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Global Ministries Statement on Human Rights for All People

United Methodists are increasingly aware of the violation of human rights through the criminalization of homosexuality in countries such as Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, and India. These unjust measures reflect a concerning trend as reports indicate that five countries make homosexuality a capital offense, and imprisonment is possible in 66 countries.   This kind of legislation predictably …

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Celebrating Women’s History month in the UMC

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The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is celebrating Women’s History Month with special resources every day of March. The 2014 theme is “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” and GCSRW is marking that theme in The United Methodist Church three different ways: – Highlighting a different woman in UMC history each …

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La Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico celebra la vida de Iris Janet Rivera Casanova

La ingeniera Iris Janet Rivera Casanova, esposa del Rdo. Dr. Juan A. Vera Méndez, Obispo Emeritus de la Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico, falleció en horas de la noche del martes, 18 de febrero de 2014.

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Prayers Requested in Ukraine

Read an update and prayer request from John Calhoun, a United Methodist missionary serving in Ukraine. Dearest friends of the UMC in Ukraine, Peace to you all from Kyiv.  It is midday on Wednesday, and for the past 24 hours the center of Kyiv has been the scene of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and …

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March worship resources available

Inclusive/expansive-language prayers, calls to worship and liturgies that can be used in March (Women’s History Month) are available now through the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. All the worship elements are Lectionary based.

Clergy diversity mirrors membership

The number of United Methodist clergy of color increased by 7.6% in the United States over a five-year period, according to an analysis by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Clergy of various racial/ethnic groups mirror their proportions in the U.S. membership nationwide, the agency reported. The U.S. lay membership was …

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‘Do No Harm’ event to get new date

Plans for “Do No Harm 2015,” a sexual ethics summit addressing prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct and harassment of a sexual nature within The United Methodist Church, are being revised. The Interagency Sexual Ethics Task Force, convened by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, has decided it will set …

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UMCOR’s Return to Leyte

Rev. David Cosmiano is a United Methodist district superintendent for Eastern Visayas in the Philippines, a region heavily impacted by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Photo credit: Jerome Mercado

By Rev. David D. Cosmiano, District Superintendent, United Methodist Church, Eastern Visayas District, Philippines. On December 5-6, 2013, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) returned to Leyte Province in the Philippines to distribute relief goods among survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, or Haiyan, as the storm is known outside of our country. UMCOR is an …

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Free GCSRW webinar series begins Feb. 4

A series of webinars aimed at helping develop principled leaders in The United Methodist Church is being offered this year by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. “These webinars all offer skills for Christian leadership at the local, regional and connectional level,” said Audrey J. Krumbach, the agency’s director of gender …

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Is sexual misconduct still an issue?

Is sexual misconduct an issue of concern in The United Methodist Church? The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women reports some interesting responses to sexual ethics questions asked of clergy attending a boundaries training session.  For example, 41% of the respondents said they personally know someone who reports being the victim of …

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