United Methodist News RSS Feed United Methodist News Service
Bishops urge trust in GC2019 delegates
Finding a way forward in the church debate over homosexuality is now up to General Conference. Bishops discussed how to facilitate that work.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:49:45 PM

Finding new urgency in quest for peace in Korea
Methodist-led gathering of religious leaders in Atlanta sees both optimism and urgency in efforts to end 70-year division on Korean Peninsula.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:39:06 PM

Zimbabwe churches launch eco-congregation initiative
Episcopal area joins forces with municipality in a citywide cleanup campaign. One goal is to reduce the spread of contagious diseases such as dysentery, cholera and diarrhea.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12:12:11 PM

Commentary: Thoughts upon GC2019 via Methodist history
The history of The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations offers insights on what the future might hold, writes Elaine A. Robinson.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:43:18 AM

5 reasons millennials like United Methodism
Millennials are seeking intergenerational and welcoming communities of faith, writes Andrew Ponder Williams.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:16:48 PM

Advice to Christians: Learn a little Hebrew
United Methodist scholar makes case for knowledge of Hebrew in new book “70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know.”
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Churches coping with California fires
California Methodists hit by wildfires can expect the full support of the local and national United Methodist Church.
Monday, November 12, 2018 5:44:06 PM

Sierra Leone Initiative builds relationships, cultivates mission
Since 2006, United Methodist congregations in the Sierra Leone and U.S. Susquehanna annual conferences have enriched one another as 'covenant' and 'partner' churches.
Monday, November 12, 2018 5:08:51 PM

Bishops strengthen ties with Episcopalians
Two Christian traditions with historic ties to John Wesley’s Church of England are moving closer to full communion.
Monday, November 12, 2018 2:16:49 PM

Filipino bishops call for unity
In a pastoral letter, the bishops urged United Methodists in the Philippines to continue in holy conversation and prayer leading up to the 2019 General Conference.
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:23:19 PM

Carter commends peace efforts for Korea
Former U.S. president addresses Methodists, Korean Christians and ecumenical representatives at a roundtable for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Friday, November 09, 2018 5:53:09 PM

Seniors seek increased attention from church in Liberia
Free annual exams are not adequate for older adults whose conditions may deteriorate over a year, advocates say.
Friday, November 09, 2018 4:02:00 PM

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Bickerton
A member of the commission that plans the General Conference, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton encourages leaders to approach their work in the right frame of mind, body and spirit to make the best decisions.
Friday, November 09, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Bishops: Don't villainize migrants
In a statement, United Methodist bishops as well as Methodist colleagues in Mexico and El Salvador called on their churches and governments to do more to welcome the caravans of people seeking refuge.
Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:31:00 PM

Solar power a game changer for Nigeria computer center
Northern Nigeria Conference decreases tuition fees and increases profits with the installation of solar energy project.
Thursday, November 08, 2018 3:32:00 PM

Some church leaders say rethink budget cuts
The Connectional Table sends letter to the United Methodist finance agency, raising concerns about changes that could slash agency funding.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 4:22:44 PM

Commentary: How UMNS covers displaced peoples
The official news agency of The United Methodist Church must tell the world how the church is responding to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time — the movement of displaced peoples around the globe.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Bishops sound alarm about surge in racism
In the wake of violence targeting minority groups, United Methodist leaders pledge themselves to educate about dangers of white supremacy.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 11:23:44 AM

Religious leaders break silence on female genital mutilation
United Methodists and other religious leaders in Sierra Leone are working to end the traditional practice.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 10:44:43 AM

Mexican bishops urge better treatment of migrants
Be “water and manna in the desert” to migrants, six Mexican bishops exhort in a statement.
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 11:35:45 AM

Leaders affirm move toward new U.S. structure
Connectional Table members are developing a two-step process they hope will help lead to a decision-making body that deals with exclusively U.S. issues.
Monday, November 05, 2018 6:13:48 PM

WCA plans new Methodist movement
The Wesleyan Covenant Association began working on a contingency plan for creating a new Methodist movement. The plan depends on decisions from the 2019 General Conference.
Monday, November 05, 2018 4:36:32 PM

Bishops called to 'scriptural imagination'
At a time of great stress in the church, the Council of Bishops president urged colleagues to trust God and see the world through the lens of Scripture.
Monday, November 05, 2018 4:34:55 PM

