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Disaster Recovery & SHIP Program to partner on $1.8 million grant
The Conference partnership with the SHIP program will help South Fort Myers tornado victims on the long road to recovery
Bishop Carter announces full time appointment changes
Bishop Carter announces full time appointment changes to take effect July 1, 2022.
"He was lynched because he didn't matter"
Bigots lynched Robert Johnson of Tampa in 1934 because he was Black. They thought no one would care, but community leaders and United Methodists came together to prove those people were wrong.
"Justice is what love looks like in public"
It is not surprising to hear about the church bearing witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ by feeding the hungry, housing the houseless, visiting those in prison and providing disaster relief. ...
A high honor for the extraordinary life of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
On July 13, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the 15th child of former slaves, will take her rightful place among the giants of our nation. That's the official unveiling of her 8-foot tall, 6,130-pound statue in Washington's Statuary Hall.
COVID relief grants help make churches stronger
Getting a grant from a COVID-19 emergency fund established by the Florida United Methodist Foundation and Florida Conference did more than ease the financial stress at cash-strapped churches.
Introducing Fresh Expressions United Methodist (FXUM)
Across the global pan-Methodist family, teams of practitioners are cultivating new Christian communities with new people, in new places, and in new ways. We are collecting and sharing imagination, wisdom, and practices from across the connection to help resource local churches and church planters in this work.
UCF Wesley feeds students on campus as food prices increase
Wesley at UCF offers free dinner every week to support students throughout their path in college.
Blessed be their Ukrainian ties
United Methodists with close ties to Ukraine include former missionaries to that country, as well as pastors with Ukrainian heritage, and local churches that have made mission trips to Ukraine.
Delegates urge hope for denomination's future
More than 275 General Conference delegates and other church leaders have signed an open letter sharing their commitments to strengthening The United Methodist Church.
A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Carter
Dear Friends, I write to you as we lament the violence and loss of life in the Ukraine. We pray for peace, and we lift up United Methodist churches in this area and all people living in harm’s way. ...
Bishop Carter's Pastoral Response to the General Conference Announcement
We learned today of the postponement of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church until 2024. The decision was made with deliberation by the Commission on the General Conference, which is ...
Stories from the mission fields are a perfect devotional for Lent
During this season of Lent, long-time missionaries Ardell and Gordon Graner prepared a devotional featuring 47 stories from the mission fields, showing the impact that comes from sharing Christ's love.
"I was shocked at what I saw"
Malnutrition in Angola is beyond the crisis stage. A severe drought has ravaged the land, leaving children particularly vulnerable to starvation. Statistics show 50% of them will die. Icel Rodriguez of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is trying to help.
Celebrating African American Heritage Month
Frederick Douglass: His Influence on Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Women's Rights is a Light from The Past and a Beacon for The Future
A Call to Prayer and Peacemaking
I write today to call all of us to prayers for peace in the Ukraine and across Europe. I have written to my colleague, Eduard Khegay, who is the Bishop of United Methodists in Russia and the Ukraine, ...
Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of Song from the Black Church Experience
Discipleship Ministries presents a four-part video series, “Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of Song from the Black Church Experience” with Bishop Ernest Lyght and the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Executive Director of Worship Resources.
Mental health initiative takes first steps to help students cope
Like many college students, Grace Oldham feels the compounding effects of work demands, classes and campus life. Mindful of her own need for mental wellness, she took advantage of the free counseling services offered at her school, the University of Florida in Gainesville. Now, she wants to continue care for the long-term, but is facing some barriers.
The Boy Scout oath makes a difference when you live the words
Scouting still provides the important values of leadership, servant development, and reinforces one's duty to God and country.
Virtually retrace our Savior's steps on the Jesus Journey
Retrace Jesus' steps on his final journey from Capernaum, to Jerusalem, and ultimately to an empty tomb on the Jesus Journey, a virtual experience offered by First Sebring UMC
“For the Transformation of the World”: Our Methodist Mission of Love and Justice
Florida Conference student Wyatt Robinson describes how this understanding of the UMC mission statement continues to grow.
Foundation president announces retirement
The Rev. Mark Becker, who served as the Florida United Methodist Foundation president since 2015, announced his plans to retire.
Northwind Seminary fits the needs of Licensed Local Pastors
The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church offers scholarships to the online seminary, which features top-notch individual instruction for advanced degree completion or simply inspiration.
FLUMC Disaster Response Team lends helping hand in Fort Myers
It could take years for some residents to recover from the devastating storms. You can help the effort with your donation.
