Dismantling Racism Panel Discussions

The General Commission on Religion and Race in partnership with the Council of Bishops, United Methodist Women, the General Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Communications, is hosting panel discussions on dismantling racism.

Experts come together to talk about the history of racism and what the church can do–both as a body and as individual members–to move toward racial justice.

Explore previous conversation below and plan to join us for our next panel discussion. videos

Kairos Palestine & The Global Church: Standing at the Crossroads of 2020

Wednesday,
14 OCTOBER 2020
10am PT, 1pm ET (US, Canada)
5pm UTC / 7pm Palestine

Register here:
https://umkr-mfsa.events/14OCT2020

A free webinar series for church leaders who are pastoring in the midst of a divided country.

Americans feel more divided from their fellow Americans than they have in decades. And nowhere is this more painful than in our churches, where we are called to put aside our differences and come together as Christian family. Pastors were already planning for the tensions that elections can sometimes create, but this year’s pandemic, economic worries, and racial injustices have exposed further how divided we are as a country.

With many Americans reporting they are “worn out” by political discussions:

– How do church leaders pastor through this great divide and bring prophetic hope to their communities?
– How do we hold space for multiple views without holding space for harm?
– How do we disagree without becoming enemies?
– How do we transform our fears into opportunities for being light in the world?

Join us in this important series as we give hope and seek transformation for our weary spirits. register now

Navigating Racial Biases & Cultural Distinctions for Better Ministry 2020 (New Ministries)

Rev. Anthony Boger will teach and facilitate a conversation focused on addressing issues around racial biases and cultural distinctions, addressing the issues of segregation that hinder our church from moving into new models of effective ministry.  Rev. Boger comes to us with a career-long journey specializing in multicultural and multiracial ministry.  The social issues that separate people groups and continue to destroy our trust in one another cannot be ignored any longer.

Many of the answers needed to heal our communities must begin in the church, thus the conversation and learning about overcoming the hurdles that keep church communities from moving forward in peace, love, and cultural acceptance beyond one’s own homogenous groupings. RSVP online now

UM Creation Justice Summit 2020 (JCEMT)

Join fellow United Methodists from across the United States for the 2020 Online Creation Justice Summit. Attendees will be encouraged to dream boldly of ways they can play a key role in healing the planet, dive deeper into advocacy and Green Team development training, gather wisdom from speakers and other leaders, and gain strength and inspiration by worshiping together.

Keynote Speakers are Bee Morehead, Director of Texas Impact and Texas Center for Interfaith Public Policy, and Rev. Michael Malcom, Executive Director of Alabama Interfaith Power and Light.

Since the Summit is online this year and travel isn’t necessary, it is our hope that this event will be accessible for people from across the country and that we will have representatives from every US annual conference.

This Zoom gathering will be accessed by computer or cell phone; the link will be emailed to registrants the week before the event. register online now

CHURCHES AND LAITY INVITED TO GIVE: LOVE, JOY, HOPE AND PEACE IN THE MIDST OF 2020’S CHALLENGES

The year 2020 has been a difficult one. The pandemic forced many to reflect on the past, reconsider priorities and cope with uncertainty. In the midst of this time of great change, one thing has remained constant: Missio Dei, God’s mission. The mission work of The United Methodist Church continues and would not be possible without the prayers, generosity or support of laity, leaders and local churches. Thank you.

As we look toward the future, we know God’s mission continues through the work of Global Ministries. With this in mind, local churches and laity are invited to join in giving love, joy, hope and peace through the mission and disaster response agency’s end-of-year campaign. Between November 1 and December 31, churches will have the opportunity to share stories of the transformational work of The Advance and discover how financial gifts made through The Advance impact lives with their congregations.

Global Ministries connects the church in mission through evangelism and church growth, missionaries, global health and disaster response and recovery. Every contribution makes a difference in this important work.

Help us spread the word by visiting ResourceUMC.org/GiveLove to access resources to aid church leaders and laity to share how they can support God’s mission and participate in the GIVE: LOVE, JOY, HOPE, PEACE campaign.

Since 1948, support of The Advance, the designated mission giving channel of the church, has raised funds that positively affect change within communities and empower individuals across the globe. Thanks to faithful giving, The Advance has funneled more than $1 billion to thousands of people, equipping ministries worldwide.

For additional information and resources about the GIVE: LOVE, JOY, HOPE, PEACE campaign, click the button below. resources

U.S. Bishops call for full participation in November elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Methodist bishops based in the United States today issued a statement on Faith and Democracy, calling on the people of The United Methodist Church to support voter registration and encourage people to vote in the November 3 elections. continue reading

Bishop Hagiya’s Briefing (October 5, 2020)

We are living in a time of totally uncertainty. There are a lot more adjectives we can cite: dislocation, disillusionment, disorientation, and dis-ease. The only thing that is certain in our times is uncertaintycontinue reading

Bishop Hagiya’s Briefing (September 21, 2020)

Upon hearing of the news of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I went into a deep sadness, but even deeper depression that evening. “RBG” as she is affectionally referred to, was not only a renowned Supreme Court Justice, but a towering example of fairness, justice and compassion. To lose someone of this stature in our divided and polarized society made me mourn what will happen next. The political divide will jump on the implications of naming her replacement on the Supreme Court, and even though her life exemplified fairness, her death will be used to continue the polarization and divide we are facing as a nation. continue reading

Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. Honored with “Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. Day” by Los Angeles County

On a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to proclaim September 22 as “Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. Day.” continue reading


The first day of fall is only a couple of weeks away! Here are some ideas for outreach and ministry:

Honor grandparents with the #IGiveUMC campaign

IGiveUMC

Now through September 13, the #IGiveUMC campaign is highlighting grandparents and the blessings they offer in their families, communities and churches. Show gratitude for grandparents and support your local church by launching an #IGiveUMC campaign in your community! A suite of downloadable resources is available in five languages. download now

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15! Invite your community to attend special events and worship services with the help of outreach resources crafted specifically for this important celebration. Customize and order postcards, invitation cards and a banner, available in English and Spanish. order resources

Order ‘Stand Against Racism’ T-shirts

end racism

Planning to attend an event, community gathering, special worship service or demonstration in support of racial justice? Order a “United Methodists Stand Against Racism” T-shirt for yourself or your group! Sizes S-3XL are available, in both long- and short-sleeved styles. order today

Did you know?

