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 - April 17, 2019

Centrists, progressives to discuss church's future; Creative spirit lifts Philippines' churches; Bishops discuss GC2019 at BMCR
General Church
The Rev. Jasmine Smothers, lead pastor of Atlanta First United Methodist Church, has been among the conveners of recent meetings by centrists and progressives to discuss the denomination's future. Photo by Les Scarbrough, Atlanta First United Methodist Church.

Centrists, progressives to discuss church's future

Unhappiness with General Conference 2019 prompts plan for big meeting, with dissolution and ‘gracious exit’ among the options.
General Church
A United Methodist deaf choir signs the words of a hymn during worship in the Baguio Area in northern Philippines. Across the country, an assessment team saw evidence of church vitality. Photo courtesy of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters.

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches

A United Methodist team looked at whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group’s report highlighted church strengths and needs.