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The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell greets volunteer Mary Jackson at the doorway of the food and clothing distribution center at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Houston churches go flat out with flood relief

Bishop expresses pride but also tells volunteers to pace themselves and ʽfind time for Sabbath.’ Read More

Matthew Marchetti, a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, looks at three computer screens as he works to locate people who need rescuing during Hurricane Harvey. Marchetti, along with fellow Chapelwood member Oliver Carter, came up with a design for a web app, HoustonHarveyRescue.com, to help connect those in need with volunteer rescuers. Photo courtesy of Matthew Marchetti.

Enlisting tech, boats for Houston rescue efforts

Members of Chapelwood United Methodist Church created an app to help dispatch boats, including the “Chapelwood Navy,” to those stranded by Harvey flooding. Read More

Youth from First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, pose for a group photo during clean-ups conducted in both Corpus Christi and Portland after Hurricane Harvey. They also have plans to work in a local food bank and travel to harder-hit areas over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Lauren Gray.

Floods force pastor, flock to higher ground

Drama unfolds at small-town United Methodist church as southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana grapple with effects of Harvey Read More

Archive photo of students at Sager Brown, a school and orphanage for African- American children.

UMTV: Historic Black Haven

Former Methodist school became a hub for UMCOR volunteers, continuing a rich history of serving needs and shaping lives. View

Jane Marshall, hymn composer, plays piano. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

‘My Eternal King’ launched top Methodist composer

Jane Marshall's first anthem remains a choral favorite on the 60th anniversary of its sheet music publication. Read More

Young musicians play “Amazing Grace” at Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Hispanic Church Mentors Through Music

Free guitar lessons and a chance to join the praise team attract new families to Dallas congregation. View

2013 Southwest Texas Annual Conference

August 12, 2013

Officiating bishop: Bishop Jim Dorff Read More

2013 New Mexico Annual Conference

July 30, 2013

The New Mexico Annual Conference took place May 29 June 1 in Clovis, N.M. Read More

2013 Central Texas Annual Conference

July 22, 2013

If at first blush you find the themes of Read More

2013 Rio Grande Annual Conference

July 3, 2013

In the 160th year of its origins of ministry, the Rio Grande Annual Conference met at University United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, June 13-15. Read More

2013 Missouri Annual Conference

June 24, 2013

Missouri Bishop Robert Schnase began his Monday morning learning time at Annual Conference session by characterizing this era as a time of astounding flux, fluidity and recalibration. Read More

2013 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

June 24, 2013

The theme for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference's 171st Annual Conference was Read More

2013 North Texas Annual Conference

June 24, 2013

The 2013 annual conference of the North Texas Conference was interactive and productive. The meeting's move from a local civic center to a local church was well received by the 1,500 voters. Read More

2013 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 18, 2013

The Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock served as the site of the 11th session of the Arkansas Annual Conference, held June 9-12, 2013. Read More

2013 Oklahoma Annual Conference

June 18, 2013

Delegates prepared to give themselves in mission during the 2013 Oklahoma Annual Conference. Amid seeking to bless others, they received an extravagance of blessings. Read More

2013 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 17, 2013

The Kansas East Annual Conference met May 30 June 1 for its final regular session at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. Read More

2013 Kansas West Annual Conference

June 17, 2013

The Kansas West Annual Conference met May 22-24 for its final regular session under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was Read More

2013 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 7, 2013

Addressing more than 1,000 attendees, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey delivered her first Episcopal Address on Monday morning, focusing on newly adopted core values for the Louisiana Annual Conference. Read More

2013 Northwest Texas Annual Conference

June 7, 2013

Bishop Paul L. Leeland, presiding over his fifth annual conference session since becoming the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference resident bishop, welcomed clergy and lay members to Christ United Methodist Church, Mobile. Read More

2012 Texas Annual Conference

July 11, 2012

The Texas Annual Conference met June 4-7 at the Convention Center in Galveston, Texas, under the leadership of Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. The theme was Read More

2012 Northwest Texas Annual Conference

July 9, 2012

The Northwest Texas Annual Conference took time in its 103rd session to honor and celebrate the service of Bishop Max Whitfield and wife, Valerie. Read More

