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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 the five-day meeting is to create a learning environment where the residential bishops will share with one another best practices,... Read More

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. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Press Center

The press center provides an archive of press releases and statements, as well as media resources and contact information for assistance with media inquiries and interview requests. Read More

Imagine No Malaria launches Mother’s Day campaign

Eighty-five to 90 percent of deaths from malaria are women and children under five. Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is launching a Mother's Day campaign so that mothers in Africa will be able to fight malaria and nurture their children into thriving adults. Read More

E-store offers United Methodist resources

United Methodist Communications has launched a completely re-designed denominational e-store at shop.umc.org. Read More

Wenner expresses appreciation for Pope’s ministry

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, expressed appreciation and gratitude for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI in a letter to the Nuncio of the Holy See in Berlin, Archbishop Jean-Claude Périsset. Read More

New grant helps battle diseases of poverty

The United Methodist Church's efforts to battle malaria and HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will get a boost, thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Read More

Inveneo partnership benefits Haiti school

A Methodist school in LeVeque, Haiti has been chosen as one of 40 schools in rural Haiti to receive a solar powered computer lab as part of the Haiti Connected Schools (HCS) Program. Read More

Council of Bishops issues letter

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, President of the Council of Bishops shared a letter to all United Methodists which follows the Council of Bishops' first meeting of the quadrennium last week. Read More

Reclaim Christmas features music download

This year, the National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $525 billion on Christmas presents. United Methodist Communications invites everyone to Rethink Church and Reclaim Christmas by simplifying the season and spending time helping others, instead of spending money. Read More

BU Joins Top Research Schools

Boston University has become the third United Methodist related institution to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), an elite organization of 61 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Read More

National advertising encourages hope

In the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, United Methodist Communications is spreading a message of hope from The United Methodist Church to those living in affected areas with national and regional advertising. Read More

Bishop Wenner addresses council

In her first presidential address, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner encouraged the bishops to lead so "we may be one in ministry to all the world." Read More

United Methodist Council of Bishops Plans Retreat November 4-9

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. will gather at a United Methodist retreat center, Epworth-by-the-Sea, on St. Simons Island, Ga., November 4-9 to lay the foundation for the Council of Bishops' work over the next four years. Read More

UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on millions of people, The United Methodist Church is helping prepare, respond and cope with the storm's effects. Read More

Tennessee Faith Leaders Unite Against Childhood Obesity

Today, representatives of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists , United Methodist Men, and the United Methodist Association of Preschools Tennessee joined with the Campaign for Healthy Kids' Faith United to End Childhood Obesity and the First Lady's... Read More

Tennessee Faith Leaders to Join Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Representatives of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, United Methodist Men, and the United Methodist Association of Preschools Tennessee will join with the Campaign for Healthy Kids' Faith United to End Childhood Obesity and community... Read More

United Methodist Communications partners with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

United Methodist Communications and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) have teamed up to strategically evaluate the most effective ways to implement a new Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) project that will drive development, build economic stability and provide life-saving technology for those in need. Read More

United Methodists fight malaria in Angola

On Friday, October 12, residents of Bom Jesus, Angola will receive 9,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help protect them from malaria. Read More

Rethink Church reclaims Christmas with ad campaign, website re-design

In a new advertising campaign for Advent, United Methodist Communications invites local churches to Reclaim Christmas and Rethink Church with a sermon series and a website re-design focused on simplifying the season and asking families to spend time, not money. The advertising campaign leads faith seekers to a re-designed and... Read More

Ebony ranks United Methodist colleges among top schools

Six United Methodist-related colleges and universities were among the top ranked historically black colleges and universities included in the September issue of Ebony magazine. Read More

Inveneo partnership aids volunteer efforts

United Methodist Communications has launched a new training initiative to support local churches that want to undertake technology projects in developing countries to improve people's lives. Read More

