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United Methodist News' roots reach back to 1940, when the Commission on Public Information was created at the same General Conference that united the Methodist Protestant Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Even before that point, however, press offices with the predecessor denominations had been reporting on the life of the church. The 1968 merger of

the Methodist Church with the Evangelical United Brethren Church created today’s United Methodist Church. Four years later, Methodist Information was merged with TRAFCO (Television, Radio and Film Commission) and the Program and Benevolence Interpretation ministry, forming United Methodist Communications. The newly named United Methodist News Service became a unit of the agency. United Methodist News has been the authoritative source of information about the work of the church, reporting on church growth, outreach ministries and social issues. It has covered the church’s response to such major events as desegregation in the 1960s, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, the 2004 South Asia tsunami, and the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in 2014.

The mini food pantries installed on church properties, called “blessing boxes,” have become a common ministry to serve f...
08/26/2023

The mini food pantries installed on church properties, called “blessing boxes,” have become a common ministry to serve food-insecure neighbors around the clock. The boxes are often quickly depleted. Holston Conference UMC reports on United Methodists' work to keep their boxes full of blessings.

GLADE SPRING, Va. -- The mini food pantries installed on church properties, called “blessing boxes,” have become a common ministry to serve ...

The United Methodist Church in Congo is housing a monkeypox research laboratory at the church’s Tunda General Hospital i...
08/25/2023

The United Methodist Church in Congo is housing a monkeypox research laboratory at the church’s Tunda General Hospital in Maniema province. The laboratory will help combat the monkeypox epidemic that has been raging in the region since 2021.

The United Methodist Church is housing a monkeypox research laboratory at the church’s Tunda General Hospital in Maniema province. The laboratory will help combat the monkeypox epidemic that has been raging in the region since 2021. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports from Tunda, Congo, for UM News.

The board of the  ’s finance agency General Council on Finance and Administration approved a cost-of-living adjustment f...
08/24/2023

The board of the ’s finance agency General Council on Finance and Administration approved a cost-of-living adjustment for bishops, adjusted the agency employees’ pay scale and received an update on giving.

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency approved a cost-of-living adjustment for bishops, adjusted the agency employees’ pay scale and received an update on giving.

The status and future of the Korean American United Methodist Church and the upcoming special gathering of the Associati...
08/23/2023

The status and future of the Korean American United Methodist Church and the upcoming special gathering of the Association of Korean American Methodists were the main topics at an Aug. 15 Zoom meeting of Korean American faith leaders.

The effort for regionalization just got a significant boost. A key United Methodist leadership body has given unanimous ...
08/23/2023

The effort for regionalization just got a significant boost. A key United Methodist leadership body has given unanimous approval to moving forward a proposal that aims to give Africa, Europe, the Philippines and the U.S. equal standing in church decision-making.

A key United Methodist leadership body has given unanimous approval to moving forward a proposal that aims to give the Africa, Europe, the Philippines and the U.S. equal standing in church decision-making.

Gun reform supporters, including United Methodists, gathered for an early morning prayer vigil at the Tennessee State Ca...
08/22/2023

Gun reform supporters, including United Methodists, gathered for an early morning prayer vigil at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 21. Mike DuBose has photos.

Many church members sit in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings with an eye turned toward the door, hoping that new visitors...
08/22/2023

Many church members sit in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings with an eye turned toward the door, hoping that new visitors will enter. The Rev. Michael Beck, director of Fresh Expressions at Discipleship Ministries, shares time-tested tips that United Methodists should consider when learning how to be more welcoming.

The Rev. Michael Beck shares tips all United Methodists should consider when learning how to connect with new people and how to be more welcoming.

Here is a brief look at some of the other actions taken by U.S. annual conferences earlier this year.
08/21/2023

Here is a brief look at some of the other actions taken by U.S. annual conferences earlier this year.

United Methodist News Service is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. It is staffed by professionally trained journalists who are committed to the work and mission of The United Methodist Church.

A number of U.S. United Methodist annual conferences passed resolutions supporting the removal of church bans related to...
08/21/2023

A number of U.S. United Methodist annual conferences passed resolutions supporting the removal of church bans related to homosexuality. This conference season also saw resolutions that reaffirm the denomination’s fidelity to core Christian doctrines and commit United Methodists to evangelism.

