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Convict’s moving testimony about Kairos Prison Ministry

"I thank God for what He changed me into because I used to be a monster." United Methodists are part of the transformative work of Kairos. View

UMTV: Choir’s Christmas Gift

Members of Saint Mark United Methodist Church will be heard on Dec. 24 special. "They'll see Jesus in us, and that's gonna touch lives." View

Remembering Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

The World Methodist Council called him a "symbol of freedom, justice and peace." Learn about the late leader's church ties. Read More

UMTV: Hunger-Free ZIP Code

The Rev. Adam Snell's church feeds 45 families a month but says this ministry is not just food, "It's all about relationships." View

Video: UMCOR’s Response After Typhoon

"UMCOR really is the local church." Leaders talk about ways United Methodists are bringing real relief to those hit by Typhoon Haiyan. View

Video: Filipino Bishops’ Message After Typhoon

"When one part of the world suffers, other members will help." Bishops Torio, Francisco, and Juan were far from home when disaster struck. Read More

Children meet Christ through revamped Sunday school

Learn how a congregation revamped traditional Sunday school, using a fresh approach to Christian education. Read More

The Rev. Adam Weber, lead pastor, delivers the message during a Sunday service at Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. Embrace, a United Methodist Church founded in 2007, is one of the top 50 fastest-growing U.S. churches in 2013 according to Outreach magazine. Photo by Amie Hansen Photography for Embrace Church. Accompanies UMNS story #268. 10/17/13.; Photo by Amie Hansen Photography for Embrace Church

S.D. church makes ‘fastest-growing’ list

Embrace in Sioux Falls is the only United Methodist church to make magazine's 2013 list of U.S. top 50 in growth. Read More

UMTV: Church Photos of a Lifetime

For 50 years, photographer has used his lens to bring human struggles into focus. "I could use it as a means to promote social change." Read More

UMTV: Service Dogs Heal Troops

Veterans dealing with PTSD say training a canine companion "provides a one-time fee for a dog, instead of a lifetime of medication." View

UMTV: Ministry of Memory

Archivists explain why record-keeping matters. "We can become this beacon to the church and say, 'You've been there. You've done that.'" Read More

Hispanics share dreams for church

MARCHA leaders begin visioning process to develop a plan for moving Hispanic/Latino ministry forward in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Gloria Holt, then lay leader of the North Alabama Annual (regional) Conference, delivers the laity address at the 2004 United Methodist General Conference in Pittsburgh. Holt, who served as former president of the United Methodist Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, died Aug. 28, 2013. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

Gloria Holt, prominent lay leader, dies

She served at every level of the denomination, but her greatest passion was disciple-making at the local church. Read More

What every college freshman should know

Faculty and students from United Methodist-related schools share advice on how to make the journey from home to college easier. Read More

Life will go on for college parents

Just like their children, some parents handle the 'letting go' of college better than others. Read More

Portrait of Gilbert Haven.  Descents of Haven have gifted about 1,000 of his letters to The General Commission on Archives and History. Haven was an committed  abolitionist and joined the New England Conference in 1851.  Included in the collection is a letter written to militant abolitionist John Brown. A UMNS photo courtesy of The General Commission on Archives and History. Accompanies UMNS story #048. 2/27/13.

Methodist History: Bishop Fought Slavery

Gilbert Haven lived in the 19th-century but was progressive in his stances to end slavery, allow interracial marriage, and grant ordination of women. View

Mentoring vital to keeping ministry alive

When done right, mentorship can help young clergy through challenging times. Does The United Methodist Church "do it right?" Read More

UMTV: Africa’s Miracle Tree

What plant can lower cholesterol, purify the liver, and prevent blindness? Learn how UMCOR helps farmers grow a nutritional powerhouse. View

The ABCs of back-to-school outreach

Whether your congregation is large or small, you can learn creative ways to reach out to students and families in a new academic year. Read More

Tackling hunger ‘hands-on’ at annual conference

This year, 10 United Methodist conferences packed 680,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now during annual conference sessions. Read More

