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News and Staff Reports

Two prominent African American pastors, the Rev. Dr. Vance P. Ross and the Rev. Rudy Rasmus, challenge the idea that human sexuality is the UMC's most pressing issue in a video from the General Commission on Religion and Race. Read more

A Way Forward

The scam asks for gift cards for cancer patients, but its method runs contrary to how most churches operate their giving projects. Read more

Local Church

First UMC-Baton Rouge's withdrawal from Together Baton Rouge is seen by some as a move toward mission, and by others as a blow to local efforts to achieve biblical economic justice. Read more

Local Church

Devoted to Jesus' teachings of love and justice, Rev. Vernon Tyson worked for racial equality and reconciliation throughout his 60-year ministry. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Parliament of the World's Religions adds care for the Earth to its 25-year-old declaration, Global Ethic. Read more

Global Nature

Charles Wesley is animated about his Advent anthem, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus." Read more

Practicing Faith

Another mass shooting, this one at a California bar frequented by college students, has touched many United Methodists directly. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

A United Methodist congregation in St. Petersburg, Fla., responds with love after its church sign is vandalized for a second time. Read more

Local Church 2 Comments

United Methodist bishops in Africa issued a statement Sept. 24 saying they won't back breaking up the church, leading observers elsewhere to wonder what influence their statement would have on the 2019 General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward

Hurricane Florence's southward shift moves its likely landfall to the state line between South Carolina and North Carolina, setting United Methodist conferences in those states on high alert. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Pastors and church members were evacuating with their neighbors from the coasts of South Carolina, North Carolina and low-lying Virginia as Hurricane Florence headed for the United States. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

United Methodists join the World Council of Churches encouraging the planet's 2.2 billion Christians to observe the five-week-long Season of Creation emphasizing action on climate change and care for the Earth. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Donations to residents affected by heavy storms in Iowa have overwhelmed the recovery site, Hope UMC in Marshalltown, Iowa. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

After two years of tumult over race and gender inclusion and management style, Dr. Elaine Heath has stepped down as dean of UMC-related Duke Divinity School. Read more

An Ohio UMC will sponsor a segment of "The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence" in partnership with other community organizations to remember victims and make gun violence the Number 1 issue in the 2018 elections. Read more

Advocating Justice

United Methodists in the United States have faced waves of disasters this summer, including wildfires, torrential rains and flood and tornadoes. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

United Methodism's top mission executive was "surprised and disturbed" by the Customs detention of a Muslim Filipino peace advocate his agency had invited to the United States. Read more

Advocating Justice

Ending weeks of speculation, the bishops confirmed they've asked to UMC's high court to rule on whether alternatives to the Way Forward proposal will be allowed at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

A United Methodist leader responsible for the church in Kenya supported recent sentiments behind a U.S-initiated march for Pan African peace, power and prosperity. Read more

Global Nature

United Methodists attending the Washington, D.C., anti-racism event are encouraged to contact the General Commission on Religion & Race to connect during the multi-day gathering. Read more

Advocating Justice