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9/11 Pastor Seeks Peace

Myrna Bethke lost a brother on Sept. 11, but the pastor channeled her grief by helping others work toward making the world more peaceful. View

At ordination, United Methodist clergy are prayed over, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and authorized by the church for their life and work. Photo by Emily Green, Indiana Conference.

Spirit empowered, church authorized: United Methodist ordination

What does The United Methodist Church teach about ordination? Learn more about the steps and blessings to become a deacon or elder. Read More

Bishop Grant Hagiya, seen here at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Florida, chairs the 2013-2016 Ministry Study Commission. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Earlier ordination favored by ministry study group

New report by Commission for the Study of Ministry calls for strengthening local pastor training. Read More

Jerry Herships serves Communion in a Denver park. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Professional Comic Turned Preacher: Rev. Jerry Herships

Jerry Herships went from show biz to soul biz. "I used to be a comedian, emcee and host. That's still what I am. I host 'happy hours' for God." View

Ministry commission identifies issues, sets timeline for work

A planned report by the commission studying ministry in the United Methodist Church aims to bring clarity to issues surrounding the theology of ordination. Read More

Women making history: Eunice Musa Iliya

"A woman is dependent on how society defines her," says Nigerian pastor. "So as I was growing up, I didn't know who I was as a woman." Read More

Women making history: Roslyn Lee

"Women's History Month is not only about history," says local pastor. "It is also about me and my identity and how I claim my identity." Read More

United Methodists of note who died in 2012

Bishops, agency leaders, evangelists and political leaders among those United Methodists who filled their lives with contributions. Read More

Conferences talk bishops, focus areas

United Methodist U.S. annual (regional) conferences and central conferences tackle a variety of issues during 2012 meetings. Read More

Retired pastor supports young, new clergy

Western Pennsylvania mentoring program aims to fight the stress and burnout first-time clergy often face. Read More

Briefing previews General Conference issues

Delegates consider issues from reorganization to roles of bishops to an operating budget that is smaller than in the previous quadrennium. Read More

Group proposes alternative restructure

Methodist Federation for Social Action is the only unofficial caucus to submit its own reorganization to General Conference. Read More

2 big disputes ahead at General Conference

Proposals to restructure agencies and end "guaranteed appointments" for clergy stir reactions across theological spectrum. Read More

Church lacks racial diversity, officials say

U.S. membership is not keeping up with the nation's changing demographics. Read More

Kira Volkova helps give the first-ever Young People’s Address during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference.

Young Russian pastor shares courageous journey

Strong faith, compassion move Kira Volkova's ministry. Read More

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