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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Central Conferences
Jean Tshomba (center) hands food and other supplies to an internally displaced person from Bijombo, Congo, in front of New Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Uvira. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

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General Church
The Rev. Edgar De Jesus. Photo courtesy the Rev. Edgar De Jesus.

Commentary: Keep the main thing the main thing

Citing the church stance on homosexuality as a mostly U.S. concern, the Rev. Edgar De Jesus writes that Filipino United Methodists are more focused on how to make the Gospel relevant.

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