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Making ‘worldwide’ be more than geography

Committees are working to identify essential components of the Book of Discipline to propose a process for developing a version that can be used worldwide to the 2016 General Conference. Read More

General Conference 2016

The General Conference 2016 mobile app brings the May 10-20 event in Portland, Oregon, to your mobile device. Special features will include news stories, videos, delegate resources, sponsor, exhibitor and volunteer registration.

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The Rev. Ande Emmanuel speaks to participants in a seminar to increase understanding between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Listening are (from left) Eunice B. Bill, McBride United Methodist Church, Jalingo, and Sharp M. Hassan and Sadiya Umar Mafiosi of the Federation of Muslim Women.

Building Peace in Nigeria

In November 2015, the General Board of Church and Society worked with local church leaders to facilitate an event that brought 30 Christians and 30 Muslims together for training and dialogue. Of the United Methodists attending, 75 percent were from northern Nigeria where Boko Haram has attacked churches on Sunday and killed at least 50 church members. Read More

U.M. Practices

The Rev. Erica Allen (center) welcomes Keith Wright (left) and the Rev. Toi King to worship at East Bank Church, a new church start meeting in the East Park Community Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Church planting is United Methodist tradition

United Methodists inherited a church-planting ethic from founder John Wesley. From the early days of his ministry, he took the gospel to people likely to be uncomfortable – or even unwelcome – in existing congregations throughout England. Read More


UMC pastors, leaders ahead of the tech game

United Methodist pastors and church leaders match or exceed the average technology adoption rates in the United States, according to new research from United Methodist Communications. Read More


Virtual Accountability

The Rev. Brian Sims and the Rev. Aaron Buttery met while part of the same church and school in Kentucky. As a part of a class exploring Wesley's concept of social holiness, they began meeting to develop a relationship of covenantal accountability. Read More

It Worked For Us!

Iona Orcutt modela her new prom dress.

A princess on prom day

Orcutt may not have had the opportunity to get a prom dress or even get to her high school prom without the help from the church with a cross and a flame. Read More

Disaster Relief

Signs in English and Spanish identify the Water Resource Center at Asbury United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. Asbury is one of eight churches providing filters, test kits and other supplies.

Hope for the long haul in Flint

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has moved in and out of headlines across the United States, but the human need and compassionate response have remained constant. Read More

United Methodism

Hammerfest, Norway, is home to the world’s northernmost United Methodist ministry. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen

Northernmost United Methodist congregation thrives

North of the Arctic Circle, this church in Hammerfest, Norway gives young people a warm reception. Read More

Publisher's Column

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United we help millions

As General Conference 2016 meets, there will be celebration of what has been accomplished by United Methodists -- and a discerning of God's answer to "what's next" for The United Methodist Church. Read More


Intern Challye Hays laughs with children as they play during a  Project Transformation Family Fun Night at Antioch (Tennessee) United Methodist Church. Project Transformation is among the recepients of Young Clergy Initiative grants.

Discernment, education support starting points to develop Christian leaders

With a focus on leadership, education and young people, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is "Preparing Global Leaders for a Global Church." Read More

Global Health

The support of the Global Health Initiative has helped improve health care in Zimbabwe -- and given the church a voice when decisions are made about health care matters.

Global health advances merit celebrating

Some of the greatest global health-related celebrations of the past four years have resulted in part from United Methodist-sponsored programs and partnerships, says Dr. Olusimbo Ige, executive director for the Global Health Unit of the General Board of Global Ministries. Read More

State of the Church

Peter Cibuabua

God unites us

Peter Cibuabua: "I speak of the State of the Church in Democratic Republic of Congo, believing that God is powerfully at work in a similar way around the world." Read More