Washington Monthly Ranks United Methodist-Related Colleges in Top 100

In what editors call "a different kind of college ranking," Washington Monthly magazine named 12 United Methodist-related colleges in the top 100 2012 baccalaureate college rankings, three others in the top 100 master's university rankings, and three more in the national universities rankings. Read More

Webinars provide spiritual framework for people working with older adults

Clergy, laity and professionals seeking a spiritual framework for their work with older adults will benefit from Faith and Aging, a new webinar series from The Upper Room beginning in October. Read More

United Methodist-Related Colleges Rank in Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges

What are colleges doing for the country? The Washington Monthly magazine named 13 United Methodist-related colleges in the top 100 in its 2012 liberal arts college rankings, based on schools' contribution to the public good in three broad categories (social mobility, research, and service). Read More

2013 Program Calendar Now Available

With a theme of Changing the World One Life at a Time, the official 2013 United Methodist Program Calendar is now available from United Methodist Communications. Read More

Pan-Africa Summit trains health boards working with malaria

Representatives of in-country health boards charged with overseeing governance of malaria programs throughout Africa are gathered this week in Accra, Ghana for the Pan-Africa Summit. The participants, made up of doctors, community health workers, educators and malaria program coordinators will receive follow-up training in effective program planning, financial management, and... Read More

UMC teams with Delilah and Glidden to Paint the Town in Pittsburgh

National radio personality Delilah, along with WISH 99.7, Lawrenceville Corporation, Lawrenceville United, the people of The United Methodist Church and Glidden Paint, will gather with hundreds of volunteers in the Pittsburgh community of Lawrenceville, to Paint the Town and continue the city's makeover in progress, in addition to bringing a long-awaited... Read More

Twelve annual conferences to lead Imagine No Malaria

Imagine No Malaria announced today the commitment of 12 United Methodist annual conferences to support the denomination's effort to end preventable malaria deaths in Africa. The annual conferences are part of the "Vanguard Wave" of the ministry's effort to raise at least $75 million. Read More

Imagine No Malaria showcases success

On World Malaria Day 2012, Imagine No Malaria is celebrating progress against the mosquito-borne disease and calling for a renewed commitment to end preventable deaths from malaria. Read More

United Methodists Meet in Tampa for Worldwide Conference

Nearly a thousand delegates and an estimated 2,500 visitors will gather at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. April 24-May 4 for the 2012 United Methodist General Conference. Read More

Seminary students program at General Conference

A daily line-up of speakers has been organized for seminary students who plan to attend the 2012 General Conference. Read More

Visitor Registration for General Conference

Visitors to the 2012 General Conference, The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. Read More

Episcopal Address to Stream on Web and App

Bishop Peter D. Weaver will deliver the Episcopal Address at the 2012 General Conference. Read More

United Methodist Emerging Technology Survey

While most younger people in the church are immersed in new technology, many older members are also jumping on the bandwagon. Read More

General Conference App Launched

Mobile device users will be able to access information about The United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference through a new, free mobile application from United Methodist Communications. This comes in preparation for the quadrennial meeting of the denomination's top policy-making body in Tampa, Fla. April 24-May 4. Read More

United Methodists to Change the World May 19-20

United Methodists are gearing up for the third annual Change the World event on May 19-20, 2012 to build community locally and fight malaria globally. Read More

Survey ranks top Christmas activities

Americans believe Christmas is the most important holiday, followed by Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Easter, according to a new holiday survey commissioned by United Methodist Communications. Read More

United Methodists Garner Highest Favorability Score

About 62% of adult Americans have a favorable impression of United Methodists. That's according to a new survey from LifeWay Research that looks at perceptions of faith groups among adults in the U.S. Read More

General Conference Rule Changes Proposed

Proposals include providingSabbath rest, setting adeadline for evening adjournment, and expanding scheduled time for committee work. Read More

