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On Ash Wednesday, it is the tradition of the church to focus on the cross, in the form of the imposition of ashes, and to read Psalm 51. This is also a spiritual practice for many every Friday, to ...
Florida Justice For Our Neighbors gives a hand and assistance to those who need it most
The following statement has the unanimous support of the Florida Annual Conference Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference
"Recognizing that structural unity is no longer feasible within the United Methodist Church regarding the matter of LGBTQ+ inclusion, and that such differences diminish our ability to be a vital and ...
The relationship between Florida United Methodist churches and those in Cuba result in God moments that strengthen everyone.
A visit to Virginia last October by a diverse group of United Methodists led participants to an inescapable conclusion. The first step to ending racism is to acknowledge it exists.
What if everyone on Valentine’s Day focused on agape love more than hearts, candy, and flowers?
A group of retirees called the Nomads travel the country in RVs, offering their help for home and church repairs, furniture refurbishing, or whatever else is need.
Participants in Florida Advocacy Day stress social justice and other issues to state lawmakers.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin chosen as Florida Conference candidate in 2020 episcopal election in the Southeastern Jurisdiction
She has a long, passionate desire to pursue social justice for everyone.
Bishop Ken Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Thom Shafer as the new South West District Superintendent effective July 1, 2020. Rev. Shafer will follow Rev. Dan Jackson, who is ...
We, the undersigned SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations, affirm the work done on the Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation, and recommend the Protocol be among the first ...
They are called upon to guide their congregation through times of tragedy. But these leaders also need personal time to deal with loss and heartache.
They will meet with lawmakers to push for many items related to social justice, including felon voting rights, immigration, feeding the hungry, and children’s rights.
Defining and Growing an Inclusive, Gracious and Evangelical Center: The Future[s] of The United Methodist Church
A conversation starter for clergy and key leaders across the Florida Conference. In the following monograph, Bishop Ken Carter invites us into the difficult work of listening.
Churches throughout the state will celebrate the anniversary that the Conference was founded.
Christians must remain on guard to confront prejudice and hate in whatever form they appear.
Assistance is available from the Conference to help mission workers have a more effective outcome for their labors.
Bishop Carter Announces Cabinet Changes
The HUGS ministry at New Covenant UMC in The Villages makes a joyful noise to those who need to hear it most.
Members learn ways to respond if the unthinkable occurs
The collaboration produced a path forward for the United Methodist Church
In cooperation with the aid organization Porch de Salamon, Trinity UMC fully funds the construction of a house and pays for medical mission services for Guatemalan villagers.
A line in a prayer led Steve Harper to go from a non-affirming theology to a different journey for the full inclusion of the LGBTQ community.
Instead of waiting for people to come to the church, Wildwood UMC is bringing Jesus to where they are.
Dealing with loss or pain at the holidays can be difficult, but some churches offer special services to address that need.
Pastor Jean-Jacques Agones, with help from Florida UMC churches, brings food, the Gospel, and education to a remote Haitian Island. It can be dangerous work
Streaming options help share the message of Christ beyond the Sanctuary walls.
Floridians face an urgent need to act against climate change to preserve God’s creation for future generations.
The United Methodist Church committed to bringing the gospel of Jesus to inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution.
Soon I will be traveling to Madrid, Spain, to meet with 22 other Creation Care leaders from around the world selected as Christian Observers at the United Nations annual climate conference called ...
The family service organization in Miami-Dade County offers education, nutrition, and financial planning to help many people break the cycle of poverty
Grace UMC in St. Augustine helped the city confront its racial divide and reach a joyful conclusion.
Semi-annual meeting includes a renewed commitment to relationships, which are at the heart of Jesus’ prayer for unity with his disciples.
The Conference is accepting applications for this important position.
There was pressure-washing, marathon style. There was the cutting back of overgrown trees and bushes, enough clippings to fill 75 industrial-sized bags. There were touch-ups and spruce-ups. Just in ...
In the 20 years since its founding, Justice for Our Neighbors has opened 17 offices in 15 states, including two in Florida. And, according to the National JFON website, it had its busiest year in 2018, serving 4,395 new clients from 112 different countries.
It’s part of a lot of exciting changes on the campus of the Children’s Home. Gym renovations also recently were completed.
Deb Ralph of Oakhurst UMC in Seminole is leaving for a mission trip to Kenya, where she will work in discipleship and assist Bishop Justus Bundi Miriti with the project for disabled children.
Apportionment payments for 2019 must be received in the lockbox at Regions Bank or paid on line by Friday January 10, 2020. This is not a postmarked by date but is the last day by which monies must ...
Apportionments for 2020 are now available on the conference website.
A refugee from Castro’s Cuba whose family endured imprisonment and forced labor for their religious devotion, Rev. Dr. Rini Hernandez will lead the effort. He has been a church-founding pastor and Methodist district superintendent in both Cuba and Florida.
The congregations routinely get together to do things, like the upcoming fall festival, which serves as a Halloween alternative. There are the Christmas cantata, the Easter sunrise service at the lake on the property of the Methodist church and the Fifth Sunday sings.
Bishop Carter's presentation will include insights regarding leadership in a season of change.
The Florida Conference will dedicate three rebuilt homes—one in LaBelle and two in Clewiston—with two of the ceremonies conducted completely in Spanish, a first.
The SERVE Retreats, which are open to middle and high school students from across the state, will focus on local service this year, national service in 2020 and international service in 2021.
The Community Hope Center, sometimes known as Hope 192, recently received a $75,000 Disney grant that will be used to start a program known as “Hotels to Home.’’
The beginnings of Native American Heritage Month go back to 1915, when Red Fox James, a Native American of the Blackfoot Nation, rode a horse from state to state seeking approval from 24 state ...
“They are part of a dance company. No experience is needed. It’s an outlet for them to express spiritual joy without competition and feeling they have to be perfect.”
Mandarin UMC and the emerging Fine Arts Conservatory team up to fill the gaps in art education, painting, sculpture, theater and music in the community surrounding the church.