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The sanctuary of Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., shortly after the fire on April 15, 2013, (left) and back in use on Sept. 11, 2016. The cross survived. Photos courtesy of the Rev. Lisa Caine and Heather Hahn

How a church fire sparked congregational growth

A Georgia church’s experience offers lessons for faith communities overcoming disaster. Read More

2016 East Africa Conference

Aug. 24-27, Nangina Catholic Pastoral Centre, Samia sub-county, in Busia, Kenya Read More

The Rev. Karl Stegall, creator of the Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation, speaks at the 2016 Dinner of Celebration held in Montgomery, Ala. More than 475 scholars, alumni, donors and sponsors attended. Photo courtesy of the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation

Pastor’s program offers seminarians financial lifeline

The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Endowment Foundation currently helps students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference afford seminary. Read More

A member of the clergy holds up the elements of Holy Communion. In 2005, the average age of retiring United Methodist elders was 64, but by last year that had climbed to 66, the Lewis Center found in analyzing data provided by Wespath Benefits and Investments, formerly the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Study: Clergy retiring later

Average retirement age for United Methodist elders reaches 66. Read More

United Methodist church families rescuing, rebuilding after floods

The flood affected 9 out of 10 households in some communities. Church families are stepping in to pick up, muck out and help people live into their new realities. Read More

The Rev. Mark Crosby (left) meets with members of the disaster relief group at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson, La. The group has been meeting daily during the flooding crisis in southern Louisiana.

Church becomes safe place from floodwaters

Live Oak United Methodist Church became refuge for more than 400 people fleeing for their lives after historic flood. Read More

Esau Jenkins, center, stands in front of one of the VW vans he and his wife, Janie, bought to ferry African-American residents of Johns Island to work or school in Charleston, S.C. During the trip, they would teach their passengers the part of the Constitution they needed to know in order to register to vote. Photo courtesy of Elaine Jenkins.

A bus ride out of segregation

Panels from the 1968 Volkswagen bus used by a Methodist civil rights activist are part of exhibit at the new Smithsonian museum. Read More

Classroom blocks at Nyamacheni Mission secondary school in Gokwe, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy Eveline Chikwanah

United Methodists rain blessings on drought-ravaged community

The United Methodist Church continues to make a difference in struggling Gokwe, Zimbabwe, providing the area with safe water and expanding Nyamacheni Mission secondary school. Read More

The Revs. Will Green (left) and John Blackadar offer a resolution that the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church

Bishops overrule nonconformity resolutions

The rulings come after a summer that saw multiple conferences say they would defy the denomination's prohibitions related to homosexuality. Read More

Prayer room spot reveals God’s presence through the flood

When the Rev. Clifton Conrad and his wife, Kathleen, returned home after days of flooding they found an assurance of God’s grace in their prayer room. Read More