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Posts by Sam Hodges

George Howard, deputy general secretary of mission and evangelism at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, presides at a session of the Ministry with the Poor Roundtable in Dallas Nov. 6-7.  UMNS photos by Sam Hodges.

Ministry with Poor Roundtable fosters friendships, ideas

By the end of the Ministry with the Poor Roundtable in Dallas last month, friendships had formed and ideas had been exchanged. A tone that began on a blue note... Read More

Bishop Michael J. Coyner. Photo by Dan Gangler.

Top staff at finance agency opt for buyout

The General Council on Finance and Administration will see the departure of much of its top staff over the next months under a voluntary separation program offered as part of... Read More

Many weigh in as church sees escalating struggle over homosexuality

The United Methodist Church’s long controversy over homosexuality has intensified of late, because of a retired bishop's decision to perform a same-sex wedding; a pastor’s imminent church trial... Read More

Massachusetts church says it’s open for same-sex weddings

The council of Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Mass., has approved a “Marriage Equality Statement” saying that the church’s building is available for same-sex weddings and the congregation... Read More

Update: Finance agency extends benefits for same-sex couples

General agencies of the United Methodist Church will extend employee benefits to same-sex couples under a decision by the board of directors of the denomination’s General Council on Finance... Read More

Kenya mall victims mourned, attack condemned

United Methodist and Methodist leaders in East Africa are condemning the recent deadly terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya and are asking United Methodist churches in the East... Read More

Flooding caused massive damage in Lyons, Colo. A UMNS photo courtesy of Emily Flemming.

Help by bucketsful in Colorado flood relief

As soon as television news coverage made clear just how bad some communities were getting hit by the recent, historic flooding in Colorado, the Rev. Bradley Laurvick began planning how... Read More

This ad from the United Methodist denomination will appear in Sunday print editions of the Denver Post, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Loveland Reporter-Herald, Canon City Daily Record, Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call and Colorado Springs Gazette.

Helping hands and comfort reach out to Coloradoans through actions and messages of hope

The United Methodist Church is using advertising to send a word of hope and healing to Coloradans coping with damage from historic flooding last week. The messages will reach residents... Read More

A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency delivers emergency meals for those affected by flooding in Fort Collins, Colo. Photo by Justin Pierce, FEMA.

Coloradoans shaken in body, strong in faith as they come to terms with epic proportions of floods

Across the Denver area, particularly the Front Range communities by and in the Rocky Mountains, United Methodists are coming to terms with damage sustained in the flooding and needs to... Read More

Labor organizers help lead marchers from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial on Aug.28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Holding hands near the front are Roy Wilkins (left), executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; A. Philip Randolph (center), organizer of the demonstration; and Walter P. Reuther, president of the United Automobile Workers Union and Vice President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The March on Washington, then and now

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington has been observed in various events of recent days, building to a rally Wednesday — Aug. 28, the actual anniversary — in which President Obama... Read More

More than 200,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to support the civil rights movement and heard the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. (View from the Lincoln Memorial toward the Washington Monument.) Wikipedia commons.

United Methodists prepare to remember the Washington March 50 years later

United Methodists will be speaking, teaching, marching and more as they join in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. The historic event is best known... Read More

Willie Tichenor (second from right) at dedication of new home in Juarez, Mexico in 2005. He had joined a mission trip there in between chemotherapy treatments. Photo courtesy of Lisa Tichenor.

They never met in life, but their mission work together helps those in need

The Rev. Don Woolley and the late Willie Tichenor never met. Yet the stories of these two United Methodists have become intertwined, with clear and growing results in Christian mission. Read More