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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September 22, 2020

Churches pick up after Sally

Hurricane brought strong winds, torrential rain to west Florida and south Alabama.

September 22, 2020

Duke Divinity student forgives person who shot him, hopes to become voice for others

DURHAM, N.C. — A Duke University Divinity School student who was hospitalized for almost four weeks after being wounded in a drive-by shooting last month says he is relying on his faith as he continues a long journey to recovery.

September 22, 2020

What is the role of our faith in public life?

Methodist Christians have a long history of connecting faith and social action. At our best, ...

September 19, 2020

Annual Conference focuses on opportunities in the midst of challenges

The Annual Conference is a long-standing tradition in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist...

September 16, 2020

Fires, coronavirus complicate Western disaster relief

The wildfire crisis ravaging California for weeks took a dramatic turn and spread into the Pacific Northwest, feeding off dry conditions and strong winds.

September 15, 2020

Commissioning and Ordination Services Take On Special Meaning

Leadership in the time of COVID-19 takes on a special challenge that Florida United Methodists rose to accept.

September 01, 2020

Job search opens for new Florida Conference Treasurer

The nationwide search for the next Conference Treasurer closes October 2.

August 31, 2020

A Statement Regarding the Shooting of Another Black Man by the Police

The shooting of Jacob Blake In Kenosha, Wisconsin by a police officer requires a public ...

August 28, 2020

Showing love and support in the face of COVID-19

A repast -- from the Latin word meaning "to eat" -- is often part of any home-going service. It gives the family and mourners a bit of needed closure and fellowship. But how could that happen in the COVID-19 world? When it came time to say goodbye to beloved member Jessie Loretta McSwain Denson, Trinity UMC in Lake City showed it can be done.

August 24, 2020

New director takes helm of Conference young adult mission ministry

There are many things Heidi Aspinwall will miss about her job.  One is helping young adults see ...

August 20, 2020

Creation Care rises in the time of COVID-19

The FLUMC Creation Care Task Team will hold a statewide Creation Care Zoom gathering on August 25.

August 17, 2020

We have come a long way, but we are not there yet

August 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional ...

August 14, 2020

In reopening UMC preschools, one size doesn't fit all

Churches in the Florida Conference that operate daycares and preschools have grappled with how to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, or whether to reopen at all.

August 13, 2020

United Methodists to Host New “Dismantling Racism” Town Hall Discussions

NASHVILLE -- Two new interactive town hall discussions are planned as part of the “Dismantling ...

August 07, 2020

Worship and Ideas: Encouragement for Back To School

  Dear Florida Conference Sisters and Brothers:  In this time leading up to a new school ...

July 30, 2020

For the elderly, protection comes at a cost

Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19, so they need special protection. But that often means isolation, loneliness, and missing their church and family.

July 27, 2020

Pandemic challenges music ministers and choirs

Churches throughout the United Methodist denomination show how to keep a music ministry alive despite COVID-19.

July 27, 2020

We've Come This Far By Faith

The fight for racial justice, equality, and equity continues decades later, against the backdrop of de facto segregation that still exists today.

July 22, 2020

2020 Annual Conference will be virtual-only event

  Bishop Carter, the Cabinet, and the Annual Conference Planning Team announce that the ...

July 20, 2020

NFL team name change victory for Native people

The decision to change the name and logo of the Washington NFL team is a “huge victory” for Indian ...

July 13, 2020

Delegates: Use GC2020 delay for new vision

The disruption of COVID-19 has led General Conference organizers to reschedule the event from May ...

July 10, 2020

COVID-19 forces churches to grapple about how to continue worship

Some Florida Conference churches have returned to in-person worship, but others either started and quickly shut down or never re-opened at all. It's up to each church to consider the best way to navigate through this time of COVID-19.

July 07, 2020

Church parking lots fill for COVID-19 testing

More United Methodist congregations are offering space for screenings, hoping to reach groups at special risk.

July 07, 2020

How a scriptural imagination can help Christians face fear

It is natural to be afraid at a time like this. But the spiritual practice of reading Scripture within a deep tradition can be grounding for us, and can help us be resilient in the face of fear, writes Bishop Ken Carter.

