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United Methodists Connected – In Hope and Healing 

In this unexpected and menacing moment in history, nothing is more pressing in the work of the Church than care for our planet and all God’s people.  

We are counseled to reduce physical proximity as we strive to flatten the COVID-19 curve to avoid overwhelming our health-care systems and protect the health of our families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors near and far. 

This is precisely the time when the vibrant witness of our Christ-centered and mission-focused connectional church is  most urgently needed and vitally important. 

The United Methodist Church is a critical connecting presence given the worldwide emphasis on intentional social distancing. The current emergency makes it even more apparent that “The local church provides the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.” BOD ¶201. It is at “such a time as this” that we are emboldened by our historical witness and practical theology to be a connectional people: 

Connecting—as a trustworthy and authentic witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.  

Connecting—our members and communities in prayer, worship, and a spiritual awakening. 

Connecting—as a non-anxious global presence offering practical leadership, conveying crucial information, and building coalitions of the willing for bold social action. 

Connecting—by holding up for attention those who are most vulnerable and  marginalized and in need of Christian advocates and friends. 

Connecting—as we host and participate in networks for exchanging information, joint planning, and curating learnings and resources.  

We are a connectional global mission from everywhere to everywhere actively addressing the urgent health and spiritual needs of all—and caring for the healing of the world as the connecting people of The United Methodist Church.  

The thirteen general agencies and the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church are eager to serve you, the people of The United Methodist Church and to make a difference for the most vulnerable in our communities around the world. Below you will find links to access online pages with resources in our areas of focus that will assist you as you continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  


General Board of Church and Society 

Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary 



General Board of Global Ministries 

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary 



General Board of Higher Education and Ministry 

Greg Bergquist, General Secretary 



Discipleship Ministries 

Junius Dotson, General Secretary 



Wespath Benefits and Investments 

Barbara Boigegrain, General Secretary 



General Commission on Archives and History 

Alfred T. Day, III, General Secretary 





General Council on Finance and Administration 

Moses Kumar, General Secretary 



General Commission on Religion and Race 

Erin Hawkins, General Secretary 



General Commission on the Status and Role of Women 

Dawn Wiggins Hare, General Secretary 

https://www.gcsrw.org/  and http://umsexualethics.org/ 


General Commission on United Methodist Men 

Gil Hanke, General Secretary 



United Methodist Communications 

Dan Krause, General Secretary 

Resources for leaders: https://www.resourceumc.org/coronavirus 

Resources for members: https://www.umc.org/coronavirus 


United Methodist Publishing House 

Brian Milford, President & Publisher 





United Methodist Women 

Harriet Olson, General Secretary 



Connectional Table 

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, Chief Connectional Ministries Officer 


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