Lent: The Original Quarantine
What might the origins of Lent offer us—a weary, wilderness people in a seemingly unending season?
Reaching seekers and the curious means going outside church walls
Living Room Church and Virtual Reality Church takes God's message to where the people are.
Rev. Debbie Allen Appointed as New District Superintendent
Rev. Debbie Allen will begin her appointment as superintendent of the South West District starting July 1, 2022. Rev. Allen will replace Rev. Thom Shafer who is retiring.
Annual Conference 2022 Resolutions Due Jan. 31
According to the Standing Rules of the Florida Conference, Par. 206 2(d), “All submitted resolutions must be received by the Conference Secretary by Jan. 31 to be considered at the regular Annual ...
New Year, New Hope for Rural America in the Fight Against COVID
Rural communities are among the hardest hit as another wave of the pandemic rolls across America and Omicron renews COVID’s assault on the unvaccinated.
Register now for Florida Advocacy Days virtual workshop
Florida Advocacy Days is nearly upon us. We feel a sense of excitement and urgency to advocate as we continue through the pandemic and look forward to doing this work with you. Children’s Week and ...
Remembering Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave
Jay Weaver, 42, co-founding member of the Christian rock band Big Daddy Weave, died of complications from COVID-19. He was a lifelong United Methodist.
"We don't want to build a castle. We want to build a kingdom."
The Small Church Leadership Podcast lets pastors of those churches know someone understands what they're going through.
Two new District Superintendents are ready for the challenge
District superintendents play a vital role in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. They are the liaison between the local churches and the Conference office. They are encouragers, ...
Apportionments and End of Year Payments
Apportionment payments for 2021 must be received in the lockbox at Regions Bank or paid online by Monday January 10, 2022. This is not a postmark date but is the last day by which monies must be ...
United Methodists reach settlement in Boy Scouts' Bankruptcy Case
United Methodist leaders have reached a settlement in the matter of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) pending bankruptcy proceedings. Upon final court approval, the settlement would absolve any claims of sexual abuse that may have occurred in congregation-sponsored Scouting programs.
Dr. Mary Bethune's legacy: Finding diamonds in the rough
The ripples of Mary McLeod Bethune's life continue today in the lives of students and ministers inspired by her incredible story. Placing her statue in the U.S. Capitol is a fitting tribute.
Worship Warehouse offers free music for churches
Congregations struggling to find resources to supplement virtual services can access free music videos covering a number of styles along with other resources in this new site in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
United Methodists respond after devastating twisters
UM churches are mobilizing quickly to provide food, emergency shelter and other relief while also dealing with their own needs.
Florida Conference to aid relief effort from Kentucky tornadoes
How can you help? For now, Kentucky needs your prayers and donations of money.
Bishop Ken Carter Announces Appointment of Michael Beck as Director of Fresh Expressions Florida
Beginning January 1, 2022, Rev. Dr. Michael Beck will lead Fresh Expressions Florida as its newly appointed director.
Kenyan orphans find hope in vocational education
Four Florida UMC congregations have partnered with Inua Partners in Hope to teach nearly 900 orphans and vulnerable young people in Kenya various job skills.
Today Justice Has Prevailed
The death of Ahmaud Arbery and the involvement of Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William Bryan is such a tragedy on many levels.
After COVID-19 shutdown, Institute of Preaching is back in session
The Institute, back after the COVID-19 shutdown, works with individual pastors with tips and training about effective preaching methods.
Setting criteria for a 2022 General Conference
Organizers are pressing forward with plans to hold what many expect to be a pivotal General Conference next year. At the same time, they acknowledge that the pandemic may once again thwart those plans.
To be United Methodist: What is Advent?
Nov. 28 is the first Sunday in Advent, the time of preparation and anticipation of the coming of Christ into the world.
Annual Conference 2022 – Get Ready to See One Another!
Get ready to see one another! The Florida Annual Conference 2022 session will be back to an in-person event and will be held on June 9-11 (a general schedule will be released in the new year) on the...
Training available for Florida Advocacy Days
Florida Advocacy Days Bill Information & Training Session November 30, 2021 | 7- 8:30 p.m. Hello Advocates, Florida Advocacy Days is a vital partnership between the 11th Episcopal District ...
"They know I am there for good"
Melissa Stevens, inmate number G30701 to the Florida Department of Corrections, didn't know anything about Rev. Kris Schonewolf the first time they met. Until that point, it had been just another day...