Press Releases

Social-justice agency expresses concern over Sandra Bland’s death

The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church grieves the death while in police custody of Sandra Bland of Waller County, Texas, a recent employee of Prairie View A&M University. Ms. Bland’s family and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she... read more»

July 21, 2015

Social-justice agency delegation to travel through Appalachia July 16-21

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A delegation from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) will travel through Appalachia July 16-21 to develop relationships in support of the denomination’s emphasis on “Ministry with the Poor.” GBCS’s chief executive, the Rev. Dr. Susan... read more»

July 10, 2015

Burning sacred havens: We must be vigilant against unspeakable acts of hatred

The events of the past weeks have highlighted the worst and the best of the American spirit. The worst: unbearable, unspeakable acts of hatred. The best: acts of openness, forgiveness, bravery, moral courage and acceptance. The burning of many black churches in recent weeks reminds us of our need to... read more»

July 02, 2015

‘Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation’

The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, chief executive of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), issued a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-gender marriage last week. In her statement, Henry-Crowe said the decision "upholds both freedom of religious liberty and... read more»

June 29, 2015

Faith-based Health Care Working Group applauds Supreme Court decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Washington Interreligious Staff Council Health Care Working Group, which includes the United Methodist Church General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), released a joint statement celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision yesterday that ensures millions of people will no longer have to... read more»

June 26, 2015

Mississippi, South Carolina youths to embark on 10-day fact-finding trip to South Korea

Fourteen college students from the United Methodist Mississippi and South Carolina conferences will travel to South Korea next month as part of a delegation seeking “Parallels of Peace, Pathways to Justice.” They will be accompanied on the 10-day pilgrimage by five adult leaders, including two General Board of... read more»

June 19, 2015

Agency deplores shootings, unrelenting racism of killings in Charleston, S.C.

The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church joins with people of faith everywhere in praying for the victims of the brutal, senseless shootings Wednesday night of nine members of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The victims, including the pastor,... read more»

June 18, 2015

USAgainstAlzheimer’s, General Board of Church & Society launch Faith United Against Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USAgainstAlzheimer's and the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church today announced the launch of the Faith United Against Alzheimer’s Coalition (FUAAC), a cooperative effort... read more»

June 16, 2015

2015 Ethnic/Minority Young Adult Summer Interns work in nation’s capital

The General Board of Church & Society’s 2015 Ethnic Young Adult Summer Interns are shown outside the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. The interns are working in social-justice organizations in the U.S. capital for two months. From left standing are the Rev. Neal Christie, program director; Minoka... read more»

June 10, 2015

‘Hate Hurts, Peace Heals’ resources to help children read, write prayers

Lesson plan, book study guides, prayer template available To download an invitation suitable for inclusion in worship bulletins to share among your friends, congregation, and other networks, go to “Hate Hurts, Peace Heals.” WASHINGTON, D.C. ... read more»

May 14, 2015

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