Recently Read: The inconvenience of apportionments

by B. Kevin Smalls Visit his blog at I remember growing up hearing the complaints of how costly apportionments are to some local churches. “We don’t have that many people.” “Our building is falling down around us.” “We have needs in our own backyard.” Sadly, I’ve also seen the passive-aggressive ways of congregations to punish […]

Recently Read: Offended by party theme, SMU students march for racial understanding

Before the march, Perkins student Robin Murray read a letter from Dr. James L. Lyles, one of the original five African-American students who integrated the seminary in 1955. The retired UMC pastor and distinguished SMU alum, age 87, said: “Prayer and peace are instruments that enable you to stay the course. … Pray for the […]

Recently Read: At least 35 congregations UMC congregations in Kansas, Nebraska ready to help refugees

United Methodist Church congregations across Kansas and Nebraska stand ready to assist refugees from Syria once they are allowed to enter the United States. That was the message shared Friday morning at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas, by Bishop Scott J. Jones, episcopal leader of the Great Plains Conference, which includes 1,032 congregations […]

Americans fret about Islam, immigrants, the future — and each other

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) Americans of all faiths and viewpoints are gloomy about the economy, anxious about Islam, bothered by immigrants and mistrustful across racial lines, a new survey finds. The Public Religion Research Institute’s annual American Values Survey, released Tuesday (Nov. 17), documents discontent among all major religious […]

UM Higher Ed launches new site about God’s call

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has launched the website to encourage United Methodists around the world to share videos of how God has called them to make a difference. United Methodists are asked to record and submit a video that explains why they feel called to do the […]

UM Global Ministries general secretary issues statement on Paris attacks

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church offered his reflections on the terrorist attacks in Paris this past weekend: “Love and truth will embrace; justice and peace will kiss. Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven” (Psalm 85:10-11, NIV).  We mourn […]

UMCom releases General Conference 2016 phone apps

Nashville, TN— General Conference, in the palm of your hand – a redesigned 2016 General Conference app is now available. A helpful way to stay connected and learn more about all aspects of the conference, the app will feature news, photo and social media feeds, video and audio archives, live streaming of worship and plenary, the […]

Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks

The President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued the following statement about the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris: John 11:35 Jesus wept. This week, we weep for those in Paris. We weep for the senseless violence. We weep for the innocents whose lives were cut short. We weep for those who are […]

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 […]

Court defers review of ‘Plan UMC Revised’

By Linda Bloom Oct. 26, 2015 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) A ruling on the constitutionality of legislation for a proposed organizational plan for The United Methodist Church has been deferred until May. To make a declaratory decision about one specific piece of proposed legislation, the United Methodist Judicial Council said in Decision 1303, “could intrude” […]