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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

VBS programs keep up with times

More than a million kids take part in summer programs at United Methodist churches. Workers share ideas and innovations to make the most impact. 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

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

When disaster hits: Churches must prepare

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

Pastor Russell Clark of the United Methodist Church of Reddick (Fla.) welcomes new members, Lannie and Erin Thompson and their children.

Church vitality: What is the secret to growth?

Florida pastor sees congregation grow by 25 percent in one Sunday as he does 'what a pastor is called to do.' 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

‘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

College students fight human trafficking

Wesley Foundation at Florida International leads helps others to understand this 'modern-day slavery' could happen on any campus. 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

Bishop Stokes, scholar and reconciler, dies

Stokes, 100, was a longtime professor at Candler and helped bring together previously segregated church in Mississippi. Read More

20 ways to reach out on Veterans Day

Sunday is Veterans Day. Read creative ways individuals and congregations can engage in ministry with U.S. military, vets and their families. 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

UMTV: Act of Repentance

Preparations for the GC2012 event included listening sessions with indigenous peoples in Norway, the Philippines, and the U. S. View

Conferences reject church’s stance on gays

Rejecting the denomination's stance on gay rights and same-sex marriage were important issues for at least 15 annual conferences. 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

UMTV: Interpreters Raise Church Voices

During General Conference, business is conducted in English and translated into 8 more languages. A huge team helps every voice be heard. View

Is this your mother’s UMW?

United Methodist Women expects opportunities to expand as organization charts a separate path. Read More

UMTV: Catering Work for Homeless

Inside the Box buys a meal for a homeless person for every lunch sold. Homeless teens train for jobs in food service. Good food for a good cause. View

Young adults + social media = future UMC

More than 150 participate in May 14 tweetup to chat about GC2012 and where the church goes from here. Read More

5 Congo siblings capture hearts

Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, brought "O Happy Day" spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service. Read More

GC2012: 40 more sent to mission service

Worldwide church gathers at General Conference as church sends new people to witness for God throughout the world. Read More

Wenner’s ‘stepping stones’ to bishop

German episcopal leader and new council president always felt welcome in the UMC. Read More

Bishop Janice Huie presides over a May 2 debate on denominational restructure at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference.

Week 2: GC2012 flurry of motions, ministry

Frustrated by not voting on major restructure legislation, some felt as if GC2012 accomplished nothing. That's not the case. Read More

UMTV: Produce Drop Pounds Hunger

40,000 pounds of cucumbers help feed hungry. "There is only one reason there are hungry people in the United States &ellipsis; because we tolerate it." View

UMTV: The Art of a Lost Boy

James Makuac is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He knows all too well the hardships faced by his fellow refugees, and paints to tell their story. View

UMTV: Booths Educate and Engage

Creative displays allowed delegates and visitors of GC2012 to learn about exciting ministries The United Methodist Church offers. View

UMTV: Prayer Room Offers Sacred Space

Volunteers offered special prayers for the delegates and attendees of GC2012. "As United Methodists, we are people of prayer." View

Bishop Marisa de Freitas Ferreira (right) of the Methodist Church of Brazil prays for Bishop Adonias Pereira do Lago, also of Brazil, during evening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla

Week 1: GC2012’s ‘slow’ week still busy

Delegates to The United Methodist General Conference considered 1,200 petitions as they prayed, praised and protested. Read More

GC2012 Celebration Sunday: The Advance

Meet some of the people who represent The United Methodist Church at work in the world - and those who make their missions possible. View

GC2012: Ziemer on Malaria

Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, acknowledges that The United Methodist Church has been an important partner in the fight against malaria. View

Delegates and visitors fill the plenary hall in the May 1 afternoon celebration of Pan-Methodist Full Communion at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.  On the screen are Bishop Sharon Rader and Bishop John White.

GC2012: General Conference wrap-up

United Methodists contend with structural and social issues at legislative assembly in Tampa. Read More

GC2012: Judicial Council voids Plan UMC

Compromise restructure plan unanimously deemed unconstitutional; two other referrals deferred until fall. Read More

GC2012: Delegate serves 11th term

Ruth Daugherty of Eastern Pennsylvania has witnessed some of the historic and defining moments of General Conferences. Read More

GC2012: Bishops urge ‘communities of love’

Kiesey and Matthews emphasize practice of 'blessing each other, rather than cursing each other.' Read More

No ‘Plan UMC’, GC2012 shrinks agencies

After reorganization plan is ruled unconstitutional, delegates work to salvage parts of the structural changes. Read More

May 4 wrap: No restructure in 2012

A day filled with drama over an unexpected ruling on the church's structure plan ended anticlimactically when delegates adjourned without coming to a decision. Read More

Acte de repentance pour les peuples autochtones

Le vendredi 27 avril, toute l'Eglise Méthodiste Unie réunie à la session quadriennale de la Conférence Générale à Tampa (Floride) a revécu des moments douloureux de son histoire au cours du culte de l'acte de repentance en vue de... Read More

Conférence Générale 2012: Audio

Ecoutez les reportages de la Conférence Générale sur « La voix de l'Espérance », la Radio de l'Eglise Méthodiste Unie Côte d'Ivoire. Read More

Eva Gunnings est commandé comme une diaconesse Méthodiste Unie par l'évêque Bruce Ough, accompagné d'Harriett Olson (à droite), le chef de la Division des femmes, et Inelda Gonzalez, le président de femmes méthodistes Unies. Le 29 Avril la mise en service a eu lieu à Tampa, en Floride, où l'horizon 2012 Méthodiste Unie de la Conférence générale se tiendra.

