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African bishops condemn advocacy groups

African bishops meet during a retreat.

In a statement released September 8, African bishops have called for unity in The United Methodist Church while condemning traditionalist advocacy groups looking to break up the denomination.

5 UMC story lines to follow this fall

Pen, pad of paper, and magnifying glass

Dr. David W. Scott, United Methodist mission theologian, highlights these five United Methodist news story lines related to the future of the denomination to watch as we move into fall.

Inflation, gas prices complicate ministries

Pumping gas at a gas station.

High gas prices and inflation are affecting United Methodists across the U.S., including Michigan, as ministries negotiate travel demands and deal with increased demand at food pantries and other charities.

Connect with Ukrainian United Methodists

Bishop Christian Alsted meets with Ukrainian United Methodists

Learn about current United Methodist mission work in Ukraine on Saturday, September 10, during an online event with Ukrainian church leaders and Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic… Continue Reading Connect with Ukrainian United Methodists

Bishop Laurie Haller to retire

Bishop Laurie Haller

Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Conference announced that she plans to retire at the end of 2022, after being on medical leave following a February 16 fall that resulted… Continue Reading Bishop Laurie Haller to retire

Church court clarifies property-transfer rules

Book of Discipline

The Judicial Council clarified church law related to the transfer of property, ruling that Paragraph 2548.2 in the Book of Discipline cannot be used as a pathway to disaffiliate from… Continue Reading Church court clarifies property-transfer rules

Innovative worship institute kicks off

Photo of Rev. Cynthia Wilson from Discipleship Ministries

The Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson leads a new innovative worship institute which will provide training for musicians and worship leaders in the sacred music of Africana church traditions.

NCJ committee proposes return to 9 bishops

Members of the NCJ College of Bishops

The Committee on Episcopacy recommends to delegates to the upcoming North Central Jurisdictional Conference that the number of active bishops is not sustainable and should be returned to nine until… Continue Reading NCJ committee proposes return to 9 bishops

Kentucky churches respond to record flooding

Woman walking up stairs to home in Kentucky.

After record flooding in Eastern Kentucky, United Methodist volunteers are serving as God’s “hands and feet.”

UMs in Nigeria distribute 50 tricycles

Nigerians receiving tricycles donated through United Methodist partnership.

A partnership between the United Methodist Southern Nigeria Conference and the Beautiful Gate Handicap Center recently improved the lives of people with mobility issues.