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Bishop Johnson begins 2nd term on Church & Society board

Bishop Johnson begins 2nd term on Church & Society board

Bishop Peggy Johnson begins her second term on the General Board of Church and Society today at the board’s organizational meeting for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. The meeting, Sept. 21-24, is… Read more

Pictured are six of the girls stranded at June Hartranft Memorial Primary School for Girls in Sierra Leone after the country’s deadly Ebola outbreak. From left are Esther Cooper, 15; Kadiatu Juana, 10; Hawa Bayoh, 10; Ramatu Kamara, 11; Magdalene Kamara, 9; and Aminata Bayoh, 11.

Sierra Leone school struggles after Ebola, but relies on Ephrata UMC’s support

In the UM News Service August 16 story “United Methodists care for girls stranded after Ebola” Sierra Leone Conference Communications Director Phileas Jusu writes about the lingering effects of the… Read more

3 UM clergy arrested for sit-in protest over wages at PHL

3 UM clergy arrested for sit-in protest over wages at PHL

About a dozen clergy leaders staged a sit-in protest for higher wages at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, July 21, and were briefly arrested. Among them were: the Rev. David… Read more

UM clergy close both political conventions in prayer

UM clergy close both political conventions in prayer

Two UM clergymen are part of the prayer life of both national political conventions happening this month in the U.S. presidential race. And both get to play their key roles… Read more

The Rev. David W. Brown, Deacon, (center) joins newly elected Bishops LaTrelle Miller Easterling (left) and Cynthia Moore-Koikoi in serving Communion during their consecration service at First UMC Lancaster July 15, at the close of the NEJ Conference.

Unity but not uniformity

The last became first through much of The United Methodist Church’s Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, where nearly 300 delegates and bishops from 10 annual conferences met July 11-15, in Lancaster, Pa. The first plenary session, held on Monday night, honored peoples too often thought of last in our church and society.

Members of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church hold glow sticks during a prayer vigil in response to the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.Members of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church hold glow sticks during a prayer vigil in response to the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

After Orlando’s tragedy leaders urge prayer and action

Leaders across The United Methodist Church–from bishops to pastors to laity–are calling for heartfelt prayers in their lamentations over the bloody massacre that killed an unprecedented 49 people and injured… Read more

UMC delegates navigate legislative turbulence

UMC delegates navigate legislative turbulence

The United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2016 may resemble a rambunctious roller coaster ride to some, lacking only its speed, but with plenty of emotional ups and down, highs and… Read more

General Conference plenary actions begin

General Conference plenary actions begin

Plenary sessions of the 2016 General Conference got underway Monday, after a week of mostly legislative committee meetings, major addresses, worship services and several celebrations.  While worship and celebrations continue,… Read more

The Global Church Gathers for General Conference 2016

The Global Church Gathers for General Conference 2016

Leaders of The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body have come from four continents to meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20. General… Read more

On Fire! Pentecost Worship

On Fire! Pentecost Worship

Renowned church music and worship director Marcia McFee says the metaphor of a church on fire is a good one for the day of Pentecost, which begins for Christians on Pentecost Sunday, May 15. “Pentecost Sunday represents an… Read more