2012 New Mexico Annual Conference

July 3, 2012

The New Mexico Annual Conference took time in its 137th session to honor and celebrate the service of Bishop Max Whitfield and wife, Valerie. Read More

2012 Central Texas Annual Conference

June 29, 2012

There was something special in the air in Waco, Texas, on the evening of Sunday June 3, and it wasn't the syrupy sweetness from the local Dr Pepper bottling plant. Read More

2012 Southwest Texas Annual Conference

June 27, 2012

About 1,350 lay and clergy delegates met June 7-10 inside the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi for the Southwest Texas Conference's 2012 annual conference session. Read More

2012 Rio Grande Annual Conference

June 26, 2012

Now in the 159th year of its origins of ministry, the Rio Grande Annual Conference met at University United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, June 14-16. Under the theme of Read More

2012 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 18, 2012

The 10th session of the Arkansas Annual Conference gathered in Fort Smith, Ark., from June 10-13, 2012. Bishop Charles Crutchfield presided over his final annual conference session before his retirement. Read More

2012 Missouri Annual Conference

June 18, 2012

The Missouri Annual Conference session met in Springfield June 8-11. Read More

2012 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

June 14, 2012

The smell of cedar for the blessing of a brand new tabernacle, its dedication and the smudging of those in attendance beginning with the bishop of the Oklahoma Area, Bishop Robert Hayes Jr., set the tone for the 170th Session of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference annual conference. Read More

2012 Nebraska Annual Conference

June 13, 2012

"Revive Worship in the Reign of God" was the thematic underpinning for the Nebraska United Methodist Annual Conference Session. Read More

2012 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 13, 2012

Kansas East Annual Conference met June 6-9 at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. Read More

2012 Kansas West Annual Conference

June 13, 2012

Kansas West Annual Conference met May 23-25 in Hutchinson, Kan., under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was Read More

2012 Oklahoma Annual Conference

June 11, 2012

Jesus set the example for servanthood. Under the theme Read More

2012 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 8, 2012

United Methodists from around the state gathered for the 2012 annual conference. Read More

2011 Arkansas Annual Conference Special Session (10/29)

November 8, 2011

The Oct. 29 Called Session of the Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference resulted in an approved budget for 2012. Read More

2011 Nebraska Annual Conference

July 14, 2011

Joined in Community by the Spirit was the thematic underpinning for the Nebraska United Methodist Annual Conference Session. Lincoln St. Mark’s UMC provided extraordinary hospitality and offered one of the best venues for the annual conference session in many years.
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2011 Rio Grande Annual Conference

July 1, 2011

Under the theme of Read More

2011 Missouri Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

The Missouri Annual Conference session met in Springfield June 3-6, just 70 miles from Joplin, where less than two weeks before an F5 tornado ripped through the town, killing 156 people. Read More

2011 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

June 27, 2011

"A New Day: A New Calling" was the theme of the 169th session of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference held June 9-12 at Antlers, Okla. Read More

2011 Southwest Texas Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

More than 1,300 lay and clergy delegates gathered in Corpus Christi June 8-11 for the 42nd session of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, a session that made history in welcoming the first deaf lay delegate to ever participate in worship services and business sessions. Read More

2011 Texas Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

The 2011 gathering of the Texas Annual Conference shined the spotlight on the challenges facing the conference and denomination, while simultaneously testifying to God's ability to sustain and strengthen the church. Read More

2011 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

More than 1,000 United Methodists from around the state gathered for the 2011 annual conference. Read More

2011 Oklahoma Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

The 2011 Oklahoma annual conference made history with its election of delegates to the 2012 general/jurisdictional conferences. Read More

2011 North Texas Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

The opening worship was held at First United Methodist Church, Dallas, and Bishop John Innis of Liberia preached an inspiring word. This service was made even more uplifting by numerous local church donations to Imagine No More Malaria. Read More

2011 Kansas West Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

Led by Bishop Scott J. Jones, delegates focused on the theme Read More

2011 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

Under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones, the conference theme was Read More

2011 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

During its ninth session, the Arkansas Annual Conference ordained new clergy, elected General and jurisdictional conference delegates, and adopted proposals from the Imagine Ministry team. Read More

