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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

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

The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, executive secretary for the Native American and Indigenous Ministries at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, speaks to visiting members of the Council of Bishops at Cherokee United Methodist Church. At left is Bishop Larry Goodpaster. UMNS photos by Annette Spence.

Bishops visit Cherokee as part of repentance

"Immersion experience" for Council of Bishops begins at Trail of Tears. Churches can "choose to be a catalyst of healing and reconciliation." Read More

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

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' 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

A banner commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. flies above the National Mall in Washington during the 50th anniversary celebration of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

United Methodists remember and look ahead

They came from across the country with individual memories and common yearning to assess the dreams of the 1963 march. 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

Conference withdraws clergy age guidelines

Texas Conference considered encouraging those older than 45 not to seek ordination but dropped proposal after clergy reaction. 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

Elvis Presley promoting Jailhouse Rock. Wikimedia Commons, Library of Congress.

Elvis Presley’s Methodist moment

Each August, fans mark the singer's 1977 death. Here's a history lesson on some ways a church agency was linked to the star's record label. 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

Wesley professor joins U.S. State Department

Shaun Casey's main task will be to reach out to religious groups around the world. 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

Churches beware: Liability insurance a must

The reality is that congregations must be prepared for lawsuits; having the right insurance is the first step. Read More

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

What does Obamacare mean for churches?

The answer will depend on how U.S. conferences are able to use the insurance marketplaces after Oct. enrollment begins. Read More

Florida to end insurance for some workers

Conference decision will mean many lay employees of churches will have to look to the exchange for coverage. Read More

Future bright for college president, student

After a hectic but fun first year, one University of Indianapolis student looks forward to Year 2 while the president looks toward the next 18. 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

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

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

EU leaders meet church and faith leaders

Bishop Wenner was among 18 high-level religious leaders invited to meet with the President of the European Union. Read More

The Ministry of Servanthood

We all are part of a worldwide servant community which is of particular importance now while many clergy are moving to a new appointment", says Bishop Wenner. 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

Methodists mark May 24 Aldersgate milestone

World Methodist Evangelism organizes events in London as "people called Methodist" remember the life-changing moment of John Wesley. 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

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

Hockey ministry scores big with youth

A couple's shared love of hockey spawned a ministry that helps kids develop in every aspect of their lives. 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

Churches Dealing with Disaster

Whether a tornado, hurricane, flood, fire or earthquake, when disaster hits a community pastors and congregations need to be prepared. 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

Mental health: Activity benefits aging

"As a church," says successful-aging leader Barbara Bruce, "we must not let our older members languish and become stagnant." 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

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

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

United Methodist Bishops Begin First Forum Meeting

Active bishops of The United Methodist Church began the first meeting of the Forum of Residential Bishops Read More

Forum of Bishops Meeting Continues

The second day of the learning forum for bishops serving annual conferences around the world focused on the strengths of The United Methodist Church Read More

United Methodists monitor immigration bill

Church leaders have signed a statement outlining how the U.S. Senate bill fits - and does not fit - with United Methodist teachings. 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

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

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

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

How old is too old to join the clergy?

A Texas Conference proposal to encourage people over 45 not to seek ordination is igniting debate. 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

Women making history: Sandra Steiner Ball

"I had some learning challenges in my early years ... the church was where I found sanctuary, peace and encouragement." 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

Church fire guts building, not spirit

Outreach to Athens, Ga., community will continue as Oconee Street United Methodist Church faces uncertain future. 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

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46,1

The Boston Marathon started as a celebration of life and ended as a time of mourning. 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

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

Bishop urges peace in Korea

As the situation on the Korean Peninsula raises concern throughout the world, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung calls for an end to threats of war. Read More