Global Ministries issues statement on human rights

NEW YORK, NY — The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church (GBGM) issued a statement yesterday on human rights for all people. Signed by GBGM General Secretary Thomas G. Kemper, and President Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, the statement was issued in response to the criminalization of homosexuality in countries such as Uganda, […]

UM Response to the political crisis in Ukraine

By John Calhoun 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 Ukraine are living through an extraordinary holiday season.  Normally, this period is a time of great joy and celebration. In accordance with Orthodox tradition, each year the festivities […]

Global mission leader calls for peace in South Sudan

by Melissa Hinnen “Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in South Sudan, our world’s newest nation,” Thomas Kemper, who leads the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, said today in response to the political violence that erupted in South Sudan. “It is imperative that all who have voice and power in the […]

Historic UMC #GivingTuesday 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. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries announced that the first-ever UMC #GivingTuesday generated a record $6.5 million online on December 3. Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave […]

It’s Giving Tuesday

United Methodists are invited to sustain the spirit of Thanksgiving into the Advent season. Today,  December 3, 2013, is Giving Tuesday, a special day on which gifts made online to any project through The Advance will be matched. Marie Kuch, who chairs the communication and development committee of the General Board of Global Ministries’ (GBGM) […]

After one year, Hurricane Sandy damage lingers

By Susan Kim* October 22, 2013—Mary Reyes knows exactly how many days she was forced from her home by Hurricane Sandy: 303. She left her Keansburg, New Jersey, residence on Oct. 28, 2012, about 24 hours before Hurricane Sandy unleashed its fury over the community. Reyes was caring for her granddaughters, ages 12 and 15, […]

UMC agencies move to intensify ministries with the poor

By Elliott Wright* NEW YORK, NY — Efforts are underway to expand, strengthen, and promote United Methodist ministries with the poor in the United States. This intensified work includes connecting local models of successful ministries that cross class, ethnic, and racial lines to address the causes and conditions of poverty. It seeks to engage more […]

Mission organization announces plans to start 600 new faith communities

Using online video technology, directors of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in New York engaged in prayer and song with representatives of the Honduras and Vietnam mission initiatives and the Malawi Provisional Annual Conference.
The virtual global gathering was part of a celebration of the 574 new worshipping communities in 13 mission initiatives in Southeast Asia, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America. That number far exceeds the original goal of 400 church plants for the 2008-2012 quadrennium.

Fifteen new missionaries to be commissioned this week

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries(GBGM) announced that they will be commissioning 15 new missionaries at a special worship service on Friday, October 11. 2013.

GBGM leader issues statement on tragedy at Lampedusa

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the Board of Global Ministries, issued the following statement reflecting on the news regarding the boat accident off the Italian island of Lampedusa: The deaths of more than 130 migrants from Eritrea and Somalia in a boat accident within sight of land off the Italian island of Lampedusa is a […]