About United Methodist News Service

United Methodist News Service is the official news agency of The United Methodist Church. It operates with editorial autonomy under the denomination’s Book of Discipline. It is a unit of United Methodist Communications.

UMNS is staffed by a team of veteran journalists:

  • Linda Bloom, news reporter and assignment coordinator, New York, (646) 369-3759 or lbloom@umcom.org
  • Kathy L. Gilbert, news reporter, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5471 or kgilbert@umcom.org
  • Heather Hahn, news reporter, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5475 or hhahn@umcom.org

The position of news editor is currently unfilled.

Additional contact information for tips, questions and comments: newsdesk@umcom.org or (615) 742-5470

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Bishop Judith Craig was the first woman bishop to be assigned to the West Michigan and Detroit Conferences, serving from 1984 to 1992. UMNS file photo.

Judith Craig, pioneering woman bishop, dies at 82

Bishop Judith Craig, the third woman elected as a United Methodist bishop, died Jan. 18 at 82 in Columbus, Ohio.

Daily Digest - January 18, 2019

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Andrew Ponder Williams.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Ponder Williams.

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