U.S. United Methodist annual conferences passed resolutions supporting the removal of church bans related to homosexuality as well as resolutions that reaffirm the denomination’s fidelity to core Christian doctrines.

Thousands of people will gather Aug. 26 for the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedo...
08/21/2023

Thousands of people will gather Aug. 26 for the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Rev. C. Anthony Hunt, senior pastor of Epworth Chapel UMC, Baltimore, considers how the speech the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave that day still resonates in the ongoing struggle for equality.

'The Fierce Urgency of Now'Aug 16, 2023By Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, Ph.D.Senior Pastor, Epworth Chapel UMC, Baltimore The Fierce Urgency of Now – Remembering the March on Washington On August 26, 2023, thousands of people from around the nation and world will gather in Washington, D.C. for the 60t...

We wish a blessed Sunday when we celebrate, in the words of this week's Psalm, the unity where "the LORD ordained his bl...
08/20/2023

We wish a blessed Sunday when we celebrate, in the words of this week's Psalm, the unity where "the LORD ordained his blessing."

Wesleyan theological tradition demands that we respect the value of every single human being. This was a common theme am...
08/20/2023

Wesleyan theological tradition demands that we respect the value of every single human being. This was a common theme among many Methodist abolitionists and holds true in antiracism work today, writes the Rev. Christopher P. Momany.

Wesleyan theological tradition demands that we respect the value of every single human being. This was a common theme among many Methodist abolitionists and holds true in antiracism work today. The Rev. Christopher P. Momany's commentary appears on United Methodist News.

The Rev. Mel West, who is 99, suggests adding the word “compassion” to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Adding “compassion...
08/19/2023

The Rev. Mel West, who is 99, suggests adding the word “compassion” to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Adding “compassion” to the pledge would implant a spirit, an attitude and an action into the hearts and minds of all who recite it.

The Rev. Mel West suggests adding the word “compassion” to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance to implant a spirit, an attitude and an action into the hearts and minds of all who recite it.

Mary Brooke Casad offers a tribute to her mother-in-law, Dede Weldon Casad, who was “forever beginning,” earning a Ph.D....
08/19/2023

Mary Brooke Casad offers a tribute to her mother-in-law, Dede Weldon Casad, who was “forever beginning,” earning a Ph.D. at 73 and starting a senior adult ministry at 87.

United Methodists in Zimbabwe use social media tool to promote each other’s companies and services and offer other suppo...
08/18/2023

United Methodists in Zimbabwe use social media tool to promote each other’s companies and services and offer other support.

United Methodists use social media tool to promote each other’s companies and services and offer other support. Priscilla Muzerengwa reports from Harare, Zimbabwe, for UM News.

This mission event hosted by First United Methodist Church of Tifton, GA has United Methodist youth rollin', rollin', ro...
08/18/2023

This mission event hosted by First United Methodist Church of Tifton, GA has United Methodist youth rollin', rollin', rollin on the River of Life. South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church has the story.

By Rev. Stephanie Smith Can youth inspire change in their community? Can they be a catalyst that motivates others to come together in worship and ...

Two local nonprofits with United Methodist ties are partnering this summer to offer a community supper and foot clinic c...
08/17/2023

Two local nonprofits with United Methodist ties are partnering this summer to offer a community supper and foot clinic catered to those who face housing and financial hardships in Nashville, Tennessee.

Two local nonprofits with United Methodist ties are partnering this summer to offer a community supper and foot clinic catered to those who face housing and financial hardships in Nashville, Tennessee. Vernon Jordan reports for UM News.

A Cleveland building has had several names in its 140 years. Today it is known as the Harbor and Bridge Community Center...
08/17/2023

A Cleveland building has had several names in its 140 years. Today it is known as the Harbor and Bridge Community Center, and the ministry is serving its neighborhood in a variety of ways including as the home of an eclectic United Methodist congregation. East Ohio Conference UMC has the story.