Les délégués approuvent l’autonomie de l’organisation des femmes

Le 1er mai 2012, la Conférence Générale a fait de l'Organisation des Femmes Méthodistes Unies une organisation autonome au sein de l'Eglise Méthodiste Unie par un vote de 889 contre 20, Read More

Les ‘Kamana’ gagnent les curs des delegues de la Conference Generale 2012

Les enfants ‘ Kamana ’ ont fait dansé les délégués de la Conférence Générale 2012 au rythme de la mélodie « O Happy Day .... when Jesus washed my feet away ». Read More

Les délégués approuvent la nouvelle structure de l’Eglise Méthodiste Unie

Après plusieurs tentatives pour créer une nouvelle structure, la session de la Conférence générale du 2 mail a approuvé un modeste réajustement de ses 13 agences générales qui servent les 13 millions de Méthodistes... Read More

Le Bishop Yemba lance un appel à la formation des leaders.

Dans une vidéo présentée aux délégués de la Conférence Générale le mercredi 24 avril 2012, le Bishop David Yemba a lancé un appel exceptionnel à la formation des leaders imprégné... Read More

GC2012: Pacific Islanders welcome new ministry plan

"Our kalia ('canoe') has arrived and been welcomed," said the Rev. Sione Veikoso, hailing the passage of a comprehensive plan for Pacific Islander ministry in the United States. Read More

Ruling invalidates change in Episcopal Fund

United Methodist Judicial Council declares change in apportionment by jurisdiction 'unconstitutional.' Read More

Council of Bishops President Rosemarie Wenner of Germany tells dozens of demonstrators for full inclusion of gays and lesbians in The United Methodist Church that the denomination's bishops feel their pain. Several dozen demonstrators took over the plenary floor of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., on May 3 after the body reaffirmed the church's stance on homosexuality.

May 3 wrap: Gay rights protest closes morning session

A morning of tense debate leads to a demonstration preventing GC2012 delegates from doing their work. Read More

Delegates cannot agree they disagree on sexuality

After more than an hour of debate and disagreement, two items stating Christians have different opinions about homosexuality were not approved. Read More

GC2012: Sailing the ecumenical boat

Whatever the storms of life, fellowship of churches means 'you are not alone in the boat.' Read More

GC2012: 5 Congo siblings capture hearts

Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, bring "O Happy Day" spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service. Read More

GC2012: Prayers for peace in Nigeria

General Conference prays for victims of the recent bombings that killed many as delegation worries about friends, families. Read More

Restructuring plan gets tentative OK

Final nod awaits budget report from finance agency and decision of the denomination's top court on constitutionality. Read More

Protestation des homosexuels à la Conférence Générale 2012

Ce jeudi 26 avril 2012 a eu une démonstration de présence active et participative pendant les assises de la 26e session de la conférence générale par les gays et les lesbiennes réclamant leur pleine intégration dans la vie... Read More

May 2 wrap: Delegates approve new structure

Frequently cited as the most important task before this General Conference, delegates say yes to new structure. Read More

The Rev. We Hyun Chang, a pastor in Belmont, Mass., and a delegate from the New England Annual (regional) Conference, argues to reconsider retaining guaranteed appointments for clergy, during a debate at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The guarantee of an annual appointment for elders was eliminated by the conference on May 1.

GC2012: Vote ends guaranteed appointments

Item passes quickly on May 1 consent calendar among other measures; effort to reconsider fails. Read More

GC2012: Pan-Methodists celebrate together

United Methodists join 5 African-American denominations in full communion agreement. Read More

GC2012: Breaking bread with the homeless

Delegates took a break from legislative tedium to eat and sing with Tampa's homeless. Read More

Justice for 1864 massacre pledged

GC2012 overwhelmingly commits church to work with four tribes in regard to reparations, repatriation and research related to Sand Creek. Read More

May 1 wrap: Guaranteed appointments ended

Delegates vote end to guaranteed jobs for clergy, enter into full communion with Pan-Methodist churches, approve sixth national plan, approve separate agency for women. Read More

Don’t you have faith yet, asks Bishop Yemba

Congolese bishop encouraged General Conference delegates as they consider the structure of the church to make certain it is mission focused. Read More

GC2012: A night to recognize accomplishments

Time to celebrate 'challenges and achievements' of ministry with poor, global health, developing leaders, young people. Read More

GC2012: 4 elected to University Senate

Chief executives and other academic leaders named to denomination's accrediting agency. Read More

GC2012: Set-aside bishop proposal fails

Fulltime president for Council of Bishops falls short of required two-thirds support because measure comes under constitutional rule. Read More