2011 Central Texas Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

From the first moments of the opening worship service at First United Methodist Church, Waco, Texas, to the final Read More

2010 Northwest Texas Annual Conference

November 23, 2010

Sharing HIStory, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. That was the theme of the 2010 Northwest Texas Centennial Annual Conference. There was a lot to celebrate in three short days. Read More

2010 Southwest Texas Annual Conference

August 17, 2010

More than 1,300 Southwest Texas Conference lay and clergy delegates gathered inside the American Bank Center for the annual conference session and helped celebrate 150 years of ministry in the Southwest Texas area. Read More

2010 North Texas Annual Conference

August 13, 2010

The North Texas Conference met June 6-8 in Wichita Falls, Texas. The conference was developed around the principle of Read More

2010 Kansas East Annual Conference

July 7, 2010

The Kansas East Annual Conference met at United Methodist related Baker University and under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. Read More

2010 Rio Grande Annual Conference

June 24, 2010

Under the theme of Read More

2010 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 15, 2010

The Arkansas Annual Conference, under the leadership of Bishop Charles N. Crutchfield, met June 6-9, 2010 in Hot Springs, Ark. The theme, Read More

2010 Central Texas Annual Conference

June 15, 2010

Excitement and expectations were heightened at the 144th Central Texas Annual Conference in Fort Worth from the opening worship June 6 to the sending forth on June 9. Read More

2010 Oklahoma Annual Conference

June 14, 2010

Using Internet live streaming for the first time, the Oklahoma Annual Conference welcomed more than 4,600 virtual guests on May 30-June 2 at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Read More

2010 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 11, 2010

The Louisiana Annual Conference, led by Bishop William W. Hutchinson, celebrated the theme Read More

2010 Missouri Annual Conference

June 10, 2010

"Growing Deeper" was the theme of the June 4-7 Missouri Annual Conference Session. Read More

2010 Kansas West Annual Conference

June 3, 2010

The Kansas West Annual Conference met under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme, Read More

2009 Southwest Texas Annual Conference

July 9, 2009

More than 1,300 Southwest Texas Conference lay and clergy delegates gathered inside the American Bank Center for the annual conference session and helped celebrate 150 years of ministry in the Southwest Texas area. Read More

2009 New Mexico Annual Conference

July 9, 2009

"We must arise and shine and rethink church...We are called to make complex and difficult decisions to be faithful, dynamic disciples of Jesus Christ who are committed to being relevant, passionate and life changing churches." Read More

2009 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

July 7, 2009

The conference's theme was Read More

2009 Northwest Texas Annual Conference

July 1, 2009

Members attending the Northwest Texas Annual Conference were encouraged to Rethink Church and the conference session included leadership training and worship in addition to business sessions and voting on the 32 proposed constitutional amendments of the General Church. Read More

2009 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 23, 2009

The 32 proposed amendments from last year's General Conference were major topics of discussion during the Arkansas Annual Conference. The theme of this year's conference was Read More

2009 Kansas West Annual Conference

June 23, 2009

Kansas West Annual Conference met under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was Read More

2009 Rio Grande Annual Conference

June 23, 2009

Now in its 156th year of ministry, the Rio Grande Annual Conference met at University United Methodist Church San Antonio. Read More

2009 Nebraska Annual Conference

June 19, 2009

With pointed and memorable stories, Missouri Bishop and keynote speaker Robert Schnase quipped: Read More

2009 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 16, 2009

The Kansas East Annual Conference met at United Methodist related Baker University and under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. Read More

2009 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 15, 2009

More than 1,200 United Methodists focused on Read More

2009 Central Texas Annual Conference

June 15, 2009

As new Episcopal leader, Bishop Michael Lowry led his first annual conference at White's Chapel United Methodist Church, Southlake. This was the first time in over 40 years for the conference to convene in a church setting. Read More

2009 North Texas Annual Conference

June 15, 2009

The North Texas Annual Conference met with business sessions at Plano Centre, opening worship at First United Methodist Church, Richardson, and the service of ordination and commissioning at Custer Road United Methodist Church, Plano. Read More

