News & Views

The Florida Conference is dedicated to bringing you news stories about United Methodists here and beyond. Whether the news is about the global church or the church on the corner, look for it here. You’ll also find thought-provoking commentaries and opportunities for education and fellowship.

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April 11, 2017

Recent meeting optimistic about future, delves into tough task

The multinational commission held its third meeting April 6-8 at the United Methodist Building in Washington.

March 03, 2017

Way Forward group looking to get feedback

The commission, which held its second meeting Feb. 27-March 2 in Atlanta, must develop proposals aimed at keeping the multinational denomination together despite deep differences around homosexuality.

February 22, 2017

Florida 'Praying Our Way Forward' the week of Feb. 26

The Florida Annual Conference’s week of leading “Praying Our Way Forward” is Sunday, February 26, through Saturday, March 4. Resources to assist churches participating next week include a prayer by Bishop Carter and a litany for Ash Wednesday, as well as a video introducing our Florida prayer effort.

February 09, 2017

For Methodists in Cuba, 'These are good times'

Hard work and good relations—with fellow Cubans, United Methodists and others—help shape today’s church. All photos courtesy Mike DuBose, UMNS. This is part of a series of features on the church in Cuba.

February 06, 2017

Cuban worship: Music, prayer and passion

United Methodist News Service provides a four-part series that examines the state of the Methodist Church in Cuba. The articles, which were scheduled to be published January 31, February 2, 7, and 9, take a widespread look at how Methodism is growing throughout urban as well as rural regions of the nation. Linda Bloom, assistant news editor for UMNS, and Mike DuBose, veteran United Methodist Communications photographer, spent one week traveling throughout Cuba.They took advantage of a recent loosening of travel embargoes for Americans to the Caribbean Island to meet with pastors, members and missionaries.

January 26, 2017

Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting in Atlanta

Conversations ranged from reflection on challenges, hopes and concerns to the current state of what’s happening in the church to the meaning of unity to practical questions about how the Commission will go about its work and the processes and strategies that will be used to structure that work and meet the target dates.

December 23, 2016

Commission on a Way Forward: Update from the Moderators

Our way forward, as women and men created in the image of God, is to seek reconciliation with one another. It is not that we do the work of reconciliation so that we can later share the gospel through evangelism and mission. There is no evangelism, no mission, no gospel apart from reconciliation.

October 11, 2016

Conference responds to Matthew's impact on Haiti

Both UMCOR and UMVIM recommend volunteers to be patient until further communication is established with the Methodist Church in Haiti and the Circuit Superintendents of the affected areas.

September 30, 2016

Laity Sunday 2016 emphasizes vital worship

Resources are available from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, including posters, social media graphics and more.

September 27, 2016

World Communion Sunday is Oct. 2

On World Communion Sunday your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve. Links to resources are available.

September 21, 2016

Campaign for Africa University launched

The Campaign for Africa University, a four-year effort to raise $50 million, was unveiled at a banquet celebrating the work of longtime supporter and board member Maggie Jackson, who is retiring from the board.

August 08, 2016

Young people work toward change concerning racism

Resources for youth ministry and race conversations are available from several United Methodist agencies.

July 27, 2016

Bishop Carter to serve as a moderator of 'The Way Forward'

This post includes a press release from the Council of Bishops' executive committee regarding matters of unity and human sexuality prefaced by remarks by Bishop Ken Carter.

July 18, 2016

Resources for the Western Jurisdiction election of Karen Oliveto

Bishop Ken Carter offers resources and a reflection about the election of Karen Oliveto as a bishop.

July 13, 2016

Haupert-Johnson appointed bishop of North Georgia Conference

The Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson, a district superintendent of the Florida Annual Conference, has been elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. She has been appointed bishop of the North Georgia Conference for the next quadrennium.

July 08, 2016

July conferences to elect 15 U.S. bishops

While the U.S. political scene focuses on who is winning red and blue states, many United Methodists are preparing to vote on who will wear the purple.

May 26, 2016

Council of Bishops' letter to the church

Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church.

May 05, 2016

Florida GC media center launched

Use the GC 2016 link in the gray navigational bar near the top of the home page to access links to social media, news feeds and photo galleries on Florida's General Conference webpage headquarters.

May 04, 2016

Mother of Methodism: Susanna Wesley

This Mother's Day we honor Susanna Wesley. The example of faith and religious reverence she set for her children John and Charles inspired them to become powerful spiritual leaders and to launch the Methodist movement.

May 03, 2016

Haupert-Johnson launches episcopal candidacy website

The Florida Conference episcopal candidate's website includes sermons, a biography, endorsements and a video.

February 26, 2016

You’re welcome: tips for greeting visitors this Easter

Children's drawings, like this one of a visitor and a cross on Easter morning, can warm the ...

February 09, 2016

Postage stamp commemorates AME Church founder

The U.S. Postal Service kicks off Black History Month by unveiling a "forever" stamp that marks the life and witness of AME founder Richard Allen.

February 03, 2016

Lent begins Feb. 10; resources are available

Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays. It begins on Ash Wednesday – Feb. 10 this year – ...

February 01, 2016

Black History Month resources available

Black History Month resources are available courtesy of the denomination’s Discipleship Ministries. The theme for 2016 is “Unnatural Disasters: The Stony Road to Hope.”

January 25, 2016

How to recruit volunteers (when begging doesn't work)

United Methodist Communications offers some tips that include using volunteer matching services and exploring a Rethink Church grant.

January 05, 2016

Are online relationships healthy for teens?

The Internet, social media and gaming have created changes in the way teens form, nurture and maintain relationships that ministry leaders should consider.

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