Delegate Counts for 2020 General Conference Announced


Nashville, Tenn.: The Secretary of the General Conference announced today the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated, and certificates of election are on the way to bishops and annual conference secretaries. The computation involves applying a statistical formula contained in The ...

GBHEM Offers UM Students Options for Funding Education


NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 29, 2017 – Student loan debt is not always avoidable for those pursuing higher education. Interest rates for educational loans can vary from lender to lender, and federal student loan interest rates have been increasing year-over-year. Thankfully, United Methodist students do not have to worry about increasing interest ...

Council of Bishops Meeting Update


The Council of Bishops (COB) met at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina last week to receive an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward; elect new officers; and prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference among other things. From the president’s address to giving feedback on the interim report of the Commission, the bishops ...

Bishop Discusses Future Security Task Force


Once again, we grieve with our sisters and brothers in Christ who have become victims of evil behavior in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  The kind of grief we feel is the same grief expressed in God’s words to Cain after Cain murdered his brother Abel,    “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ...

Bishop Shares Interim Report from Commission on a Way Forwward


To my sisters and brothers of the Mississippi Episcopal Area, I am currently attending an Active Bishops Learning Retreat that began at the conclusion of our Council of Bishops (COB) Fall Meeting. The majority of our time together during the COB was spent receiving a preliminary report from the Commission on A Way Forward. The official report of ...

Pastoral Letter from the Africa Bishops


To all God’s children called United Methodists in Africa, Grace, peace and love from God our Father and from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who was, who is and who ever shall be. AMEN As we converge here at Lake Junaluska together with our colleague United Methodist Bishops from around the connection for our 2017 November Council of Bishops ...

Court Maintains Stand on Ministerial Candidates


Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. By Linda Bloom Oct. 28, 2017 | ...

Praying, Singing as White Supremacists Rally


Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS The Rev. Jackson Henry, member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, joined several hundred others in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to protest a white-supremacist rally that was planned but later canceled Oct. 28. Story by Heather Hahn, photos by Kathy L. Gilbert Oct. 30, 2017 | SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The Rev. Laurie ...

How and Why the Church Invests in the Future through Education


From Higher Education and Ministry NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 19, 2017 – Alexis Bazydola and Paul Tribble are recipients of the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship and examples of the why the investment in the education and development of our future leaders is a priority for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). ...

Grants Available for Young People’s Racial Justice Projects


From the office of Discipleship Ministries NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 22, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ Applications are now available for grants to help United Methodist young people with a passion for racial justice to initiate projects that can impact their church, community and world.   Grants up to $2,500 per project will provide seed money to ...

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