UMCOR continues to be vital ministry around the globe


As the church continues to grapple with the fallout of General Conference 2019, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is still on the ground, responding to disaster and calls for help across the globe.

While the merits of the Traditional Plan are up for consideration by the Judicial Council, UMCOR has sent money and resources to respond to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique last week and continued flooding in Nebraska.

This Sunday, churches can continue supporting life-saving ministries around the globe through their UMCOR Sunday special offering. This once-a-year special offering covers administrative costs of this global humanitarian organization so that every dollar given every other day is pushed directly into service.

Last fall, the Alaska Conference saw resources dispatched to respond to an earthquake and when wildfires ravaged parts of the California-Nevada Conference and California-Pacific Conference in 2017 and 2018, UMCOR distributed more than $1.5 in resources thanks to 100 percent of contributions being made going directly into support.

UMCOR operates under the auspices of the General Board of Global Ministries.

Under its original name, The Methodist Committee on Overseas Relief (MCOR) was founded in 1940 by the Bishop Herbert Welch, in response to displaced and vulnerable populations in the wake of World War II. In his address at the General Conference that year, Bishop Welch stated that MCOR would serve as a “voice of conscience among Methodists to act in the relief of human suffering without distinction of race, color, or creed.” This mandate remains true to this day. The organization’s name was legally changed to The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) at the 1972 General Conference.