Following the tragic high school shooting in Florida last week, Bishop Palmer is inviting The West Ohio Conference to join him in praying for the people, churches, pastors, and leaders of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference issued this statement following the shooting:
An international group of United Methodist leaders heard more details on three possible models for how the church ministers with LGBTQ individuals.
Three participants in the Commission on a Way Forward presented an update on their work to four denominational leadership bodies holding a joint meeting in this western African country.
Together, the four groups have members who span the denomination’s global membership and theological spectrum. Many came from central conferences — church regions in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.
The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe has collaborated with Homelink for a workshop aimed at teaching women entrepreneurship skills.
The goal of the five-day workshop, held at Harare Institute of Technology, is to empower female church members to start their own businesses. The women learned how to draft their own proposals and secure loans from financial institutions.
Field trips for young ones living at the Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village in Duahzon, Liberia, will be much easier thanks to the gift of a 16-seat bus.
“We need to expose the children of the village to the world around them,” said the Rev. Robert N. Sieh, director.
The bus, 64 mattresses and various other items, worth more than $20,000 total, were givento the village by the Detroit Conference of The United Methodist Church, and by Maple Grove United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.
The bus will help with administrative tasks and overall efficiency.
DISTRICT DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM RETURNS FROM TEXAS
When the immediate danger is over, the media tends to move on to the next news-making story. Hurricane Harvey administered its wrath on the Gulf Coast in August of 2017. Five months later there are still hundreds of homes that were flooded, cleared out and now awaiting rebuilding.
If The United Methodist Church had a “Paid-in-Full” stamp, it would be getting good use around the world.
A record 28 of the 56 U.S. United Methodist conferences paid 100 percent of requested general-church giving in 2017, the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration reports.
Dreamers are not villains, they are children of God, said United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño.
“I have been very concerned about the way Dreamers, young people, are being villainized and used in this whole appropriations process,” said Carcaño, chair of the United Methodist Council of Bishop’s Immigration Task Force and episcopal leader of the California-Nevada Conference.
The United Methodist Church’s global membership now exceeds 12.5 million.
These membership figures come from the most recent annual conference journals sent to the General Council on Finance and Administration. The vast majority of the journals are from 2016 with some from 2017 or earlier years including one from 2013.