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Aley United Methodist Church took a vote July 10 to back its pastor, the Rev. Eston Williams (standing in front), in his desire to perform same-sex weddings at the church. Aley (rhymes with “daily) is in Seven Points, Texas, an hour south of Dallas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Rural Texas church votes for same-sex weddings

Small Aley United Methodist Church follows pastor in challenge to United Methodist law. Read More

Members of the Worship in Motion dance ensemble process out during the May 14 worship service at the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. The group is from Federal Way United Methodist Church in Auburn, Washington. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

May 14 wrap-up: Young ambassadors share hope, committee work finishes

As legislation challenges delegates, Sabbath offers opportunities to refresh spiritually, mentally and physically. Read More

Families arrive for the Easter Sunday service at New Hope Valley United Methodist Church in Valley Furnace, W.Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Remember rural churches, advocates say

United Methodist Rural Advocates try to give voice to concerns of 2.9 million members who live in rural U.S. Read More

The Rev. Gina Stewart, a former police officer, is pastor of Mary's Chapel United Methodist Church in Philippi, W.Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Former cop finds fulfillment as part-time pastor

Her four small country churches offer challenge, and a good place to pray. Read More

The Rev. Don Rush is plant manager at Sistersville (W.Va.) Tank Works and a licensed local pastor in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Plant manager ‘called home’ to preach

At district superintendent’s request, he added leading two churches to a busy life. Read More

Union and Willow Grove United Methodist Church inaugural Tractor Blessing in Pittsgrove, New Jersey. Photo by Calista Condo, courtesy of the South Jersey Times.

Tractor ceremony in South Jersey blesses farmers of all ages

Small church’s service wishes growers a fruitful harvest. "I wanted them to be blessed so they can seed with a smile on their faces and a prayer in their heart." Read More

Fields Chapel United Methodist Church, in Cherokee County, Ga., has been going since about 1820. The current sanctuary had its dedication in 1899. The Rev. Sam Jones, a noted revivalist, preached the dedication sermon to a large crowd. Photo by Scott MacInnis, courtesy Historic Rural Churches of Georgia.

Finding friends for old country churches

Two Atlanta men use website to promote preservation of rural sacred spaces. “It turns out a lot of people do care." Read More

Bethel United Methodist Church, near Washington, Ga., was founded around 1835. The current white-frame sanctuary dates to 1916, and was built for about $7,000, including furnishings. Photo by Scott MacInnis, courtesy Historic Rural Churches of Georgia.

Celebrating rural churches

Take the road less traveled this summer. You may happen upon an old church, whose simple setting enhances moments of peace and prayer. 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

N.C. churches benefit from ‘labor of love’

Historic St. George United Methodist is one of many to use conference construction ministry program. Read More

Ministry boosts small church vitality

Hinton Rural Life Center, a United Methodist retreat, offers resources and training to strengthen country churches. Read More

UMTV: Hinton Center Renews Small Churches

For 50 years, a retreat center in North Carolina has offered resources and training to keep rural congregations connected. Take a video tour. View

Rural leader leaves 50-year legacy

The Rev. Harold McSwain was a dedicated advocate for small-town, rural United Methodist congregations. Read More

Rural churches seek voice at GC2012

United Methodist Rural Fellowship provides values statement as guideline for restructuring proposals at General Conference. Read More

Saving Bowbells: Churches keep hope alive

Congregations stand with their communities in a struggle for survival and revival. Read More

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