United Methodist News Service launches UM News website

Nashville, Tennessee – United Methodist News Service, the official newsgathering agency of The United Methodist Church, has announced the launch of its new stand-alone website, UMNews.org. “UMNews.org allows for a better reader experience filled with engaging multimedia content and beautiful photographs that illustrate the news stories,” said news editor Vicki Brown. “We’ll be hosting UMNS […]

A trip to the farmers’ market

contributed by Caroline Ezell As a child, my grandmother took me on walks down Main Street in Blytheville to buy small, juicy tomatoes from an old man selling from a crate he held in his lap. She helped me pick peaches in a sprawling orchard not too far from there and I would eat them […]

Commission on the General Conference determines petition process

Nashville, Tenn.: The Commission on the General Conference has outlined a process for determining if petitions submitted to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference are in harmony with the Council of Bishops’ amended call to the session, which states that the purpose of the special session “shall be limited to receiving and acting […]

UMCOM partners with Burlap Media to offer Facebook grants for small churches

UMCOM has formed a new partnership with Burlap Media — a church-assisting organization that exists to help churches reach Millennials and Generation Z — to offer United Methodist churches a new way to reach their congregations. This new program will offer Facebook grants to churches that wish to reach their members, and non-members, through social media […]

Applications for 2019 Hendrix Youth Institute now available

The 2019 Hendrix Youth Institute will take place June 16 – 29. The first week will take place at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and the second week will include a trip to Washington, D.C. The Hendrix Youth Institute — HYI — is a program that helps rising high school juniors and seniors discern their […]

UMC Bishops call for prayers in aftermath of 232nd mass shooting in US in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter, who is also the resident bishop of the Florida Area, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the mass shooting today in Jacksonville, Florida, USA: “We are saddened again to learn of another mass shooting in Florida. We are praying for the […]