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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Daily digest - August 23, 2019

Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence; Church rises from ashes of 2016 wildfire; Bishop tours struggling Illinois farms
Social Concerns
Norma P. Dollaga, a United Methodist deaconess, joined other religious groups during an Aug. 20, 2019, protest decrying the killings and violence on Negros Island. Filipino United Methodists have strongly condemned the bloodshed. Photo courtesy of Tetang Dollaga, UM News.

Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence

State terrorism prevails on Negros Island, the Philippines Board of Church and Society said in condemning the latest killings.
Social Concerns
Anti-extradition demonstrators march to call for democratic reforms, in Hong Kong, China, July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.

As Hong Kong protests continue, so do prayers

Methodist resident says Christians reach out to both protesters and the government in a spirit of prayer.