From the devotional archives – June 22, 2017
You wake up and probably immediately start thinking about all the things you have to do, challenges you face and problems with which you’ll have to deal. If you’re honest, it probably leaves you feeling excited, exhausted, anxious and overwhelmed all at the same time. But remember: you won’t have to do it alone because God’s going to walk with you today. And while you can’t figure out in advance what this means, you can be assured that God’s got a surprise in store for you!
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 Daily Digest articles and sharing big stories from local churches, annual conferences, and general agencies. With more space for content, we can live into our role as the source for news of the church, not just the news pieces that our team writes.”
United Methodist News Service produces about 400 pieces of original content yearly that are shared through weekly and daily news digests, through annual conference websites and e-newsletters and social media. About 2 million readers a year in 219 countries stay informed through UM News content.
The news service has been recognized consistently for excellence in communications, writing, and photography. The staff have received many awards from the United Methodist Association of Communicators, the Religion Communicators Council and the Associated Church Press.
Curated by a staff of professional journalists, the UM News site presents objective news pieces that focus on the church globally, striving to represent the many voices, views, and contexts of the denomination. About one-third of the news service’s stories came from Africa, the Philippines and Europe.
On UM News, readers can expect to see an even bigger increase in global coverage. “We’re strengthening our relationships with correspondents in the central conferences and increasing our capacity as a team for working in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Korean, and Portuguese,” noted Tim Tanton, chief news officer.
“With this new platform, visitors will be given immediate access to a large collection of news features, including special reports and commentaries,” Tanton said. “By moving the news service to its own website, we’re making it easier for people to access news articles, as well as better distinguish between the news of the church and other content that is produced within the church.”
Although a part of United Methodist Communications, United Methodist News Service is focused on providing fair and objective news coverage of what is happening in the church today. United Methodist Communications produces a wide variety of content ranging from inspirational features for spiritual growth to informational resources to assist churches in their ministries, as well as providing public relations, marketing, advertising to prospective members, connectional giving, and local church communications support.
Over the years, there has often been confusion within the church body as to the role of United Methodist News Service versus what United Methodist Communications offers as a whole.
The Book of Discipline specifically lays out the responsibility for a news agency within the church: “In keeping with the historic freedom of the press, it shall operate with editorial freedom as an independent news bureau serving all segments of church life and society, making available to both religious and public news media information concerning the church at large.”
The newly launched website serves as a catalyst for clarity between these agency offerings. News will be found on UMNews.org, while a broader range of content will appear on the denomination’s website, UMC.org. Later this year, a new website is planned for church leaders that will aggregate ministry resources from many sources across the church.
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About United Methodist News Service
UMNS is a trusted and timely official source of comprehensive information and news about The United Methodist Church. Through umnews.org, social media, and weekly and daily e-newsletters, UMNS provides in-depth, thought-provoking multimedia coverage that facilitates a deeper understanding of our global connection and how United Methodists are engaged in issues affecting our world today.
About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry. Find them online at umcom.org.
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Do you live near Nashville, Tennessee? Do you have a passion for social justice and a heart for people experiencing incarceration? Join us!
Who? Any United Methodist Women member
What? Participate in the three-day National Prison Summit led by Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) and join daily supplemental breakout sessions with other United Methodist Women members to empower ourselves for action.
Why? Partner with other United Methodists to learn how you and your church can help address the crisis of mass incarceration, the criminalization of communities of color and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Where? Nashville, Tennessee
When? The conference is October 25–27, 2018. Scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applicants who apply by September 1.
How much? United Methodist Women will be providing conference scholarships to a cohort of 10 participants. Note: The scholarship covers only the registration fee; it does not include travel or lodging. Applicants from outside the Nashville, Tennessee, area are welcome but will need to find other sources to cover their travel and lodging.
How do I apply? Apply online here! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Priority will be given to applications submitted by September 1. Email any questions to Executive for Racial Justice Emily Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More about the SBC21 National Prison Summit: prisonsummit.com
More about United Methodist Women: unitedmethodistwomen.org
From the devotional archives – June 27, 2017
When you get the chance to take a drive, get out of town for a few days or go on vacation, you often see yourself, others, your life and even God in a brand new way. But sometimes you can’t get away. So what do you do? Remember that God loves you more than you can ever know, has got your back and is never going to let anything get in the way of that love. Because when you do, God can change how you feel about things any time and any place!