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Scopes Monkey Trial tested, strengthened woman’s faith

Reed is among the last living witnesses to the 1925 “Scopes Monkey Trial,” in which schoolteacher John Scopes was convicted of breaking state law by teaching evolution. Read More

Rethinking Stations of the Cross

United Methodists in Brentwood, Tennessee take a symbolic walk to Calvary to reflect on the true meaning of the Easter story. View

Jennifer Dobbs and Matthew Oates share a moment after she said, “Yes” to his proposal of marriage in July 2008.  Photo by Marsha Esau.

Cupid in The United Methodist Church

Couples share how United Methodist ministries brought them together and the difference the church has made in their marriage. 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

Should churches offer Holy Communion online?

Bishops, scholars, agency executives and pastors will tackle the theological implications of that question when they meet next week. Read More

Students find a place in campus ministry

Thousands of young adults discover 'a home away from home' at United Methodist collegiate ministries. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering Bob Edgar and his impact

A tribute to a "tireless champion for vulnerable people" who will be sorely missed. 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

Women making history: Eunice Musa Iliya

"A woman is dependent on how society defines her," says Nigerian pastor. "So as I was growing up, I didn't know who I was as a woman." Read More

The Rev. Sherry Cothran Woolsey performs onstage at a reunion of her rock band, The Evinrudes, playing songs from the '90s and new works about women in the Bible. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

The right rockin’ Rev. Sherry Cothran

For Women's History Month, this pastor's gone from rock music to ministry, and found role models in the Bible. "I'm intrigued by women in the Old Testament." Read More

Women making history: Jocelyn Briddell

"It is critical," says Scarritt-Bennett Center director, "that our history is highlighted...so we can envision a bright future... ." Read More

Inclusion of women in combat welcomed

United Methodist women in military service note that what ruling really does is to equalize competition for more than 200,000 jobs. Read More

Women’s History Month: We need each other

"Our goal ... will not happen until and unless women can strive together," says United Methodist women's leader. Read More

Devotionals for Newtown first responders

United Methodist Men to present Strength for Service to God and Community, a new manual designed specifically for first responders. Read More

Men’s leaders urge Scouts to delay change

Letter to Boy Scouts of America says United Methodist churches need more time to research implications of ending gay ban. Read More

Men’s leader affirms Scout decision delay

After more review, Boy Scouts of America says it will consider in May the issue of whether to end its ban on gay members and leaders. Read More

Men’s leader elaborates on scouting changes

United Methodist Men faced criticism after supporting a proposal to allow local groups to choose whether to have gay leaders and members. Read More

Denomination urged to trust, share leadership

Nearly 1,000 United Methodists attend leadership-training event focused on finding common language and instilling trust for next four years. Read More

Still there, Connectional Table starts anew

Church body regroups with new members to set priorities, but emotions surrounding previous effort to restructure operations evident. 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: Church Meal for Military

Congregation supports families of deployed soldiers. "To know someone's wrapped their arms around their family is just a tremendous thing." View

East Africa treasurer responds to audits

Charles Bamutya's public response follows move to set a lower salary for his bishop until accounting issues are resolved. Read More

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

Agency lowers East Africa bishop’s salary

Unprecedented action will remain in place until Bishop Daniel Wandabula and his office are in full compliance following audit. 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

UMTV: Vets Helping Vets

Campus ministry near Army base supports soldiers and encourages veterans to reach out to other vets. "I have things to offer still." View

Cokesbury closures challenge seminaries

Theological schools have multiple options for supplying students. But some worry the loss of brick-and-mortar stores will do lasting damage. Read More

Faith groups claiming power to improve health

In a group mistrustful of hospitals, churches and faith groups may mean the difference between life and death. Read More

Faith, health best medicine for Memphis

In a group mistrustful of hospitals, churches and faith groups may mean the difference between life and death. 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

Spiritual resources for veterans and families

Veterans Day is on Sunday. Find sources of strength from The United Methodist Church to use throughout the year. 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

Wandabula calls funds issue ‘mud-slinging’

Wandabula responds to moves by two United Methodist agencies to withhold funds in East Africa Conference after audits. Read More

Final report: Church path ‘unsustainable’

The Interim Operations Team, in its final report, calls for bigger changes than what came out of the 2012 General Conference. Read More

United Methodists working to connect Haiti

Communications agency, church volunteers, nonprofit combine to establish technology centers to help Haitians support themselves. Read More

Finance agency asks for E. Africa funds cutoff

Agency's board of directors also approves filing of formal complaint with College of Bishops against Bishop Wandabula. Read More

Deferred Action for Certain Immigrant Youth (DACA) provides hope to thousands of undocumented young people.

Helping young adults reach American dream

A new policy allowing young people to stay in the United States has led to a flood of applications. See how United Methodists are helping. Read More

Judicial ruling sought on East Africa funds

Western PA Conference questions about use of mission funds in East Africa projects are part of controversy surrounding bishop's actions. 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

Needed help reaches those in Isaac’s path

At the Mississippi Conference's request, Bill Carr brought supplies from the Memphis Conference to in the middle of the hurricane. Read More

New business manager for General Conference

The Rev. Alan Morrison takes new role as support services director. Sara Hotchkiss to plan denomination's top lawmaking meeting. Read More

Loan break for United Methodist students

BorrowSmart offers a 3.75 interest rate, different repayment option to try to help students graduate without huge amounts to repay. Read More

Burton to leave women’s commission

United Methodist Commission on Status and Role of Women plans search for new top executive. Read More

Family Fosters 100 Children: Ralph and Sue Hillman

Ralph and Sue Hillman felt a call to help those in need. "This voice, and I knew it was God, said, 'I want you to take care of babies.'" View

United Methodist congregations have led faith communities in advocating for just, humane immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.