United Methodist focuses on others with disabilities
Over the past five years, Raphael Bareyi has helped distribute more than 100 wheelchairs in impoverished communities throughout Zimbabwe.
Monday, November 05, 2018 3:31:18 PM

Judicial Council sets special session
The February session in St. Louis, just prior to and during the special General Conference, will include docket items deferred from the court’s October meeting.
Monday, November 05, 2018 1:10:38 PM

Gauging the Way Forward's impact on mission
Ahead of the special General Conference, United Methodist leaders discussed what proposals could mean for the work of agencies and other churchwide initiatives.
Monday, November 05, 2018 12:36:31 PM

Church helps people obtain IDs in Mozambique
Working with municipal government, United Methodists reach out through health fair to provide ID cards, medical screenings and more.
Monday, November 05, 2018 11:52:38 AM

Norwegians build bridge with Zimbabwe United Methodists
A donation of more than $130,000 helps the Shapure community of Nyanga construct a state-of-the-art sanctuary, drill a borehole and build a pedestrian bridge.
Friday, November 02, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Filipinos call for justice at All Saints' Day gathering
United Methodists host ecumenical prayer event to remember victims of drug-related killings.
Friday, November 02, 2018 9:39:22 AM

Ebola outbreak rages on in eastern Congo
Church ramps up efforts to educate faithful about hygiene measures to prevent and combat the epidemic, while U.N. condemns attacks by armed groups.
Thursday, November 01, 2018 4:47:38 PM

Small church helps ex-offenders return to society
Crossroads United Methodist Church in Compton, California, found expungement clinics have re-energized their church.
Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:09:27 PM

Norwegian church provides communion at the harbor
All Saints’ Day tradition connects congregation and community, offering people ‘a chance to see holiness in their own everyday lives.’
Thursday, November 01, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Message at HIV/AIDS event: ‘Say the words’
Reducing stigma of HIV/AIDS means talking about it frankly in church and community settings, reaching out to those living with the disease.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:06:09 AM

Young visitor makes impact on Zimbabwe students
Mikayla Jaissle, 10, spent days babysitting, participating in a fourth-grade class and making best friends at Old Mutare Mission.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Summit concentrates on dismantling mass incarceration
United Methodists gathered from 20 states to hear experts talk about dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and reducing mass incarceration of people of color.
Monday, October 29, 2018 8:00:00 PM

AU on track despite challenges in Zimbabwe
Vice Chancellor Munashe Furusa says the United Methodist institution has strategies to continue growing despite the economic troubles facing Zimbabwe.
Monday, October 29, 2018 8:00:00 PM

United Methodists speak out in wake of synagogue shooting
United Methodists contemplate the proper response to a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Court ruling propels GC2019 strategizing
Amendments to One Church and Traditional plans are likely after Judicial Council weighed in on constitutional questions.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Video series helps guide talk among those who disagree
A new video series from the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race offers a study program for talking about race, the church and human sexuality among people who disagree.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional
In review of Way Forward plans, United Methodist Judicial Council flags Traditional Plan petitions that would require change; declines to rule on a third plan.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Top court releases October decisions
Rulings from the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting include those related to Oct. 23 oral hearings on clergy appeals and removal of General Conference delegates.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Gary Graves
How does GC2019 relate to GC2020? What are the differences? These are some of the questions addressed by the Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, for our video series.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Two-decade partnership pays off in Zimbabwe
United Methodists in Maryland see fruits of their labor in rural villages, mission schools.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 8:00:00 PM

UM connection aids hurricane recovery
Volunteers continue hurricane relief efforts, while the Alabama-West Florida Conference taps a pastor with construction experience to lead recovery.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 3:49:00 PM

Seeing a Way Forward Series
As the church heads toward special General Conference 2019, United Methodist News Service is featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

New university head sees potential in rural Mozambique
The Rev. Julio Andre Vilanculos says the fledgling United Methodist University is positioned to fill a critical void in Mozambique.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Bishop visits AU center she helped build
Bishop Laurie Haller led an Iowa delegation to visit Africa University’s Ubuntu Center, the product of a fundraising effort she led while she was a district superintendent in Michigan.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Commentary: Misused words in church debates
Bishop Michael J. Coyner talks about some of the terms he sees being misused in current debates in The United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:00:00 PM

 

The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark, and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the GCFA, Attn: Legal Department, PO Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203-0029; phone 615-369-2334; fax 615-369-2330

Background photos courtesy of VDOT.

The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100
Click here for directions to the Center