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The Rev. David Fison interprets the Christmas story through a 12-foot Tsimshian Indian-style totem pole he designed and carved from yellow cedar at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #00-144. Accompanies UMNS story #511, 11/13/00.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Christmas Totem Pole

A United Methodist pastor carved the Christmas story into a totem pole. A raven represents the angels, and Mary and Joseph journey to Nazareth in a dugout canoe. View

Convict’s moving testimony about Kairos Prison Ministry

"I thank God for what He changed me into because I used to be a monster." United Methodists are part of the transformative work of Kairos. View

Chuck Knows Church: Foot Washing

Chuck Knows Church: Foot Washing

Some United Methodist churches hold foot washing services during Holy Week on Maundy Thursday. Chuck Knows Church explores the Gospel story behind the tradition. 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

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

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

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

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

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

Rare video of 1990 U.S. speech by Mandela

"When we were in prison, you did not forget us." Anti-apartheid activist speaks to interfaith leaders shortly after release from prison. View

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMTV: Veteran Dedicated to Vets

In honor of U.S. Memorial Day, meet WWII and Korean vet Lou Riedlinger who created a ministry to recognize and serve those in the military. View

UMTV: Earth Day Green Churches

United Methodist churches across the United States are setting an example for how people can care for the world we live in. View

Native American Teens and Tradition

A riding program is re-introducing young people to a part of their culture that has been lost in today's world. Read More

Church TV show and Jackie Robinson

The TV program produced by the Methodist Church offers a glimpse of Jackie Robinson in the role of civic leader. Read More

White House honors youth solar ministry

United Methodist church and Rotary Club partner on program that brings light to places without electricity. Read More

United Methodists plan Sand Creek project

As massacre's 150th anniversary approaches, denomination wants to set record straight on Methodist involvement and work on healing. Read More

Positive messages unite college campus

A campaign for unity at Duke University distributed encouragement via Twitter and a 'flood of sticky notes.' Read More

Women at U.N. share real-life challenges

United Methodist delegates among those 'seeking their place at the table' to advocate as they tackle issues of violence, poverty and war. Read More

Methodist history mixed on abolitionism

Individuals recognized for their efforts for freedom, justice and equality, but the church as a whole failed to join despite John Wesley's philosophy. Read More

UM photographer captures King’s last year

John Goodwin's anti-war coverage included Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Beyond Vietnam' speech and protest events. Read More

Civil Rights: Then and Now

United Methodist students had a chance to hear personal perspectives from two men who fought for civil rights in the U.S. 50 years ago and have a message which remains important today. Read More

Why United Methodist-related schools matter

Profound United Methodist-related schools mine their heritage and make it live, argues Adrian College chaplain, Chris Momany. Read More

Wesleyan values shape future leaders

United Methodist-related Shenandoah University's leader says, 'We are here to form and transform young people.' Read More

2013 hunger report: Goals ‘within reach’

Report on world hunger notes measurable successes in poorest countries. Read More

After 50 years, MLK dream nearer to reality

In his annual letter, Bishop White recalls 1963 when King 'took that mass of humanity to ... Church!' in the March on Washington. Read More

King opposed war, not those who served

King 'foot soldier' emphasizes that acts of concern and care for those who defend the nation are 'essential for any of us who claim to be antiwar.' Read More

Honoring veterans is tribute to King’s legacy

When protesting war or Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights leader engaged the policymakers, not those simply following orders. Read More

UMTV: Border Separates Families at Christmas

For those divided by the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, the wall is a reminder of Mary and Joseph's experience of rejection. View

UMTV: Trash Trees for Christmas

New York church goes green not evergreen. The non-traditional trees get attention. "This must be a really quirky place. People must be fun here." View

Christmas giving blesses giver, receiver

At United Methodist alternative-giving markets, shoppers find that compassion, not consumerism, is the best way to honor the Christ-child. Read More

Missionary’s Global Calling: Rev. Romeo del Rosario

Romeo del Rosario has served for decades, speaks 9 languages, and credits call to missionaries in Philippines. "God leads me all the way." View

‘Queen’ reigns over Liberian hospital

In addition to her duties as warehouse assistant at Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Ester Deline also serves as Ganta's 'queen.' Read More

45 United Methodists in diverse Congress

United Methodist numbers will drop slightly when the most religiously diverse Congress convenes in January. Read More

‘Giving Tuesday’ to keep Christ in Christmas

Amid the bargain-hunting hype, generous givers seek opportunities to feed hungry, fight malaria, offer relief, nurture leaders and more. Read More

Community health workers bring healing

In remote areas of Liberia with few resources, a team of volunteer health workers is often the only way villagers receive medical care. Read More

Same-sex unions gain support in U.S. elections

United Methodists were on both sides of the issue Nov. 6 as the vote in four states indicated support for same-sex unions. Read More

Ohio church sews quilts of love for Congo ill

Raising money to buy a new plane for Congo ministry wasn't enough for a congregation that also wanted a personal touch. Read More

Bees, snails, Moringa trees boost Liberians

UMCOR's program to teach sustainable agriculture and development makes an economic and health impact for West Africans. Read More

Sierra Leone students to fight malaria

Plan is for schoolteachers to train health club members who will spread knowledge to their peers, families and communities. Read More

Malaria fighter faces his son’s battle

Phileas Jusu's job is to help prevent the spread of malaria, which hit home recently when his own son was stricken with the disease. Read More

Tennessee faith groups fight youth obesity

Seventeen percent of children are considered obese. United Methodist churches and agencies want to help change that statistic. Read More

Food fight in the church kitchen? You bet!

