are being... Read More

Rev. David Cosmiano is a United Methodist district superintendent for Eastern Visayas in the Philippines, a region heavily impacted by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Photo credit: Jerome Mercado

UMCOR’s Return to Leyte

By Rev. David D. Cosmiano, District Superintendent, United Methodist Church, Eastern Visayas District, Philippines. On December 5-6, 2013, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) returned to Leyte Province in the... Read More

Free GCSRW webinar series begins Feb. 4

A series of webinars aimed at helping develop principled leaders in The United Methodist Church is being offered this year by the General Commission on the Status and Role of... Read More

Is sexual misconduct still an issue?

Is sexual misconduct an issue of concern in The United Methodist Church? The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women reports some interesting responses to sexual ethics questions... Read More

The Present Political Crisis in Ukraine

Missionary John Calhoun offers insight into how United Methodists are responding to the political crisis in Ukraine. As we begin a new year, the people of Read More

Women now 1 of 4 UMC clergy in U.S.

Despite a slight decline in the number of United Methodist clergy in the U.S., the percentage of women is growing. As of 2011, the most recent figures available, women were 25... Read More

Tornado Survivors: “It’s Going To Take a Long Time”

Just as Shelly Kerker was about to leave the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, IL last Sunday, the pastors told the congregation and staff they needed to shelter-in-place immediately.... Read More

UMCOR Responds to Midwest Tornadoes

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with affected conferences to assist with immediate relief needs after tornadoes left widespread damage on Sunday, November 17. Read More

Staff members and volunteers for the United Methodist Committee on Relief pray in their Manila office after preparing bags of relief supplies for transport to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose

UMCOR relief truck ready to roll

Volunteers and staff of the United Methodist Committee on Relief loaded a cargo truck with bright yellow bags filled with relief goods this evening, and are now ready to begin... Read More

Bishops share thoughts on women’s role in UMC

Some United Methodist bishops have joined the conversation as the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women continues to assess how the church is meeting its mandate for... Read More

GCSRW’s Elaine Moy captures some points during a discussion on women’s issues.

Groups explore ways of supporting women in UMC

Representatives of six organizations of The United Methodist Church gathered in Chicago Oct. 22 to discuss how they could coordinate their efforts to meet the needs of women across the denomination. ... Read More

The board of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women met Sept. 19-21 in Chicago.

GCSRW board taking pulse of constituents

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is talking with women and men across The United Methodist Church to gauge the progress of its work for “full... Read More

Gary and Jackie Wilkie describe work that needs to be completed in the parsonage in Prattsville, N.Y., two years after the community was ravaged by Hurricane Irene.

2 Years After Irene: Catskills Slowly Recovering

In the two years since flash floods spawned by Hurricane Irene ripped across the Catskills, the churches in hard-hit towns like Prattsville and Margaretville have played vital roles in the... Read More

Messages of Peace and Solidarity with Kenya and Pakistan

Responding to news about the violence in Pakistan and Kenya this weekend, the head of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, Thomas Kemper, said “as parts of the... Read More