2009 Missouri Annual Conference

June 11, 2009

"Somewhere Out There&ellipsis; the outwardly focused congregation" was the theme that guided the Missouri Annual Conference Session. Read More

2009 Oklahoma Annual Conference

June 5, 2009

Young people streamed to center stage during the May 26 business session of the 2009 Oklahoma Annual Conference. Their T-shirts declared Read More

2008 Missouri Annual Conference

June 24, 2008

Bishop Robert Schnase's opening report to the Missouri Conference offered optimism, hope and gratitude, recognizing achievements made in reaching out to young people. Read More

2008 North Texas Annual Conference

June 20, 2008

The 142nd North Texas Annual Conference met with Bishop Alfred L. Norris presiding. The theme for the conference was Read More

2008 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 17, 2008

"Holy Healthy" living habits were emphasized throughout the 2008 Arkansas Annual Conference session. The conference's first-ever 5K Fun Run/Walk drew more than 200 participants for a 6:30 a.m. trek through the hills of Hot Springs. Read More

2008 Oklahoma Annual Conference

June 17, 2008

Oklahoma United Methodist leaders had planned seating for 720 people, but the crowd swelled beyond that May 27 at an unusual evening business session during the 2008 annual conference. Read More

2008 Northwest Texas Annual Conference

June 17, 2008

The 2008 Joint Annual Conference of the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences opened June 3 with a unified entry into opening worship. Read More

2008 New Mexico Annual Conference

June 17, 2008

The 2008 Joint Annual Conference of the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences opened June 3 with a unified entry into opening worship. Read More

2008 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 16, 2008

Kansas East Annual Conference met at United Methodist-related Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was Read More

2008 Kansas West Annual Conference

June 16, 2008

The Kansas West Annual Conference met under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones and the theme Read More

2008 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 11, 2008

More than 1,000 United Methodists from around the state gathered at Centenary College in Shreveport for the 2008 Louisiana Annual Conference. Read More

2007 Rio Grande Annual Conference

July 17, 2007

The Rio Grande Conference met under the leadership of Bishop Joel N. Martinez on the campus of McMurry University with about 240 delegates representing 94 churches, boards and agencies. The theme was Read More

2007 Nebraska Annual Conference

July 9, 2007

"You are the potter, we are the clay" was the theme of the Nebraska Annual Conference, with about 650 delegates meeting at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel. Read More

2007 New Mexico Annual Conference

July 9, 2007

The 132nd session of the New Mexico Annual Conference met at LifeWay Conference Center with Bishop Max Whitfield of the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Area presiding. Read More

2007 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

July 3, 2007

"Christ Centered - Spirit Led" was the theme of the 165th session of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. led the conference with inspiring preaching and leadership. Read More

2007 Southwest Texas Annual Conference

June 19, 2007

Leaders of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference took three steps toward accomplishing their vision of Read More

2007 Northwest Texas Annual Conference

June 15, 2007

The Northwest Texas Conference met at the Amarillo Civic Center and Polk Street United Methodist Church under theme of Read More

2007 Central Texas Annual Conference

June 14, 2007

The Central Texas Annual Conference met June 3-6 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the 2008 General Conference, with Bishop Ben R. Chamness presiding and the Rev. Mouzon Biggs as guest preacher. Read More

2007 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 14, 2007

The Kansas East Annual Conference met at United Methodist-related Baker University in Baldwin City under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was Read More

2007 North Texas Annual Conference

June 12, 2007

The North Texas Annual Conference held its 141st session with Bishop Alfred L. Norris presiding over some 1,000 United Methodist lay and clergy representing 325 congregations in 20 North Texas counties. Read More

2007 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 8, 2007

During the 2007 session of the Louisiana Annual Conference, Bishop William W. Hutchinson reported that one of the capstones of celebration for the year was the 2006 apportionment payout of 98.47 percent. Read More

2007 Missouri Annual Conference

June 7, 2007

The 19th session of the Mississippi Annual Conference met at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson with Bishop Hope Morgan Ward presiding. Based on Isaiah 61, the theme was Read More

2007 Kansas West Conference

June 1, 2007

The Kansas West Annual Conference, under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones, met around the theme Read More