Did you Know

World Communion Sunday funds education for church leadership in The UMC. Half of the gifts made on this Special Sunday will benefit World Communion Scholars, students pursuing expertise in a wide range of fields as they follow God’s call to serve communities and churches around the world. learn more

Dismantling Racism panel discussion: Sept. 16

Panel

Mark your calendar for the next Dismantling Racism panel discussion event, titled “The Theological Roots of Racism and Colonialism.” On September 16 at noon CT, panelists will discuss how the church has the ability to theologically interpret our current realities, naming where God is present and where humanity is called to help bring about the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Join us 9/16 at noon CT

Extend invitations to connect

Fall outreach

People are yearning to be a part of a caring community. Invite them to visit yours, whether in person or online! Take a moment to explore, customize and order fall outreach resources, including postcards, banners, yard signs and more. Use coupon code UMCF20 to get up to $150 off these resources for your local church! order now



UMCOR Responding to Hurricane Laura Needs

UMCOR-trained Emergency Response Teams have been responding to the critical needs of people impacted by Hurricane Laura since the storm made landfall last week.

The most urgent need is for funds to purchase water, generators and fuel and to supply transportation, food, and personal protective equipment for volunteers. Residents and volunteers cannot stay in the affected areas due to the damage and a strict curfew imposed to ensure public safety. Volunteers must travel each day between badly damaged areas and supply hubs.

UMCOR-trained volunteers are already at work assisting people – will you please help?

Your help is needed, today, to provide the tangible items necessary for relief work. give now

Dual Threat of COVID-19 and Malaria

While people around the world are wearing masks and exercising social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, mosquitos are doing neither!

Every 2 minutes, a child dies of malaria according to a 2019 study released by the World Health Organization. And at a time when the infectious disease of the coronavirus poses worldwide danger, the insect-borne disease of Malaria is still at large.

And yet, there are simple and effective interventions for both diseases. You can give them to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

In over 300 partnering hospitals and clinics, gifts from people like you are helping to provide essential services in the ongoing fight against malaria and now, COVID-19:

  • Accessible health facilities staffed by medical professionals
  • Vaccinations and prenatal care for pregnant women
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene facilities
  • Mosquito nets
  • Masks, gloves and hand sanitizers

Deaths have been cut in half since 2000 thanks, in part, to efforts such as The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. The spread of COVID-19 is being mitigated by Global Ministries’ Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities.

Essential services provided at UMC-partnering health facilities are effective, affordable and needed now more than ever! give now

Bishop Hagiya’s Briefing (September 7, 2020)

As we enter into our sixth month of social isolation and no real end to the Coronavirus infections, we are seeing the more long-term effects of this devastating disease. Secondary, yet just as worrisome, are the anxiety and depression that is settling in among our society. continue reading

Toiletry Kit Ministry Helping Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Immigrants (Disaster Response)

How does one start a new ministry? Sometimes it is just a matter of offering to help existing ministries.

The California-Pacific Disaster Response Task Force recognized last fall that the humanitarian crisis on our southern border is a disaster in which our Task Force should be taking a more active role. The Disaster Response Task Force has since become more involved with the Cal-Pac Immigration Task Force in searching for ways to address the problems facing asylum seekers, immigrants and migrants.

The Lord must have heard the people crying out for help. This spring, the Disaster Response Task Force received a large donation of hotel hospitality items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, disposable razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc). What to do? continue reading

VBS, pandemic style

Summer is synonymous with Vacation Bible School (VBS). But VBS, pandemic style, requires pairing safety with creativity. continue reading

Bishop Hagiya’s Briefing (July 27, 2020)

I am teaching United Methodist Polity this summer, and as I go through the material, I can’t help but to filter our Book of Discipline and secondary resources on polity through the lens of COVID-19. continue reading

Bishop Hagiya’s Emergency Health Care Briefing (July 14, 2020)

By now you have probably heard that Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered that all in-person worship services cannot meet in almost all counties in California. continue reading

2020 COVID-19 Update from Bishop Hagiya

As predicted by our health experts, COVID-19 cases are continuing to spike after normalizing with social distancing. Thinking only of re-election, many of our politicians rushed to reopen too soon, and we are seeing the dire consequences playing out before our eyes. continue reading

Pride Worship 2020 (Video)

During this season of pandemic and stay at home orders, many Pride celebrations have been cancelled. The LGBTQIA+ community of the UMC are now having to wait an additional fifteen months longer for a decision from General Conference, continue reading

What does the United Methodist Church say about Racism

The 2020 killings of three African Americans — George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who died at the hands of police, and Ahmaud Arbery, chased and shot to death by two individuals — sparked a national outcry against white supremacy and institutional racism, a protest that has now spread globally.

How is the UMC responding? Click Here