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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July 23, 2021

Seven Ways to Pray for Cuba in This Present Moment

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

July 20, 2021

A Message From Bishop Carter About COVID-19

  Dear Florida Conference Clergy and Laity: We continue to pray for you as you navigate this ...

July 19, 2021

Rini Hernandez hears Cuban people chant "We're not afraid anymore"

Rev. Dr. Rinaldo "Rini" Hernandez initially couldn't believe the reports out of Cuba. People were ...

July 15, 2021

Methodists United in Prayer: A Call to Action for the People of Cuba

Methodists United in Prayer condemns all violence against the people of Cuba.

July 13, 2021

The Carpenter's Shop brings toys and joy to thousands of children

A recent Community Assessment of Older Adults in Pinellas County reported that 37% of them report ...

July 12, 2021

FLUMC summer interns learn the pastoral experience

Meet some of the 2021 pastoral interns in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. ...

July 08, 2021

A statement on the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

The Florida Haiti Covenant stands together with those in Haiti. We will continue to seek out ways to work together to make our world a safer place.

July 04, 2021

Freedom is the Right Thing (Seed), at the Right Time

July 4, 2021 sermon by Rev. Dr. Sharon G. Austin at Lake Junaluska

June 29, 2021

United Methodists lead with their hearts in Miami disaster relief effort

So much was lost in the catastrophe at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside. Friends, family ...

June 28, 2021

Surfside Condo Collapse Disaster Relief Effort

Hundreds of people have been displaced from their homes and rescue teams continue to lead search and recovery efforts. In addition to prayer, you can provide support for the victims.

June 19, 2021

FLUMC takes a major stand for creation care

One of the major developments at the recently completed Annual Conference was that delegates ...

June 12, 2021

Annual Conference closes with appointments, prayer, and a challenge

The second and final day of the 2021 Florida United Methodist Annual Conference began with a ...

June 12, 2021

Bishop Carter announces fixing of appointments

LAKELAND – Bishop Ken Carter and the appointive cabinet of the Florida Conference announced new appointments today, and they will become effective July 1.

June 12, 2021

Bishop Carter Announces the Projection of Two New District Superintendents

Dr. David Allen and Rev. Emily Hotho will begin appointments as district superintendents in the Florida Conference starting January 1, 2022.

June 11, 2021

Craig Smelser elected Florida Conference Treasurer

The Council on Finance and Administration unanimously recommended Craig Smelser as the Interim ...

June 11, 2021

Opening day of Annual Conference brings challenges, hope, and news

The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church convened its second consecutive virtual Annual...

June 04, 2021

FLUMC to establish Rev. Geraldine Williams-McClellan Scholarship at Gammon Seminary

Shortly after Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis was named the President-Dean at Gammon Theological Seminary in ...

May 27, 2021

FDLE makes arrests in scheme to steal money from churches

More than 600 churches throughout the country, including 355 in Florida, were victimized by what law officials called "a low-tech but well-organized effort to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars." Some United Methodist churches in Florida were targets.

May 26, 2021

"I feel like God is going to build something new"

The pandemic forced dramatic changes throughout the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. The result, though, may be stronger and more creative churches as they apply the lessons learned.

May 24, 2021

Peace & Unity Laity Letter

A letter to the laity from the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders

May 23, 2021

The Holy Spirit for a Dispirited People: “Kindle in Us the Fire of Your Love"

A sermon preached by Bishop Ken Carter on the Day of Pentecost, June 23, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Florida

May 17, 2021

Time is running out to register for pre-Annual Conference workshops

The deadline to register is May 24 for these informative free workshops.

May 14, 2021

A COVID-19 update following CDC announcement

Updated COVID-19 Guidance Dear Clergy and Laity of the Florida Conference: We continue ...

May 14, 2021

Bishop Carter to Serve Western NC & Florida Conferences Starting Sept. 1

On May 14, the Council of Bishops approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), due to the retirement of four bishops.

