Church life

Social Concerns
Since the Church’s inception, Methodists have been actively involved in social and political matters in order to build a more peaceful and just world. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Is The United Methodist Church involved in politics?

Can United Methodists be politically active? The Social Principles offer guidance about the interaction of church and politics.
Mission and Ministry
Church leaders say some of the responses to the coronavirus pandemic might help point the way to the future. Virus illustration courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 could push the church toward change

Church leaders guiding their flocks through the coronavirus pandemic say some of the responses to the emergency might help point the way to the future.
Local Church
North Rose United Methodist Church, in North Rose, N.Y., is using social media for worship and for small group meetings during the coronavirus threat. Photo courtesy of North Rose United Methodist Church.

Small churches undaunted by virus challenges

Despite coronavirus outbreak, United Methodist clergy and churches are finding ways to connect for worship, study and ministry.
General Church
On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” proposal to preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing for a new traditionalist-minded denomination. UM News reports on the process the group took to arrive at its plan. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Protocol process painful but fruitful

Participants in mediation talk about how agreement was found among markedly different perspectives for the future of The United Methodist Church.

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