The United Methodist Church received nearly $3 million in donations in a single day as part of the global observation known as Giving Tuesday, or #GivingTuesday.
"Nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world," the UMC Global Ministries announced this week. The sum is an increase from the $2.4 million the Mainline Protestant denomination received at the same time last year.
"The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million, building additional incentive for giving. More than 770 projects and missionaries received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the designated giving channel of The United Methodist Church." more >>
For ages, churches have been a place of refuge for those seeking protection from the destructive ways of the world.
One Florida church has recently learned that human beings aren't the only ones who seek security from certain doom.
St. Luke's United Methodist Church of Orlando operates by the motto "all are welcomed." Apparently that includes a much loved two-legged Thanksgiving Day main entree. more >>
The United Methodist Church has raised $68 million to fight malaria, meeting 90 percent of its goal for the year.
In a campaign officially running through 2016, UMC leaders stated earlier this week that the denomination's Imagine No Malaria fundraiser is in its final stretch.
Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chair of the UMC's Global Health Initiative, told The Christian Post that Imagine No Malaria raised the $68 million via " ... numerous means that primarily include grassroots fundraising through local United Methodist congregations." more >>
The University of Southern California will be purchasing a church property that dates back to the 1930s as part of the public academic institution's ongoing expansion efforts.
USC is in negotiations to finalize the purchase of the campus of United University Church, a Los Angeles-based church jointly operated by a United Methodist congregation and a Presbyterian congregation.
Pastor Frank Wulf of United Church told The Christian Post that he could not comment on the pending transaction, but direct CP to an earlier interview he gave to The Los Angeles Times. more >>
The United Methodist bishops in Africa this week released a statement urging all bishops of their denomination to uphold the church's teachings on marriage and sexuality, saying they are "deeply saddened" that the Bible and the Methodist Book of Discipline are being ignored by some clergy.
"We are deeply saddened that the Holy Bible, our primary authority for faith and the practice of Christian living, and our Book of Discipline are being grossly ignored by some members and leaders of our Church in favor of social and cultural practices that have no scriptural basis for acceptance in Christian worship and conduct," the bishops said in a statement released this week at the Council of Bishops' fall retreat in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
"We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," the United Methodist Church says. "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching." more >>
United Methodist Church leadership has recently endorsed a plan to change the name of its central rule book.
Bishops of the divided denomination plan to change the name of the Book of Discipline to Things United Methodists Don't Agree On.