America’s Sunday Supper promotes service

United Methodist Communications and the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society are urging communities to Rethink Church with America's Sunday Supper on January 15, 2012, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Human Relations Day. Read More

Imagine No Malaria receives $3 million grant

The United Methodist Church will get a surge of support for its work to eliminate deaths and suffering from malaria in Africa, thanks to a $3 million supplemental grant from the United Nations Foundation. Read More

United Methodists Launch Free Mobile App

Mobile device users can easily access information about The United Methodist Church on the go with a new free United Methodist application. Read More

Goodpaster Calls for Building Bridges on 9/11

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, President of the Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with prayer and interfaith connection.
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Economy trumps terrorism as top concern

A decade after 9/11, only 16% of Americans believe terrorism is the most important issue in the world, according to a new survey on Americans' interest in international concerns and related behaviors.

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Pre-General Conference briefing to be held Jan. 19-21

United Methodist Communications will host a news briefing in preparation for General Conference 2012 in Tampa. Read More

Vital Congregations Website Empowers Churches

A new website aims to equip and empower local churches to become vital and healthy congregations. UMVitalCongregations.org is designed to help churches move through a process of evaluation and assessment as they begin to set goals, and then find key resources to help them achieve those goals. Read More

2012 Program Calendar Now Available

Themed around Africa University, the official 2012 United Methodist Program Calendar-now available from United Methodist Communications-offers planning pages full of information at-your-fingertips and puts the spotlight on Africa University students who are using education to bring hope to the continent. Read More

Volunteer Marshals and Pages Needed

Volunteers can now apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference. Read More

Shockley to Coordinate Local Church Transformation Project

KimAnn Shockley has been named coordinator of a new project to discover more about the renewal of existing local churches and the practices that lead to transformation. Read More

Choirs sought for General Conference

United Methodist choirs and ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2012 General Conference. Read More

Change the World event mobilizes churches

Thousands of United Methodists will team up to make a positive difference-locally and globally-during the second annual Change the World event on May 14-15, 2011. Read More

Bishop Goodpaster: The future starts now

Bishops are challenged to "to seize this moment in time to exercise our corporate leadership to make a difference in the world" Read More

Bishops Meet in Georgia May 1-6

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. will gather in St. Simons Island, Ga. for the semi-annual Council of Bishops meeting May 1-6; 113 bishops are expected to attend. Read More

Malaria video in Times Square

Right now, in the heart of New York City, a message of need is being broadcast to more than 1.5 million people who pass through Times Square every day. Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is airing a video message to underscore the urgent need to fight... Read More

Imagine No Malaria mobile app

On World Malaria Day, The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign is using technology to fight mosquitoes with the launch of a new mobile application that keeps mosquitoes away and also raises funds for the fight against malaria. Read More

Documentary helps fight malaria

Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, has produced a documentary to increase awareness and action against malaria, a disease that kills a child in Africa every 45 seconds. Read More

Pauley Perrette joins United Methodist Imagine No Malaria campaign

Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is pleased to introduce actress Pauley Perrette to its growing community of supporters working together to reduce deaths caused by malaria.

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Petition submissions begin April 1

Petitions for consideration by the 2012 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through September 27, 2011. Read More

Goodpaster Encourages Prayer, Support for Japan Quake Victims

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, President of the Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists to pray for the victims of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred last week, and encouraging support of relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read More

Call to Action Interim Operations Team Named

A 7-member team has been named to serve as a catalyst for implementing significant change in denominational structures, policies, practices, and leadership in ways that are aligned with God's call, the church's mission, and the needs of the world in the 21st century. Read More

Haiti earthquake recovery: one year later

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that occurred Jan. 12, 2010, The United Methodist Church is reminding people that much work remains to be done in Haiti and there are ways they can help. Read More

RethinkChurch.org to launch Dec.15

On December 15, The United Methodist Church will officially launch a newly redesigned website for young adult spiritual seekers, RethinkChurch.org, which invites visitors to question, discuss, get involved and make a difference. Read More

2011 Change the World event aims to mobilize half a million volunteers

The second annual church-wide Change the World event, planned for May 14-15, 2011, is a call for United Methodists to make a positive difference locally and globally. Read More

United Methodists provide mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Sierra Leone

The people of The United Methodist Church will provide nearly 400,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to people throughout the Bo district of southern Sierra Leone beginning November 26. Read More

Report Examines Salaries for United Methodist Clergy in the U.S.