May 13, 2021

Meeting the musical challenge of a virtual Annual Conference

When leaders decided to hold a virtual Annual Conference for the second consecutive year, Jeremy ...

May 10, 2021

Grants go to fight COVID-19 in India

A man runs past the burning funeral pyres of people who died from COVID-19, during a mass cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India. The escalating crisis in India will be addressed by The United Methodist Church through grants to entities there who have been partners in the past. Photo by Adnan Abidi, Reuters.

May 06, 2021

Anti-Racism Storytelling Project

Storytelling is the cornerstone for many cultures and religions, including Christianity and our ...

May 05, 2021

Bishop Carter, Cabinet give COVID-19 update

  Conference COVID Update Dear Florida Conference clergy and laity: Blessings to you in...

April 29, 2021

Centenary Camp closes, but the memories of 60 years will live on

A few miles outside the Gadsden County town of Quincy, about 40 miles west of Tallahassee, lies a ...

April 25, 2021

Bishop Carter announces full-time appointment changes

Appointment changes to take effect July 1, 2021.

April 21, 2021

The rich history of Trinity UMC in Tallahassee given state recognition

Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee calls itself the church with a heart. While that no ...

April 19, 2021

Creative Ways to Celebrate Earth Week

Connect with God and nature through these creative Earth Week ideas.

April 15, 2021

After last year's shutdown, Warren Willis Camp is back in business

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, the ministry at the Warren Willis Camp and Conference ...

April 01, 2021


Maundy Thursday is about an impending incident, the death of Jesus, and all of the events that lead to it. It is a significant act, this night, this meal, and we enter into by thinking about how it is interpreted, how it is "framed". It is an act of betrayal, but it is also an act of love.

March 31, 2021

Going virtual doesn't change the importance of Advocacy Day

For many people, political discussions focus solely on the President, United States Senate, and the ...

March 31, 2021

Women in Ministry: Past, Present and Hope for the Future

Seven leaders in the Florida Conference reflect on the role of women in ministry.

March 25, 2021

Bishops cancel General Conference scheduled for May 8

For now, planning for when delegates can meet to deliberate on the denomination’s future remains a work in progress.

March 25, 2021

The past year taught churches a lot about how to adapt to Holy Week

Things aren't completely back to normal after last Easter, but United Methodist churches across Florida know better now about how to hold worship in the middle of a pandemic.

March 23, 2021

Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis answers the need: Here I am, Lord. Send me.

After many years of service to the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis is moving to Atlanta as President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary.

March 17, 2021

A Prayer for Atlanta and our Asian-American Neighbors

O God, our strength and our redeemer, we stand with our Asian-American sisters and brothers today. ...

March 17, 2021

Clergy care a priority in pandemic year

After COVID-19 took hold, the Florida Conference formed a clergy care team, recognizing that doing ministry during a pandemic would be a nerve-wracking challenge.

March 11, 2021

Faithful giving allows vital Conference work to continue

Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, giving by United Methodist churches throughout Florida remained strong.

March 02, 2021

Florida Delegation Statement Regarding GC 2021

The delegation looks forward to reaching resolution to our denomination’s current impasse at the next General Conference in 2022.

March 01, 2021

Planned new denomination gets name

A group of traditionalists committed to leaving The United Methodist Church has chosen "Global Methodist Church" as the name for the denomination they are planning to form.

February 25, 2021

Postponement of General Conference and Call for a Special Session in May

To the People of The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church: Blessings to you friends, ...

February 23, 2021

Bishop Carter Announces Changes to District Leadership

Rev. Dr. Candace becomes the first woman president-dean of Gammon Theological Seminary; tenure begins April 1.

February 22, 2021

Staying focused and thinking of others in the face of a terrifying diagnosis

Doctors said she has a deadly form of brain cancer. Cox said her top priority is finishing a badly needed medical clinic in Gaitu, Kenya. Don't bet against her.

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