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Clergy and other church leaders lay hands on Bill Ohler during a disaster response meeting at Christ's Community United Methodist Church in Joplin, Mo. Ohler is a trustee at St. James United Methodist Church, that was destroyed by the tornado. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Disaster recovery is much more than cleanup

Survivors may experience an inability to cope, a crisis of faith or a loss of hope. United Methodist Committee on Relief explains that spiritual healing is as necessary as physical rebuilding. Read More

The Rev. Kelly Clem stands to offer the benediction and blessing at Goshen United Methodist Church in Piedmont, Ala., at the close of the service commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Palm Sunday 1994 tornado that killed 20 members of Goshen Methodist Church, where Clem was then pastor.  At right is the Rev. Joe DeWitte, current pastor of Goshen Methodist Church. Photo by Kay Campbell, AL.com.

20 years after tornado, Kelly Clem speaks at church commemoration

Former pastor lost her 4-year-old daughter in tragic storm, but returned to be part of a service in church's new building. “A hundred little gifts reminded us that God is here.” Read More

How can I help with disaster relief?

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides resources and relief to many to overcome world hunger and poverty. Read More

Church helps rebuild communications in Philippines

A United Methodist-led team has been providing communications relief in the Philippines this week, assessing needs and identifying ways to reconnect churches and communities after the recent typhoon. Read More

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

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

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

Laura Gage (center) hugs Joe Royer while helping sort through the wreckage of his home in Joplin, Mo.,following the deadly tornado. At left is Kevin Kaufhardt. A UMNS photo  by Mike DuBose.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Churches Dealing with Disaster

When disaster hits a community, pastors and congregations need to be prepared. Find news and resources for facing tough times. 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

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

Church responds to Mozambique flood

Heavy rains washed away homes, crops and livestock, affecting 140,000. Several church entities are rushing aid. Read More

United Methodists working to connect Haiti

Communications agency, church volunteers, nonprofit combine to establish technology centers to help Haitians support themselves. Read More

Health kits delight Louisiana school kids

'God was all over the place,' pastor says, as caring United Methodists gave - and continue to give - of time and treasure. Read More

Needed help reaches those in Isaac’s path

At the Mississippi Conference's request, Bill Carr brought supplies from the Memphis Conference to in the middle of the hurricane. Read More

United Methodists respond to Isaac’s wrath

As rescue efforts continued in Louisiana, first responders went to work, people filled cleaning buckets and generous givers reached out. Read More

After Haiti impact, U.S. braces for Isaac

A United Methodist work team from Louisiana rode out the storm in Haiti but now prepares for pounding at home. Read More

United Methodists open doors in disasters

From Colorado to the Atlantic coast, churches have worked to help those suffering in the clutches of the summer of 2012. Read More

Churches respond to 700 miles of U.S. storms

United Methodists assess damages while they open doors to cool, feed people as stifling heat continues in Midwest, Mid-Atlantic. Read More

A year after Minot flood: ‘Faith thrives’

Despite losing its building, Faith United Methodist Church continues its ministry through partnerships. Read More

Joplin one year later: Moving forward

Tornado victims remembered as Missouri city rebuilds with assistance from United Methodist donations, volunteers. Read More

Iowa church was shelter in the storm

Congregation's decision not to lock its doors leaves a safe haven for a family of five as tornados wreak havoc through Central Plains. Read More

Radiation fear lingers after Japan quake

As Japanese Christians work at cleanup and monitoring, concerns mount beyond 'exclusion zone' surrounding nuclear plant. Read More

Japan’s Christians active in quake relief

One year later, assistance to those affected by Japan's March 11, 2011, "triple disaster" continues, with new opportunities for volunteer teams. Read More

Churches reach out after swath of storms

A steady stream of tornadoes Feb. 28-March 2 has congregations seeking creative ways to help their communities. Read More

Churches respond to 2012 winter twisters

Even as they grieve losses, United Methodists find ways to help their neighbors pick up pieces after Feb.29 storms. Read More

Breadfruit flour effort aims to enrich Haiti

Despite obstacles, Hennepin Avenue church in Minneapolis works toward innovative project to provide food and jobs. Read More

Methodists cooperate in Haiti’s recovery

Two years after the devastating earthquake, church partners measure progress toward recovery in many ways. Read More

UMCOR Spring Storms

Leaders say the relief agency has already responded to as many storms as in all of 2010, and almost as many as in 2009. View

Tornado Losses, Lessons:  Rev. Kelly Clem

The Rev. Kelly Clem lost her child and her church in a 1994 tornado. Now she is comforting others recovering from storms. View

One Year Later: Haiti Quake Survivor

The Rev. Jim Gulley was trapped for 3 days under the Hotel Montana. The tragedy served to strengthen his resolve to change lives in Haiti. View

Church Adopts Haiti

Bronwen and Bill Pope adopted two sons from Haiti. Now their friends at church make clothes for children affected by the earthquake. View

Palmer Urges Prayer for Storm Victims in Cuba

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, President of the Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists to pray for the people of Cuba who are suffering from the devastation of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. Read More

United Methodists Offer Prayers, Caring in Wake of Bridge Collapse

United Methodists across Minneapolis are standing in solidarity with victims and families in the aftermath. Read More

UMCOR Spotlighted on XM Satellite Radio Show

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will be featured on XM Radio's "For Heaven's Sake with Beverly Burke" at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. (ET) on channel 155. The hour-long show comes on the heels of UMCOR's landmark global partnership signing in London with Muslim Aid on June 26. Read More

Christian and Muslim Relief Groups Form Landmark Global Aid Partnership

The partnership could result in approximately $15 million in direct relief to disaster, war and conflict-ridden areas. Read More