United Methodist Church

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)


The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. Its purpose is to connect the church in mission and in doing so, it seeks to equip and transform people and places for God's mission around the world. Its four mission goals are to make disciples of Jesus Christ; strengthen, develop, and renew Christian congregations and communities; alleviate human suffering; and to seek justice, freedom, and peace. The website of the General Board of Global Ministries, including the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the relief and development unit of the organization, is: http://www.umcmission.org/.

This aspiration and vision both support the Biblical teachings of Christ, the mission of the General Commission on Religion and Race and that of the Church. To accomplish this, GCORR is committed to developing new leaders in the Church, which will lead to new ideas and innovations that will help the Church adapt to changing times.

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VIDEO: United Methodist Bishops' Juneteenth Announcement - Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom

Friday June 19, 2020
On Juneteenth, Bishops of The United Methodist Church launch a multi-level effort to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. Watch here.

Kathy L. Gilbert: Addiction, Mother’s Day and God’s grace

Friday May 11, 2018
Around 4 a.m. I hear Eli start his day with a tiny, sharp roar. Emily’s feet are shuffling across the creaking hardwood floor on to the way to the brown leather recliner. 'Stop, Eli,' she says, I can hear the yawn in her voice. Either he does or I go back to sleep until around 5:30 a.m. when my alarm starts buzzing.

Ryan Dunn: What Is Christmas All About?

Saturday December 02, 2017
The United Methodist Church is hitting the road in a gift-wrapped tour truck to kick off the True Meaning of Christmas tour on December 2, coming to 21 cities in 16 states over 23 days. We’re partnering with 65 churches providing more than 500 volunteers to host events where people can join in a community service project, engage in a conversation about the true meaning of Christmas...

Scott Gilpin: How to respond in a crisis: Do something!

Monday October 16, 2017
The recent shootings in the United States and the massacre of innocents around the world are shocking. The root causes behind these tragedies appear insurmountable. When confronted with such horrific scenes, our fear and outrage fill voids in our understanding, and our imaginations often don’t fill these voids with good thoughts. Terrorists, for instance, are counting on this very reaction from you and me.

UMC General Commission on Religion and Race: Being the “Blessed” Amidst Violence

Thursday September 21, 2017
We are witnessing escalating violence in word and deed from brother to brother and sister to sister. And we experience fear and pain. We mourn and sorrow. We wonder if there is hope for righteousness and justice. We question, 'Will there be peace among us? When?'

A Letter from Ukraine

Monday March 31, 2014
Read a letter from missionary John Calhoun, who offers an update on the political crisis in the Ukraine. Calhoun serves in Kiev (Kyiv)in ministry with the United Methodist Church in Ukraine.

Faith, health, and peace

Thursday March 27, 2014
Shannon Trilli, Global Health director for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) reflects on the church's role in the promotion of health and peace.

An Invitation to Repentance

Thursday March 13, 2014
Native American and Indigenous Ministries executive issues an invitation to repentance to the church.

UMCOR's Return to Leyte

Tuesday January 28, 2014
Filipino United Methodist pastor and district superintendent writes about his experience accompanying an UMCOR relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan.

Statement on Tragedy at Lampedusa

Monday October 07, 2013
United Methodist Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper comments on the recent accident that caused the deaths of 130 people and calls for justice for and solidarity with migrants.

Be Alert! United Methodist Disaster Response

Friday May 24, 2013
Thomas Kemper, head of UM Global Ministries, shares a "theology of compassion and action" in the wake of disasters such as the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

Mission and the Caring Community

Wednesday April 24, 2013
A Rockville Centre, NY, congregation lives out mission as a caring community.

The World through Children's Eyes

Thursday April 11, 2013
My UMCOR colleague, Amber Kubera, returned recently from travels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and spoke to her son's preschool class about it.

Simple Acts of Self-Giving

Tuesday April 02, 2013
What a difference a onesie makes for newborns and their mothers in struggling Kilembe Mines, Uganda.