Nashville woman takes on battle against childhood obesity as she transforms the food fare at West End United Methodist. Read More

Hispanic church offers model of growth

A Chicago-area congregation with lay missioner at helm has expanded from 12 to more than 120 in two years. Read More

Placemats make point on food rights

Church World Service offers discussion tips, recipes, worship aids and action ideas for churches to mark World Food Day on October 16. Read More

UMTV: Young Women of UMCOR

They are leaders at relief agency before age 40. Hear their story. "Young people are looking at us saying, 'We want to do that, too.'" View

UMTV: Hispanic Clergy Migrant Ministry

As we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, meet Marcelo and Corazón Escarzaga, from Mexico, whose mission is with vineyard workers. View

Adding skills to end malaria in Africa

Conference sponsored by Imagine No Malaria and hosted by UMCOR teaches health board members fine points of maintaining initiatives. Read More

Emerging S. Sudan now faces malaria battle

United Methodists are working to help newest nation in world as it puts behind 50 years of one war only to fight another. Read More

Black caucus ‘stands with’ Bishop Talbert

Statement responds to a letter asking for public censure of a retired bishop for remarks urging clergy to stand firm on same-sex union pledge. Read More

Grandmother builds orphanage in Africa

Grandparents Day is Sunday. Kay Oursler joined the Peace Corps at 65 and felt God's call to become "Bibi" (grandmother) to orphans in Tanzania. Read More

UMTV: Keeping God in your Job Search

How hosting a job ministry can change a church. "What are the odds that we'll speak to anybody about Christ this week that we don't know?" View

UMTV: Act of Repentance

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

UMTV: Surgeon On A Mission

Dr. Steve Herbst performs surgeries in Nicaragua to serve the poor. "If I don't use my gift then I'm shorting what I could do for the kingdom." View

UMTV: Grace House Heals Families

Church turns home across the street into a place of hope for families in transition. "Everybody needs a little jump start once in a while." View

Teens Clean River, Change World

Can you change the world by pulling up some weeds? For one group of folks from Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, the weeds are just the beginning. View

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

UMTV: Ministry with the Roma

Living at the margins of Hungarian society, the Roma people face high unemployment and discrimination. But they are central to one church. View

UMTV: Ministry with the Roma

At the margins of Hungarian society, Roma people face high unemployment and discrimination yet are welcomed by one United Methodist church.
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Photographer’s Ministry with the Poor: Paul Jeffrey

"The poor don't have the luxury of giving up." Missionary Paul Jeffrey finds God in the field. "I'm continually evangelized by the poor." View

UMTV: Battle Buddies Mentor Veterans

Fellow vets support returning troops battling everything from PTSD to homelessness. View

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

Sowing promise for developing countries

Foods Resource Bank spins cash from crops into food security as farmers and churches make a global difference. Read More

Home nourishes body, soul of Nigerian young

Born out of the Hope for Children of Africa initiative, this mission of the United Methodist orphanage is still expanding. Read More

World Record Female Bodybuilder: Ernestine Shepherd

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

‘Exploring Differences, Deepening Faith’

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a student reflects on how living with other faiths and cultures strengthens her own. Read More

Racism still stings, bishop tells King

In his birthday letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Woodie White ponders whether race is America's 'stubborn virus.' 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

Cyclists pump up hearts, environment

Creative ministry not only helps homeless people get exercise and job skills, it benefits the environment. Read More

UMTV: Green Gym At Church

A United Methodist pastor is leading a revolution - a green revolution. Donated exercise equipment and discarded tires provide jobs and power. View

Black leaders talk about church changes

Annual forum for church leaders dominated by discussion of impact of proposed changes on African-American congregations. Read More

Oklahoma church sends Bibles to Congo

United Methodist pastor at General Conference hears story of pastors without Bibles and starts effort to send God's word. Read More

United Methodists reach out at Christmas

In diverse ways, congregations, conference employees and others shared resources, time and talents to brighten holiday for others. Read More

New report connects farmers, the hungry

Bread for the World's 2012 hunger report focuses on need to change policy to increase nutritious food production in ways that benefit all. Read More

Science can help church keep its young folk

Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend offer opportunities to show young people that church door is open to them. Read More

Minnesotans add $2 million to malaria fight

Fundraising sets new mark for United Methodist regional conferences as Imagine No Malaria effort total now exceeds $19 million. Read More

Transforming the lives of African orphans

ZOE Ministry's work is mutually beneficial, says director, who sees a "glimpse of Jesus" in the lives of the young people. Read More

UMTV: Clinic for Homeless Teens

One group of doctors, nurses and caseworkers doesn't just walk by the homeless youth in their city. They bring care to them, in a big blue van. View

UMTV: Honey Dudes Do Good

Single moms and widows in one town can give their "honey do" list to the Honey Dudes and get a free helping hand with household repairs. View

UMTV: Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals

"I was taught at this church that everybody is family." Young people prepare turkey dinners with a side of caring for elderly neighbors. View

Bishops vow to uphold same-sex union ban

Council of Bishops' letter is first response after statements by United Methodist clergy willing to bless such unions and by clergy opposed. Read More