A new report that examines how salaries varied for United Methodist pastors in the U.S. found that average pastor salaries grew faster than the inflation rate over the decade ending in 2008. Read More

World Malaria Day 2011: Host a Malaria House Party

The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign is asking United Methodists to support a lifesaving cause by hosting a malaria house party for World Malaria Day, April 25, 2011, or in the months leading up to the event. Read More

RethinkChurch.org to launch Nov. 12

The denomination's revamped website for young-adult spiritual seekers, RethinkChurch.org, will debut Friday, Nov. 12. This marks the website's beta launch, a period when the website is fine-tuned amid real-world exposure.on Nov. 10. Read More

General Conference size won’t change

The secretary of the General Conference, Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist, announced today that the number of delegates for the 2012 General Conference will be near the 1,000-delegate limit. Read More

Goodpaster Urges Bishops to Shift Focus to the Future

The Council of Bishops President challenges the bishops to “focus” on what is about to happen rather than what has always been.
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United Methodist Council of Bishops to Meet in Panama Nov. 2-6

More than 87 United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. will gather in Panama City, Panama for the semi-annual Council of Bishops meeting Nov. 2-6, followed by a meeting of the Conference of Methodist Bishops and Presidents on Nov. 7-9 and CIEMAL on Nov. 10. Read More

Call to Action Steering Team Releases Final Report

The first priority of The United Methodist Church must be a commitment to fostering and sustaining congregational vitality if the denomination is to be effective in its mission, states the final report of the Call to Action steering team, released today. Read More

United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Presents Leadership Awards

The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee will present several awards honoring United Methodists who have made significant contributions to ending AIDS in the world at the upcoming Lighten the Burden lll International Aids Conference held October 14-16, 2010 in Dallas, Texas at the Radisson Hotel Central Dallas. Read More

United Methodist General Board of Church and Society withdraws endorsement of One Nation Working Tog

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church is rescinding its endorsement of the "One Nation Working Together" rally in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2. The board is disturbed by some of the overtly political and partisan statements issued by organizers of the march. Read More

Article correction

In a story that has since been corrected online, The New York Times listed The United Methodist Church as a sponsor of an upcoming rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The United Methodist Church is not sponsoring the rally. Read More

Rethink Church resource, seeker website addresses change

Congregational resources for the Rethink Church advertising and welcoming campaign have moved to a new website address: umcom.org/rethinkchurch, though the site content remains the same.. Read More

Give a Bible to a seeker

For $5, you can place a Rethink Church edition of theNT in the hands of a spiritual seeker who has responded to one of The United Methodist Church's ads. Read More

New Study Identifies Key Factors Impacting Vital Congregations

Lively, vital churches come in all sizes, locations, and settings says a new study commissioned by The United Methodist Church, but they consistently share some common factors that work together to influence congregational vitality. Read More

Call to Action Research Indicates Opportunities and Challenges

The Call to Action Steering Team has released the findings of independent research commissioned by the committee regarding congregational vitality and an operational assessment of the connectional church, and invites others to review the research and provide comments and ideas. Read More

2012 delegate numbers still undetermined

No decision has yet been made about the size of the 2012 General Conference, according to the secretary of the General Conference, Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist. Read More

Plan Ahead: 2011 United Methodist Calendar Now Available

The official United Methodist Program Calendar is now available for 2011 in nine convenient designs. Calendars include information on liturgical colors, lectionary readings, Special Sundays, and more. Read More

