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Lieutenant commander Rev. Jennifer Bowden,  a Navy Chaplain and a United Methodist, is serving near Oso, Washington after devastating mudslide. Photo courtesy of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Navy Chaplain serves in Washington mudslide disaster

Jennifer Bowden is serving Navy families and helping with the search for survivors in Oso. "Every day I go in it's surreal." Read More

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How do I help someone with a drinking problem?

More than a third of United Methodists have struggled with their own or a loved one’s substance abuse. Here are practical steps on the road to recovery. Read More

Indy event targets spousal abuse in church

Faith communities are not exempt from domestic violence, and every church needs a safety team and a safety plan, says advocate. Read More

Students find a place in campus ministry

Thousands of young adults discover 'a home away from home' at United Methodist collegiate ministries. 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

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

Mental health: Crises challenge rural pastors

United Methodists who serve churches in rural settings have a great opportunity to transform their corner of the world. Read More

Mental Health: Church needed on or off campus

Students facing mental health crises fastest-growing group on college campuses as they struggle to cope and look for help. 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

Mental health care: Training equips churches

Two-day event in Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference draws clergy, laity starting initiatives to address mental illness. Read More

Mental health care: Education is key

After her son's tragic death, the Rev. Cheryl Magrini made it her mission to fight the stigma and raise awareness of mental illness. Read More

Faith and Mental Health

United Methodists are addressing the issues of mental health through caring communities."It's time to remove the fear." 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: 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

UMTV: Prison Ministry Restores Hope

Former inmate Kimery Finger credits support of Cascade UMC for her new lease on life. "They were a bunch of sisters holding me up." View

King opposed war, not those who served

King 'foot soldier' emphasizes that acts of concern and care for those who defend the nation are 'essential for any of us who claim to be antiwar.' Read More

Embrace military families and give thanks

Retired Navy chaplain reflects on 30 years of active service and shares ways for United Methodist churches to reach out. Read More

Alabama church seeks healing after shooting

Days after their pastor accused of shooting and killing his wife, worshippers at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon sought comfort and answers. Read More

Chaplain Comforts Wounded Warriors: Chaplain Laura Bender

Laura Bender cheers from the sidelines at Warrior Games. She knows troops deal with physical and emotional wounds. "War changes everyone." View

Sports help warriors on path to healing

Not all war wounds are visible. "One of the greatest wounds is the soul wound," said United Methodist Navy chaplain Laura Bender. Read More

Sunday Supper events reach out to military

Seeking new ways to honor veterans and to embrace military families, United Methodist congregations share special plans for Jan. 20 and beyond. Read More

UMTV: Church Meal for Military

Congregation supports families of deployed soldiers. "To know someone's wrapped their arms around their family is just a tremendous thing." View

Faith leaders join call to end gun violence

Bells toll Dec. 21 for Newtown, Conn., shooting victims as religious leaders call for swift action to stop future tragedies. Read More

Newtown pastor sees pain as path to healing

The Rev. Mel Kawakami reflects on the hurt in his community as he shepherds his flock through anguish of school shootings. Read More

A Sunday of tears and comfort in Newtown

After the horrors of school shooting, nothing seems right until a congregation comes together to ask, "In our trials, Lord, walk with us." Read More

Church honors veterans’ stories of valor

Mother remembers 19-year-old son and families write thank-you notes for those who "put their lives on the line" during Veterans Day service. Read More

Top award given for chaplain support

Crystal Springs (Miss.) UMC honored with Dept. of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Read More

Chemical dependency ministry marks 30th year

Oklahoma Conference effort, born out of husband seeking help for wife, now teaches others how to build the same ministry. Read More

Church reaches out after Sikh temple attack

United Methodists in area offer prayers and help as calls for greater dialogue and understanding come from across the nation. Read More

Tough times lead us ‘Broken to Peace’

New study series focuses on Christians who faced painful circumstances that threatened their spiritual health and sanity. Read More

UMTV: Church Drive-Thru Prayer

Atlanta drivers stuck in rush hour traffic can pull over for some comfort and connection. "I've seen tears of joy and restoration." View

UMTV: Art by Grieving Children

Center helps kids share feelings. "I wish every community had some way to recognize that they're grieving and to do something about it." View

Circles of Care for Immigrants

Therapist-turned-pastor provides free mental health support for immigrants facing long separations from family and fears of deportation. View