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A photo illustration on the topic of happiness. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Real happiness is more than putting on a face

What makes us happy? A United Methodist pastor and a professor agree that it is not about externals we receive or achieve, but an 'inside job.' Read More

The Rev. Telley Lynnette Gadson works at her new fitness routine. Photo by Jessica Brodie, South Carolina Advocate.

Fitness resolution makes a difference in pastor’s life

Rev. Gadson has always battled weight but with her new exercise program, she's lost 40 pounds and has more energy for ‘her style of preaching.’ Read More

Ernestine Shepherd runs 10 miles a day. Video image by Barry Simmons.

World Record Female Bodybuilder: Ernestine Shepherd

Ernestine Shepherd is over 75, runs 10 miles a day, and credits workouts and her United Methodist faith for turning her grief into joy. View

UMTV: Worship and Workout

Pastor at gym stresses faith, fitness all week. "I look at the Y like the woman at the well. People come here. I provide that spiritual connect." View

Chuck talks about ways to comfort those who feel down during the Christmas holiday.

Chuck Knows Church: Blue Christmas

Some churches host a "longest night" service or "blue Christmas" to comfort those who feel alone. View

Lisa Furney and Dave Inskeep, members of First United Methodist Church of Ankeny, Iowa, say working out together motivates them. Photo courtesy of Lori Staples.

Can church friends be a diet secret?

Keeping up a fitness routine can be rough, but some United Methodist churches offer ways to stay strong. Read More

(From left) Ed Schellhaas, Gary Brand, Clancy Biegler, and Charles Barker, all members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, traveled to Washington as part of Honor Flight. Biegler was among the veterans on the flight; Brands, Schellhaas and Barker traveled as guardians. Photo by Jeff Fisher.

Ministries make sure older adults feel valued

‘The face-to-face contact is most important.’ Advice for church ministries that reach out to members who can no longer participate regularly. Read More

The Rev. Leo Fong does martial arts workouts every day.  Video image by Reed Galin.

UMTV: Kung Fu Grandmaster Pastor

Once a star of martial arts movies, 86-year-old Leo Fong still spars with people half his age and teaches 7 fitness classes a week. View

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: 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

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

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

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

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