Despite declines, signs of vitality in 2012

Leaders of conferences that saw growth last year offer advice to the majority that saw dips in membership and attendance. Read More

Conference budgets show modest growth

More United Methodist conferences are seeing a modest budget increase for 2014 than are cutting their budget or staying flat. Read More

Regional conferences take on social issues

United Methodists tackled hot-button topics like homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform. Read More

United Methodists ready kids for school

Special back-to-class events offer resources and fun for families, along with a chance to see the church in action. Read More

UMTV: Church in a Diner

Young pastor finds recipe for reaching those who might not go to church in a traditional setting. “We’re all comfortable in a diner.” View

Methodists salute Mandela

July 18 is Nelson Mandela's birthday. Deep spiritual roots, lifelong Methodist ties helped make South African icon a symbol for justice. Read More

Mental health: Clergy job often equals stress

Itinerancy, too little down time and even too many potlucks take their toll on spiritual leaders if they don't focus on their own health. Read More

Academy makes young African entrepreneurs

In an annual conference where one-sixth of the members are youth, United Methodists are reaching out in new ways. Read More

Students join peace and justice communities

United Methodist-related schools introduce young people to human and civil rights education and awareness. Read More

Oklahoma license plate suit sparks debate

United Methodists respond to pastor's belief that Native American imagery on state's license plates violates his religious liberty. Read More

Bishop rules on gay clergy candidate

Dorff says question of whether the board of ordained ministry acted properly in discontinuing candidacy is "moot and hypothetical." Read More

Sisters give 3 years to map hunger solutions

After 38,893 miles and 254 nights away from home, United Methodists have recorded what they've learned in "Facing Hunger in America." Read More

Rare video of 1990 U.S. speech by Mandela

"When we were in prison, you did not forget us." Anti-apartheid activist speaks to interfaith leaders shortly after release from prison. View

How pastors can ‘bloom where planted’

Clergy - not just military families - deal with frequent moves, new assignments and expected and unexpected anxieties. Read More

U.S. court rulings impact same-sex couples

This morning's U.S. Supreme Court decisions likely will intensify United Methodists' ongoing debate about human sexuality. Read More

Alternative breaks focus on service

United Methodist-related Cornell College makes vacations count as students gain experience and a global perspective. Read More

The Church in China: Focus on disaster relief

When disaster strikes, Amity goes to front lines, a new action in a country where government traditionally managed disaster response. Read More

Feeding Bodies, Souls at the Border: Rev. Saul Montiel

For those struggling to survive in drainage areas along the Tijuana River, the Rev. Sal Montiel is a welcome sight, providing food and compassion. View

Joining Families at the Border: Rev. John Fanestil

Offering prayers and Communion on both sides of the wall, the Rev. John Fanestil serves loved ones separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. View

The Church in China: To serve God, society

For the past 28 years, the Amity Foundation has worked to assist those on the margins of Chinese society. Read More

Door open to Southern Baptist Scout groups

United Methodist Men responds to Baptist action to support church and families that want to cut ties to Boy Scouts. Read More

UMTV: Feeding Bodies, Souls at the Border

During Hispanic Heritage month, we profile Saúl Montiel. Born in Mexico, he fights for social justice and is now a missionary near Tijuana. Read More

The Church in China: Pews are full

Many of country's historic churches now filled with thousands-instead of hundreds-as young people turn to churches in large numbers. Read More

UMTV: Care for Caregiving Youth

2012 CNN Hero creates non-profit to help 1.4 million U.S. children caring for family members. "They sacrifice their childhood." View

The Church in China: One pastor’s journey

At 69, he looks back on a Christian lifetime nurtured by his father and grandfather, who embraced the faith in the mid-19th century. Read More

Furor over block to gay clergy candidate

Bishop asked to rule on due process in case of Texas woman who had completed steps toward ordination when she came out as lesbian. Read More

United Methodism’s Chinese connections

Church's ties began in 1847 with arrival of Methodist Episcopal Church missionaries and continues today. Read More

The Church in China: A growth in size, faith

As the number of Christians in China climbs, Chinese faith leaders work to maintain relationships with faith groups internationally. Read More

