Press Releases

$110,000 awarded in Ethnic Local Church Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Board of Directors of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) awarded $110,000 in Ethnic Local Church grants during their spring meeting here. Grants strengthen congregations through education, advocacy or leadership development for social-justice engagement. Ethnic Local Church Grants strengthen congregations through education,... read more»

March 19, 2013

UMs hold more than 250 Family Unity Prayer Vigils — so far

WASHINGTON, D.C. — United Methodists in 32 states and the District of Columbia have conducted more than 250 prayer vigils this year to bring attention to the brokenness of the U.S. immigration system. The vigils have been gatherings to share stories, acknowledge the system’s brokenness and pray for... read more»

March 07, 2013

UMC social-justice agency applauds House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force findings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) welcomes the findings released today (Feb. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Chaired by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., the task force's findings support Vice President Joe Biden's... read more»

February 07, 2013

Obama leadership on immigration reform welcomed by United Methodist agency, bishop

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society applauds the announcement today by President Obama in Las Vegas, Nev., calling for necessary reforms in order to fix the United States’ broken immigration system. President Obama called for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including undocumented... read more»

January 29, 2013

United Methodist bishops, social-justice agency welcome step forward on immigration reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church welcomes the Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform presented by eight U.S. Senators Monday, January 28. This framework offers necessary steps towards policy solutions, particularly regarding a pathway to full citizenship for all undocumented... read more»

January 28, 2013

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — A joint statement from UMW and GBCS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the 40th anniversary approaches of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States, the United Methodist Women (UMW) and General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) have issued a joint statement on reproductive justice that emphasizes “clearly much more needs to be... read more»

January 18, 2013

March 18 deadline to apply for General Secretary position of General Board of Church & Society

WASHINGTON, D.C. — March 18 is the deadline to apply for the position of General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). The General Secretary serves as the chief executive officer of the agency and is responsible for coordination of the total program of the... read more»

January 17, 2013

Chief Financial Officer opening

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has an opening for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO functions as an executive of the agency and serves under the supervision of the General Secretary, its chief executive. Deadline for applications is Feb. 15. The General Board... read more»

January 14, 2013

A Faithful Alternative to the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bishop Robert Hoshibata, president of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society, and Jim Winkler, general secretary, wrote a letter on Dec. 18 to President Obama and members of Congress urging that their negotiations on the so-called "fiscal cliff" include a vision for a moral... read more»

December 18, 2012

Conferences invited to send 2 young clergy to Capitol Hill leadership development event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) will conduct its Young Clergy Leadership Forum here Feb. 4-6. Since 2004 more than 450 young clergy have participated in these leadership-preparation events held at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. For 2013, an additional two-day event, Feb. ... read more»

November 16, 2012

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