By Brett Hetherington* The building at the corner of W. 44th and Bridge Avenue in what has come to be known as the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland has had several names in its 140 years. Today …

Lahaina United Methodist’s historic, beloved worship space was among the many structures destroyed last week.
08/16/2023

Lahaina United Methodist’s historic, beloved worship space was among the many structures destroyed last week.

We will soon have an update on the   response in Maui. But in the meantime, here is an example of how United Methodists ...
08/15/2023

We will soon have an update on the response in Maui. But in the meantime, here is an example of how United Methodists continue to help people recover long after the disaster has left the headlines.

Still reeling from the impact of Cyclone Freddy earlier this year, survivors in Malawi received $35,000 in cash and supplies from The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.

Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, continues to receive questions related to local church disaf...
08/15/2023

Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, continues to receive questions related to local church disaffiliations. The team offers answers about disaffiliation numbers and what disaffiliations mean for apportionments.

Ask The UMC is the information service of United Methodist Communications.

For 25-member Saint Matthews United Methodist Church in downtown Memphis, a calling to provide an emergency housing mini...
08/14/2023

For 25-member Saint Matthews United Methodist Church in downtown Memphis, a calling to provide an emergency housing ministry may have seemed beyond its means. However, the congregation connected with church and community partners to fill the gaps.

St. Matthew’s UMC in Memphis, TN, is building a housing ministry alongside church and community partners who share their passion to serve the community.

Council of Bishops - The United Methodist Church President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton encourages all United Methodist co...
08/14/2023

Council of Bishops - The United Methodist Church President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton encourages all United Methodist communicators to register to attend the The United Methodist Association of Communicators' 2023 gathering taking place Oct. 22-25 in Charleston, SC.

Council of Bishops President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton encourages all communicators to register to attend the The United Methodist Association of Communicat...

We wish you a blessed Sunday when we remember Jesus walking on the water.
08/13/2023

We wish you a blessed Sunday when we remember Jesus walking on the water.

In every reorganization, merger, split or reconnection of the Methodist movement, race — not sexuality — has been at the...
08/13/2023

In every reorganization, merger, split or reconnection of the Methodist movement, race — not sexuality — has been at the center, writes the Rev. H. Ward Greer.

In every reorganization, merger, split or reconnection of the Methodist movement, race — not sexuality — has been at the center. Commentary by the Rev. Dr. H. Ward Greer appears on UMNews.org.

Christian perfection is the hopeless optimism of Ted Lasso. Although we acknowledge we won’t be fully perfect in this li...
08/12/2023

Christian perfection is the hopeless optimism of Ted Lasso. Although we acknowledge we won’t be fully perfect in this life, we always strive to get closer to the good, writes the Rev. Chase Crickenberger.

Christian perfection is the hopeless optimism of Ted Lasso. Although we acknowledge we won’t be fully perfect in this life, we always strive to get closer to the good.

People who volunteer with Middletown United Methodist Church's Mobile Medical Ministry in Louisville, Kentucky are immed...
08/12/2023

People who volunteer with Middletown United Methodist Church's Mobile Medical Ministry in Louisville, Kentucky are immediately hooked, organizers say. The ministry, which originated in a Sunday school class, provides a doctor's office on wheels. Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church has the story.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Middletown United Methodist Church is looking for a few good medical providers for its Mobile Medical Ministry. Actually, more ...

The California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church has mobilized its Disaster Response Task Force, which i...
08/11/2023

The California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church has mobilized its Disaster Response Task Force, which is developing plans to help the people of Lahaina, largely destroyed by wildfires. The conference has set up the Lahaina Relief Fund.

In response to the devastating fires which have ripped through Hawaiʻi in the last few days, a special giving link has been set up at the Conference center. As United Methodists, we want to bring our resources to the table in the most effective way possible; as such, 100% of all you give will go [....

United Methodist Radio Network rebrands to United Methodist Broadcast Network to embrace new digital technologies.
08/11/2023

United Methodist Radio Network rebrands to United Methodist Broadcast Network to embrace new digital technologies.

United Methodist Radio Network rebrands to United Methodist Broadcast Network to embrace new digital technologies. Priscilla Muzerengwa and the Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo report for UM News.