Mandela’s Methodist ties

Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela has had many connections to Methodism.A graduate of a Methodist boarding school where many future African leaders were educated, the anti-apartheid champion was mentored by Methodist preachers and educators and formed a bond with a Methodist chaplain while in prison.As president of South... Read More

Oklahoma climbs back after multiple tornadoes

United Methodists in Oklahoma extend relief work to areas hit by massive May 31 tornado, widest on record. Read More

Africa U. to offer palliative care degree

Palliative care treats the whole person - body, mind and spirit. Read More

McCord Scholar prepares to give in return

Program at 11 Historically Black United Methodist Colleges and Universities guides student toward deeper meaning in life. Read More

UMTV: Beekeeping Benefits Liberia

Joe Gatei sent his kids to school with honey sales. "God is answering my prayer, things are working well." See how UMCOR is changing lives. View

High Heels and a Mission: Rev. Tiffany Thomas

For Women’s History Month, meet a young clergywoman whose work in a church soup kitchen as a child inspired her to serve as pastor and mentor. View

United Methodists ahead of malaria goal

Fundraising for Imagine No Malaria reaches June goal of $40 million early, more than halfway to final goal of $75 million by 2015. Read More

Boy Scouts lift ban on gay members

Leaders voted on proposal that retained prohibition on gay adult leaders. Decision affects United Methodist ministries. Read More

Philander Smith acts on social justice legacy

United Methodist-related Arkansas college looks to actions of its founder and graduates for definition of its mission. Read More

Saying farewell to United Methodist Reporter

Losing the national newspaper like 'the death of a family member or friend,' says one longtime reader and alum. Read More

Young Pastor’s Fresh Ideas: Rev. Stephanie Price

Stephanie Price encourages churches to partner with local farmers. "We're closing that gap between people outside our walls and people within." View

Tijuana: Where the world’s migrants wait

United Methodist Church and Methodist Church of Mexico reach out to those trapped between nations, hiding and becoming prey to many. Read More

Feeling God’s presence on the border

'God's mercy will outlast all national boundaries,' says pastor as bishops join faithful for Holy Communion while standing in two nations. Read More

When disaster hits: Churches must prepare

Texas tornados left six dead, many homeless. Learn how UMCOR, annual conferences provide disaster response training. Read More

Newtown responders get ‘Strength for Service’

First responders receive blessings and healing after witnessing "a vision that no one should" at scene of Dec. 14 tragedy. Read More

Effort to make Social Principles more global

2012 General Conference adopts petition to revise to make them "more succinct, theologically founded and globally relevant." Read More

Theologian charged for same-sex wedding

The Rev. Thomas Ogletree, a retired seminary dean known for his work on Christian ethics, presided over the wedding of his son. Read More

Campus ministry keeps students safe

At The Barn, the fun environment brings students in, but the safe environment and support system bring them back. Read More

Members of the “Sittercize for the Saints” group at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., exercise in the Asbury ministry building.

Steps for vital older adult ministry

United Methodists observe Older Adult Recognition Day in May, but churches can reach out to older members all year long. Read More

United Methodists prep for 2013 conferences

Amid serious deliberations, members also take time to celebrate in United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Read More

UMTV: Pastor Leads Nigerian Women

One of first Nigerian female clergy, Musa Iliya helps girls be leaders, "see themselves as equally created in the image and likeness of God." View

UMTV: Vital Church Makes Disciples

"I've been here for 10 years, haven't left. It's my juice." How Grace UMC in Florida grew from 400 members to 2600. "Everybody is called." View

Church vitality: How do you define it?