July 07, 2020

The Work of Disaster Recovery Photo Essay

A look at FloridaRestores in action.

July 01, 2020

Q&A: What delay means for General Conference

The issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United Methodist Church to navigate uncharted waters to prepare for General Conference in 2021.

June 26, 2020

Conference Launches Yearlong Initiative to Feed the Hungry

The new Fill the Table initiative seeks to provide 3 million meals in a year.

June 26, 2020

Updated Guidance as COVID-19 Cases Rise in Florida

Dear Florida Conference Churches and Clergy: Last Thursday we wrote to encourage and inform you as ...

June 25, 2020

Now is the time to get ready for hurricane season

Here are tips to help use before, during, and after the storm. Preparation is the key. Don't wait until it's too late!

June 24, 2020

'Service of Lament' challenges church on racism

United Methodist bishops, agencies collaborate on unflinching video as latest step in anti-racism initiative.

June 16, 2020

Conference will control historic cemetery after church closing

The closing of any church in the Florida Conference can be difficult, but members of Asbury United ...

June 15, 2020

FLUMC churches move ahead with re-opening plans

Churches now have the option to reopen for in-person worship. There is a variety of ideas about how to proceed.

June 12, 2020

Warren Willis camp to remain closed for the summer

The Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park will remain closed for the summer due to the COVID-19 ...

June 10, 2020

Especially now, preparation is vital in hurricane season

Floridians know all about the power of hurricanes. But with COVID-19 added to the mix, don't put off preparing your hurricane plan.

June 10, 2020

What We’ve Done (and Left Undone)

Many in America believed they had progressed from the racial turmoil of the 1960s. Then George Floyd was murdered.

June 08, 2020

Cabinet Statement in Response to Racial Injustice

From the Cabinet of the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

June 05, 2020

A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern Jurisdiction June 5, 2020

Brothers and Sisters:  As president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops my heart ...

June 04, 2020

Christ Church joins protestors with prayer vigil

Cynthia Metzger Phipps The scenes of protest in South Florida were unavoidable. People of ...

June 04, 2020

Coming together to seek social justice

Building on inter-racial relationships, United Methodist Congregations in two different communities, help to organize vigils and opportunities to work for reconciliation.

June 03, 2020

The Color of Coronavirus

How COVID-19 is impacting communities of color and the Church’s responsibility to respond

June 01, 2020

The Threat of Blackness

Four FLUMC pastors reflect on the recent deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and call for fellow Methodists to take a stand for justice.

May 28, 2020

In-person worship optional after June 15

The Florida Conference Re-Launch Task Force along with Bishop Carter and the Cabinet met this week ...

May 28, 2020

P.I.N.K. Girls learn to make a difference through Peace with Justice

P.I.N.K. Girls is a recipient of a 2019 Florida United Methodist Conference Peace with Justice grant...

May 27, 2020

"They were all together in one place"

As Pentecost Sunday approaches, we may be separated from our church family and others, but God reminds us that His gift of the Holy Spirit will never leave us.

May 27, 2020

Annual Conference set for Sept. 19 at First Lakeland UMC

The 2020 Annual Conference meeting of the Florida United Methodist Church will be held on Sept. 19 ...

May 27, 2020

Bishop Ken Carter's assignment to Florida is extended

In light of the postponement of the General and Jurisdictional Conferences due to the Coronavirus ...

May 26, 2020

Florida Conference churches respond to their neighborhood food shortages

United Methodist churches New Horizon and Community of Hope are among many Florida Conference churches doing what they can to provide aid during the COVID-19 crisis.

May 21, 2020

Summer in the Scriptures

Bishop Ken Carter invites you to join him for a Summer in the Scriptures as we journey through the Gospels!

May 18, 2020

Orlando's St. Luke's UMC shows the art of reaching out and filling a need

The Central Florida arts community has been devastated by the economic chaos wrought by COVID-19. But St. Luke's UMC of Orlando saw a need and mobilized to address it. In turn, an "invisible" group knew it was loved.

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