A second Lewis Center for Church Leadership report is out, looking at how churches leaving The United Methodist Church c...
08/11/2023

A second Lewis Center for Church Leadership report is out, looking at how churches leaving The United Methodist Church compare to those staying.

California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church Bishop Dottie Escobedo-Frank is calling for prayer as Unite...
08/10/2023

California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church Bishop Dottie Escobedo-Frank is calling for prayer as United Methodists continue to assess the damage caused by wildfires on Maui whipped up by Hurricane Dora’s winds. The fires have destroyed the building of Lahaina United Methodist Church and killed at least 36 people.

Dear Siblings in Christ, Yesterday the wind was high as I took off from Honolulu to West Coast. We were aware of the presence of Hurricane Dora, as the wind had been high for the last part of our trip. This morning I woke up to hear about the fires on Maui and Hawaiʻi island [...]

Launched by men’s group, new “Vhuserere” program reaches out to people in farming areas to share the Gospel and provide ...
08/10/2023

Launched by men’s group, new “Vhuserere” program reaches out to people in farming areas to share the Gospel and provide other support.

Achieving a healthy economy and supporting investors are Wespath goals, writes Dave Zellner, Wespath Benefits and Invest...
08/10/2023

Achieving a healthy economy and supporting investors are Wespath goals, writes Dave Zellner, Wespath Benefits and Investments chief investment officer.

Achieving a healthy economy and supporting investors are Wespath goals.

After a challenging few years where sexual abuse dominated the news and COVID-19 made meeting difficult, Boy Scouts like...
08/09/2023

After a challenging few years where sexual abuse dominated the news and COVID-19 made meeting difficult, Boy Scouts like those in Troop 398 are busy molding leaders and getting kids unplugged and outdoors.

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Pat Newman has attended a lot of funerals, she says, but the most painful happened followed a local teen’s su***de. The United Methodist’s deep concern led her to organize “Suicide Prevention Day” on April 29 at Bookwalter United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Holston Conference UMC reports.
For youth and young adults, the community in Central Asia represents family and a place to experience God’s love.
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The Rev. Tori Butler interviews newly elected Bishop Dee Williamston of the Louisiana Conference as part of a series highlighting Black women “firsts” across the denomination.
After a powerful storm brought death and destruction to one of the poorest regions of the U.S. South, United Methodists are helping people in the Mississippi Delta and northern Alabama mourn and pick up the pieces.
Bishop Bill McAlilly is calling for prayer following a mass shooting at a Nashville private school that took the lives of three children and three adults. "I continue to join my voice with others in the Church as we together seek to see a new day in our country where pain and sorrow and death will no longer be visited on innocent children."
Cyclone Freddy, a record-breaking storm, lasted at least 36 days and killed more than 600 people in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar. United Methodists are reaching out to survivors as recovery continues.
The Rev. Natalie Justice, a pastor in the Holston Conference UMC, is hosting “Hope Springs Eternal,” videotaped conversations about the 's future with leaders across the denomination. Her first interview is with Kay Kotan, prolific writer and clergy coach.
We wish you a blessed fifth Sunday of when we remember that even before Easter, Christ brought new life.
Matt Jackson, the worship leader at Northside Church, a church in Atlanta, has reimagined some traditional Charles Wesley hymns with new melodies. People can listen wherever they stream music.
Patrick Scriven of Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church said that the church has long been obsessed with age, be it young people or old buildings. He said that it can be helpful to understand the state of faith communities "using the language and shared experiences of life cycles.”
An agricultural program initiated by the United Methodist Church in Albania to help those struggling economically led to an inspiring act of charity. Urs Schweizer has the story.
"So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good." — Genesis 1:21

Photo of seahorses at the Chattanooga Aquarium in Tennessee, by Mahalia Smith, UM News.
The United Methodist Church recently installed an audio recording studio in the South Congo Conference. The studio allows church choirs to record their own compositions that share the gospel.
Concerned about waning worship attendance, Chester in Chester, Ohio strategized to use one of its strengths — land — to build up the congregation. The church already has seen Sunday worship attendance start to climb. West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church has the story.
A group of nearly 30 students, United Methodist church members and pastors toured central Oklahoma to learn about the culture and mistreatment of Native Americans. The experience was sobering yet hopeful.