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 - December 10, 2019

Strategizing for GC2020; Deadly violence in Congo; Churches build online presence
General Church
The morning worship during the final day of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

As GC2020 nears, fewer keep to the sidelines

United Methodists across the theological spectrum are taking public stands on the homosexuality debate and strategizing for the coming General Conference.
Social Concerns
Congolese youth, including United Methodists, pray for peace, during an ecumenical Church of Christ in Congo gathering in Bukavu, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists killed in Congo violence

A resurgence of attacks by armed groups in Beni has left more than 75 church families displaced alongside thousands of others in East Congo.