News and Staff Reports

The mediation team has been working confidentially for several months and reached the agreement on Dec. 17 with the help of a professional mediator. Read more

UMC Future 2 Comments

A sign in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) got a Twitter notice from the author/composer of the smash hit musical "Hamilton!" Read more

Advocating Justice

Bishop Purity Malinga will preside over the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, which includes Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. Read more

Global Nature

United Methodists have begun contributing to Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

News and views about the 2019 General Conference from annual conference and jurisdictional communicators. Read more

Insight offers a running compilation of interesting tweets and posts from General Conference 2019 Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Global Health

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

The couple and their companions were headed to this year's session of the Eastern Zimbabwe Annual Conference. Read more

Global Nature