InfoServ Now Offers Live Chat

InfoServ, the official information service of The United Methodist Church, now offers an online "Live Chat" feature that allows customers to communicate directly with representatives. Read More

Child Mortality Rates Declining Worldwide

United Methodist efforts to provide better health care, accessibility to clinics, and bed nets could be factors contributing to the decline. Read More

Change the World Participation Makes an Impact

More than 100,000 people from over 1,000 churches united with a common purpose over a 48-hour period: to make a world of difference in ways both large and small. Read More

United Methodist Communications names executive directors

United Methodist Communications, the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, has filled two executive director positions. Read More

Weaver to deliver Episcopal Address

Bishop Peter D. Weaver of the Boston Episcopal Area has been chosen to deliver the Episcopal Address at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa. Read More

Council of Bishops Announces Constitutional Amendments Voting Results

The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today that onlyfive of 32 amendments to the church's constitution passed by the 2008 General Conference have been ratified by the annual conferences. The ratified amendments will become effective immediately. Read More

McFee named worship & music director

The Commission on the General Conference has selected Dr. Marci a McFee of Truckee, Calif. as worship and music director for The United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference. Read More

United Methodist Council of Bishops to Meet in Columbus May 2-7

More than 111 United Methodist bishops converge in Columbus, Ohio, to explore ways to sharpen the church's focus on poverty. Read More

United Methodist Council of Bishops to Meet in Columbus May 2-7

More than 111 United Methodist bishops converge in Columbus, Ohio, to explore ways to sharpen the church's focus on poverty. Read More

Imagine No Malaria Officially Launches on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, Sunday, April 25, The United Methodist Church will officially launch Imagine No Malaria, its $75 million initiative to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa. To mark the celebration, a free concert event will take place in Austin, Texas, on the south steps of the State Capitol from 2-5 p... Read More

United Methodists Help Fight Malaria in DRC

The people of The United Methodist Church will join with partner organizations to distribute 30,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where malaria is a leading cause of death. Read More

Sleep Out to End Malaria

The United Methodist Church will mark this World Malaria Day, April 25, with a call to local churches to "Sleep Out to End Malaria" on the weekend of April 24-25. Read More

Rethink Church campaign captures advertising awards

Advertising produced on behalf of The United Methodist Church has won regional and local Emmy and ADDY awards, United Methodist Communications has announced. Read More

Central Conference Pension Initiative Visits Define $25 Million Challenge Goal

For the Rev. Charles Horace, a retired Liberian pastor, life without a pension was a daily struggle. He recalls weeks in which he would "just live on water" for two or three days. But through the Liberia pension fund, Horace now receives a quarterly pension benefit made possible by gifts... Read More

United Methodists Unite to Change the World

United Methodists everywhere are encouraged to begin planning now to join in Change the World, a church-wide event on April 24-25 that prompts members to join with others in the community to make a difference locally and globally. Read More

United Methodist TV Message Encourages Prayer and Action to Help Haiti

The United Methodist Church will air television spots on CNN Headline News Jan. 15 through Jan. 18. Read More

United Methodist TV Message Encourages Prayer and Action to Help Haiti

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, The United Methodist Church will air specially produced television spots on CNN Headline News starting today and continuing through Monday, January 18. Read More

UMCOR Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti

A major earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti yesterday, causing widespread destruction. Millions of people are affected and thousands are feared dead. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has close ties with the Methodist Church in Haiti and is responding to the devastating earthquake with funding, material resources and prayers. Read More

Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game.

From now through January 31, 2010, Nothing But Nets supporters can donate $10 or more and get two complimentary tickets to an NBA game, subject to availability and participating teams. Read More

ABC to air United Methodist Christmas Eve service

ABC television affiliates nationwide will broadcast a United Methodist-produced Christmas Eve candlelight service on Dec. 24 and 25. Read More