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New UMC Handbook Now Available

7/7/2017

From United Methodist Communications The new United Methodist Church Handbook for this quadrennium is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination’s beliefs, mission, structure and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about The United Methodist Church and is helpful for leaders and new ...


GBHEM Candidacy Office Offers Financial Planning Services to Certified Candidates

7/6/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 27, 2017 – The Candidacy Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by ...


One Million dollars Being Donated for Theological Education

7/5/2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jerre and Mary Joy Stead of Scottsdale, Ariz., have committed $1,000,000 to The United Methodist Church’s efforts to increase and strengthen opportunities for theological education for church leaders in regions outside the United States. These regions are referred to by the denomination as central conferences. In the central ...


Two Recipients of the Miss. Conf. AU Endowed Scholarship Fund Recently Graduated

6/21/2017

Message from Elaine Jenkins, the director of planned giving at the Africa University Development Office sent to Bishop Swanson below: Grace and peace to you in this holy season of Pentecost,   We are very pleased to inform you and the Mississippi Annual Conference that two of the recipients of the Mississippi Annual Conference Endowed Scholarship ...


IAMSCU Conference Met Under Theme of “Tearing Down Walls”

6/20/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 20, 2017 – More than 300 participants from 30 countries across the Methodist connection and educational institutions worldwide gathered for the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU) conference on the campus of Universidad Madero, a Methodist school in Puebla, Mexico. An IAMSCU ...


Graduate at Africa University

6/19/2017

Photo courtesy of Africa University Odilon Mwaba (center) and Tikky Giorgio Olang’o (left) raise their caps in celebration at Africa University’s 2017 commencement. More than 700 students from 23 African countries graduated from the United Methodist university in Mutare, Zimbabwe. By Andra Stevens  | UMNS An Africa University alumnus told the ...


Message from Commission on a Way Forward Moderators

6/1/2017

From the director of Communications of the Council of Bishops WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2017) – The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are using a three-part commentary this summer in helping United Methodists throughout the world to understand work of the Commission.  The commentary will deal with the mission, vision and scope of the ...


Church Leaders Look at Possible U.S. Structure

5/31/2017

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS Gil Hanke, top executive of the Commission on United Methodist Men, and Bishop Tracy Malone, president of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, join in a small-group discussion during the Connectional Table meeting in Oslo, Norway. By Heather Hahn OSLO, Norway (UMNS) United Methodist leaders are looking at ...


Connectional Table Holds Second Face-to-Face Meeting

5/22/2017

From Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church Oslo, Norway: Connectional Table members from around the world gathered in Oslo, Norway, May 17-21 for their second face-to-face meeting of the quadrennium, with a dual focus on the worldwide nature of the church and creating vital congregations through the Four Areas of Focus. The Oslo ...


UMC Clergy Financial Literacy Summit Supported by Lilly Endowment Grant

5/11/2017

From Wespath Benefits and Investmens Glenview, IL—Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath), in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and the National Association of United Methodist Foundations (NAUMF), held the first Clergy Financial Literacy Summit (April 4-6, 2017) to focus on addressing the need for ...


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