Up to full GC2012 to decide restructure

No plan made it out of committee, supporters of the three major plans still working to accomplish various objectives. Read More

April 30 wrap: No set-aside bishop

On first day of handling legislation in plenary, delegates act on bishops' proposal, elect officers to Judicial Council. Read More

GC2012: Split views on Palestinian support

Some back petitions to divest from companies tied to occupation; others opposed to that strategy look to economic investment. Read More

GC2012: 500 protest private prison industry

Bishops Carcaño and Trimble lead rally against the growing business, which provides monetary incentives for states to imprison immigrants. Read More

GC2012: Passing the gavel

Presidency of Council of Bishops move to Rosemarie Wenner of Germany, the first female president from central conferences. Read More

GC2012: Affiliated, united churches welcomed

Bishop Rader recognizes delegates from 24 churches around the world with ties to The United Methodist Church. Read More

A quiet demonstration in support of full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of The United Methodist Church occurs as delegates and visitors leave the April 26 plenary session of the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

GC2012: Holy conversations have unintended effect

About 300 demonstrate in response to treatment of people during some sessions on human sexuality. Read More

April 28 wrap: Repentance is life work

Genuine repentance calls for a change in life, says Native leader, and legislative committees scurry to complete work. Read More

Delegates to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., are sitting at round tables for the first time, a step designed to encourage better discussion of issues facing the the denomination's top legislative body. Meeting once every four years, General Conference is the only body that can speak as The United Methodist Church.

April 27 wrap: First step to set-aside bishop

Legislative committee seeks plenary session approval of a set-aside bishop as other committees forward recommendations. Read More

GC2012: Focus on World Malaria Day

With hundreds of thousands of lives saved, The United Methodist Church continues its fight through Imagine No Malaria. Read More

GC2012: King preaches message of inclusion

'Doors to kingdom of God are wide open,' bishop reminds delegates in April 25 worship to close intense day of work. Read More

GC2012: Covenant for a worldwide church debuts

Dreams and hopes offered for The United Methodist Church to live out its true worldwide nature. Read More

April 26 wrap: Work begins

Decisions on petitions begin in earnest as presentations and events - in favor and in opposition to legislation - continue. Read More

GC2012: Call for ‘resurrection revolution’

Bishop Weaver's Episcopal Address tells journey of Congo teens from conflict to river baptism to illustrate a new life in Christ. Read More

GC2012: Lay speakers urge ‘transformation’

3 laity speakers emphasize that 'making disciples of Jesus Christ is a responsibility of all Christians.' Read More

GC2012: Delegates set rules for business

After sessions on two days and discussion of 18 amendments, delegates approve rules as originally presented by rules committee. Read More

GC2012: Be ‘charged, rooted, united’

Youth issue challenge to young who are a minority in the church's decision making to overcome the barriers of age differences. Read More

April 25 wrap: Opening addresses, rules

Debate on rules follows addresses by bishop, lay persons and young people. Legislative committees organize and delegates participate in holy conferencing. Read More

Q&A: Music, worship at General Conference

'This United Methodist Church is so amazingly diverse, and we want to celebrate the many ways God is praised all over the connection.' Read More

General Conference 2012 officially begins

'Jesus will show up in Tampa,' says Goodpaster as he emphasizes the mission to 'live out the good news of God's love for all the world.' Read More

GC2012: How to increase accountability?

Legislation aims to increase responsibility for disciple making. United Methodists ask how bishops can be more accountable too. Read More

GC2012: Bishops limit meetings, shift roles

At session preceding General Conference, bishops change meeting schedule and role of retired members to respond to Call to Action challenge. Read More

First service recalls Jesus’ seaside ministry

Maskoko Nation member consecrates worship space; Goodpaster tells delegates 'we now gather beside Tampa Bay to clean and mend our nets.' Read More

Faith communities can overcome AIDS epidemic

The people of God need to decide it is time to destroy HIV/AIDS, speakers said during "Lighten the Burden IV," sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. Read More

Bishop has ‘sole authority,’ top court says

United Methodist Judicial Council considers 3 cases at its spring meeting. Read More

General Conference 2012: Call to Prayer

Through global prayer network, every United Methodist can participate in the 2012 General Conference. 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

Over 90, Teaching Yoga: Bernice Bates

United Methodist Bernice Bates is 91. "I've attained this age because I have done yoga. Gives you peace just like your church does." View

Preview to church restructuring debate

Concerns raised that the proposed changes would give too much power to bishops and damage the denomination's 'separation of powers.' 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

UMTV: Santa’s Toymakers at Church

Church volunteers have made 25,000 toys for kids in need. "It's not just what's going in the box, it's what's going on inside that building." View

Pre-General Conference briefing to be held Jan. 19-21

United Methodist Communications will host a news briefing in preparation for General Conference 2012 in Tampa. Read More

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

2012 United Methodist General Conference Moved to Tampa

Citing a church policy regarding meeting in cities that are home to professional sports teams with Native American names, The United Methodist Commission on the General Conference has retracted its selection of Richmond as the site of the 2012 General Conference and named Tampa as the new meeting site.
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