Six Special Sundays are observed on dates determined by the General Conference. Offerings support local and global needs.
Human Relations Day
Human Relations Day is celebrated on the Sunday before the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Offerings collected help ministries improve race relations and recognize the right of all God’s children to realize their potential as human beings in relationship with one another.
UMCOR Sunday, formerly “One Great Hour of Sharing,” is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Offerings collected help fund the administrative costs of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which alleviates human suffering around the world by providing disaster relief and supplies, disaster risk reduction, sustainability and humanitarian development.
Native American Ministries Sunday
Native American Ministries Sunday is celebrated on the third Sunday of Easter. Offerings collected help ministries that nurture mission with Native American people and provide scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. Half of the gifts collected stay within each annual conference.
Peace with Justice Sunday
Peace with Justice Sunday is celebrated on the First Sunday after Pentecost. Offerings collected help continue ministries of reconciliation through each annual conference and help United Methodists proclaim the good news to those longing to experience God’s peace and justice.
World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday is celebrated by a number of US-related Protestant denominations around the world. Offerings collected help fund scholarships; half of the gifts received fund World Communion Sunday Scholarships and the remaining half benefits the Ethnic Scholarship Program and Ethnic In-Service Training Program. On this Sunday, we remember and celebrate our diversity as God’s children united by our faith in Jesus.
United Methodist Student Day
United Methodist Student Day is celebrated the last Sunday in November. Offerings collected help fund scholarships and loans for United Methodist students. On this Sunday we are called to support United Methodist students as they prepare for life by adding knowledge to their faith.