Board of Pensions responds criticism on divestment

In a press release issued yesterday, The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) reiterated its position on sustainable investment, and released a new video outlining their position which is being shown at gatherings of central conference delegates. Critics had complained about a previous version of the video, and GBPHB stated that they had […]

Tim Bias out as Discipleship Ministries General Secretary

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – The board of Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church and Dr. Tim Bias jointly announced today that Dr. Bias is no longer employed as the General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, effective Dec. 31, 2015. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, president of the board, praised Dr. Bias for his innovative leadership and ministry accomplishments […]

Michigan pastor camps out to protest trial delay

Marquette, MI — It’s cold in Michigan this time of year. But the snow has not deterred the Rev. Michael Tupper from pitching his tent in the front of the First United Methodist Church of Marquette to protest what he believes is an unreasonable delay by Marquette District Superintendent Rev. Elbert P. Dulworth in processing […]

What United Methodists believe about other religions and immigrants

Given the recent decisions  by various state governors to attempt to restrict immigrants being placed in their states, it might be good to be reminded about what The United Methodist Church teaches about the rights of religious minorities and immigrants: Please feel free to download the images below and share on social media if you […]

UMC reaches 90% of Imagine No Malaria Goal

  Harrisburg, PA  – At a special press conference today, the 3 bishops serving Pennsylvania joined together to announce that the United Methodist Church has successfully raised over 90% of its $75 million goal for Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the UMC to eliminate malaria deaths. This new milestone was reached through a $1 […]

General Conference 2016 Petitions deadline is next Tuesday

Nashville, Tenn — If you’ve been thinking about submitting a petition to the 2016 General Conference it’s time to shift into high gear as the deadline is just around the corner. All petitions to make changes in United Methodist law and doctrine must be submitted by next Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Any United Methodist is eligible […]

Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller named Assistant General Secretary for Clergy Formation

*by Tyrus Sturgis NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has selected Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller as assistant general secretary for clergy formation in the Division of Ordained Ministry. Conklin-Miller currently serves as the director of United Methodist Programs at Duke Divinity School. She will join the agency in late October. […]

New United Methodist hymnal endorsed

NASHVILLE, TN —The United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries (the General Board of Discipleship) announce that their respective boards have endorsed legislation to be submitted to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church that, if approved, would begin the process of developing a new official hymnal and provide for ongoing revision of the […]

Eastern PA Annual Conference calls for special session to re-elect GC2016 delegation

The Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) announced today an “adjourned session” of the annual conference for the purpose of electing their delegation to the 2016 General Conference. While the conference conducted elections at their May 2015 meeting, conference secretary Lloyd Speer announced that voting discrepancies, due in part to the electronic voting system, had invalidated […]

UMC Clergy struggle with health issues according to latest report

Is weight an issue for you? Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure? How about high cholesterol? Depression? These are just a few of the questions from the 2015 Clergy Health Survey sponsored by The Center for Health of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB), and their report, released last week, suggests […]