Leaders across the denomination ponder that question even as they try to increase the number of highly vital churches. Read More

Remembering Bob Edgar and his impact

A tribute to a "tireless champion for vulnerable people" who will be sorely missed. Read More

UMTV: Church Thrives on Diversity

Church in an exclusive suburb seeks to be more inclusive. The result is a large, diverse, vital congregation. View

United Methodists mourn Bob Edgar

The top executive of Common Cause, longtime advocate for the poor, and United Methodist pastor died today at 69. Read More

Seeing God’s presence in a week of tragedy

In an unprecedented time of challenges, many see God's love in multiple ways. Read what they say and share what you have seen. Read More

Messages of caring and hope for Boston

Bishop and United Methodists around the globe testify to seeing God in action after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Read More

Church offers help in wake of tragedy

We can never know why tragedy occurs, but The United Methodist Church offers resources to help those seeking consolation. Read More

UMTV: Veteran Dedicated to Vets

In honor of U.S. Memorial Day, meet WWII and Korean vet Lou Riedlinger who created a ministry to recognize and serve those in the military. View

United Methodist schools focus on service

Many United Methodist-related schools are "developing a new culture of service among young people," says Autumn Dennis. Read More

UMTV: Earth Day Green Churches

United Methodist churches across the United States are setting an example for how people can care for the world we live in. View

Native American Teens and Tradition

A riding program is re-introducing young people to a part of their culture that has been lost in today's world. Read More

Church TV show and Jackie Robinson

The TV program produced by the Methodist Church offers a glimpse of Jackie Robinson in the role of civic leader. Read More

Chabadza! Zimbabwe-Norway project pays off

Tradition of lending a helping hand results in new medical facility for mothers and babies and other projects on the boards. Read More

UMTV: Storage Unit Ministry

Thinking outside the box lands one pastor inside a place with plenty of boxes: a storage facility. His new office reaches those in transition. View

When disaster hits: Lessons from others

As tornadoes and floods challenge churches, one clergywoman says, "People do not recover without support, nudging and compassion." Read More

Disaster recovery: Indiana town bounces back

One year after tornado levels Henryville, pastor says, "When we bind together as the body of Christ, we are a force to be reckoned with." Read More

Disaster recovery: Harvest reaps blessings

The tornado gave church new opportunity to reinvent itself, learn from past, embrace a brighter future, says Alabama pastor. Read More

Disaster recovery: Minot celebrates beginnings

"The flood changed my entire ministry here," says the Rev. Debra Ball-Kilbourne, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church. Read More

Zimbabwe preschool struggles but succeeds

'Ministering church' serves through preschool begun in 2009 with three teachers and operating from makeshift facilities in church hall. Read More

White House honors youth solar ministry

United Methodist church and Rotary Club partner on program that brings light to places without electricity. Read More

United Methodists plan Sand Creek project

As massacre's 150th anniversary approaches, denomination wants to set record straight on Methodist involvement and work on healing. Read More

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Africa U. celebrates its first 20 years

“A dream dreamed in the 1800s is still coming true in 2013 at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.” Read More

An educator from the Alliance Biblique de Côte d'Ivoire conducts a public health lesson on AIDS in the sanctuary at Jerusalem Parish United Methodist Church in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire in November 2008. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The untold story of African AIDS relief

Zimbabwean United Methodists lead way in caring for HIV/AIDS patients and talking about what has been taboo to discuss. Read More

Haiti 2013: Rebuilding St. Martin Methodist

Worship in St. Martin today is far different from that Sunday in 2010 when Haitian Methodists stood among rubble. Fifth in a series. Read More

Haiti 2013: Methodist staff rebuild homes

United Methodist groups find way to help Haitian staff of Methodist Guest House construct homes lost in 2010 earthquake. Fourth in a series. Read More

Haiti 2013: Future seen through eyes of a ‘kid’

For rural families in two communities in Haiti, goats are the gift that keeps on giving. Third in a series. Read More

Africa U. to celebrate 20 years of progress

More than 4,000 from 23 African nations have graduated since United Methodists built world-class university, fulfilling a dream from 1800s. Read More

Haiti 2013: Women help women improve lives

From working to ensure healthy moms and babies to funding small growers, Haiti Artisans for Peace makes a difference. Read More

‘HAPI is a light that shines for me’

Haitian Monique Gaston describes the positive impact working for Haiti Artisans for Peace International has made in her life. Read More

Haiti 2013: Bringing light to darkest slum

A friend to Haiti since 2002, now missionary of a Florida church, Seung Don Kim walks with Haiti's children. First story in a series. Read More