Immigrant students get ‘moment of grace’

Obama's announcement looked at as time to prepare as churches help mobilize and educate Hispanic community to apply for legal status. Read More

‘Grandfamilies’ provide love, sanctuary

Grandparents thrown back in the parenting game face many challenges. United Methodist grandparents Mollie and John Moore share their story. Read More

My dad: A kind, gentle man of steel

Nettles Talbert taught son to "acknowledge the humanity in the other person." Read More

Finding God in unexpected places

Denver encounter with a homeless man reminds traveler that 'we all have a hole in our soul.' Read More

Churches reach out after swath of storms

A steady stream of tornadoes Feb. 28-March 2 has congregations seeking creative ways to help their communities. Read More

Ethnic groups offer ideas for vital church

National plans for ethnic/racial ministries are growing churches and planting new ones. They should be part of any new structure, groups say. Read More

Meharry tackles health care from all angles

From cancer research to community partnerships to reduce diabetes, historic Meharry keeps an eye on the future. Read More

Doctor buys hospital to aid rural health

Meharry Medical College graduate models dedication to the poor in Mississippi. "We have to stop making excuses and do more." Read More

Meharry looks to close health-care gap

A mix of medical expertise and political advocacy is key to stopping disparities in health care for the poor, says United Methodist medical college. Read More

Dental school cares for entire community

Since oral health is a path to overall health, Meharry School of Dentistry instills in its students a passion for serving the underserved. Read More

Meharry attacks HIV/AIDS in lab, streets

African-American women are 15 times more likely to become infected with HIV. One medical school is trying to find out why. Read More

At Meharry, M.D. means ‘Make a Difference’

United Methodist-related medical college works to change inequity in health care that racial and ethnic minorities often face. Read More

Black College Fund celebrates 40 years

United Methodist support helps recruit outstanding faculty and provide students with academic, cultural and spiritual guidance. Read More

Will restructuring cut vital ministry?

That's the question church staff want General Conference delegates to consider in weighing various reorganization proposals. Read More

Group proposes alternative restructure

Methodist Federation for Social Action is the only unofficial caucus to submit its own reorganization to General Conference. 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

Church Empowers the Poor

A Nashville congregation welcomes those living in poverty and gives people who may have had many obstacles in life some new opportunities. View

Living with HIV: The Rev. Shane Stanford

He kept a secret until he was ordained, then some churches turned their backs. "I wasn't so much upset with God as much as with God's people." View

$90 million budget advised for bishops

The 2013-16 budget request for the Episcopal Fund represents about a 4 percent decline from the previous four years. Read More

9/11 Memories: Arlette Kitenge

From Rwanda, Arlette Kitenge had been in the U.S. for one year when terrorists struck on 9/11. View

Vital Congregations Website Empowers Churches

A new website aims to equip and empower local churches to become vital and healthy congregations. UMVitalCongregations.org is designed to help churches move through a process of evaluation and assessment as they begin to set goals, and then find key resources to help them achieve those goals. Read More

2011 Tennessee Annual Conference

July 14, 2011

Entering the events of the 2011 annual conference, those in the Tennessee Conference were fully aware of the theme "Risk-Taking Mission & Service." Read More

Family Volunteer Vacation

For the past few years, the Kiefer family has given up vacation to use their talents in the family construction business to help people rebuild their homes after storms. View

2012 Program Calendar Now Available

Themed around Africa University, the official 2012 United Methodist Program Calendar-now available from United Methodist Communications-offers planning pages full of information at-your-fingertips and puts the spotlight on Africa University students who are using education to bring hope to the continent. Read More

Volunteer Marshals and Pages Needed

Volunteers can now apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference. Read More

Shockley to Coordinate Local Church Transformation Project

KimAnn Shockley has been named coordinator of a new project to discover more about the renewal of existing local churches and the practices that lead to transformation. Read More

Can Christians embrace faith and science?

As many states consider preventing the teaching of evolution, United Methodists ask why science and the church can't coexist. Read More

Change the World event mobilizes churches

Thousands of United Methodists will team up to make a positive difference-locally and globally-during the second annual Change the World event on May 14-15, 2011. Read More

Bishop Goodpaster: The future starts now

Bishops are challenged to "to seize this moment in time to exercise our corporate leadership to make a difference in the world" Read More

Bishops Meet in Georgia May 1-6

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. will gather in St. Simons Island, Ga. for the semi-annual Council of Bishops meeting May 1-6; 113 bishops are expected to attend. Read More

Malaria video in Times Square

Right now, in the heart of New York City, a message of need is being broadcast to more than 1.5 million people who pass through Times Square every day. Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is airing a video message to underscore the urgent need to fight... Read More

Imagine No Malaria mobile app

On World Malaria Day, The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign is using technology to fight mosquitoes with the launch of a new mobile application that keeps mosquitoes away and also raises funds for the fight against malaria. Read More

Documentary helps fight malaria

Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, has produced a documentary to increase awareness and action against malaria, a disease that kills a child in Africa every 45 seconds. Read More

Pauley Perrette joins United Methodist Imagine No Malaria campaign

Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is pleased to introduce actress Pauley Perrette to its growing community of supporters working together to reduce deaths caused by malaria.

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Leadership Summit tackles church future

Thousands of United Methodists tuned in to learn how leaders plan to increase vital congregations. Read More

Petition submissions begin April 1

Petitions for consideration by the 2012 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through September 27, 2011. Read More

Goodpaster Encourages Prayer, Support for Japan Quake Victims

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, President of the Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists to pray for the victims of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred last week, and encouraging support of relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read More

First-time volunteer at 91

We are all called to serve others. There are no rules for when or where, and no age limits. Meet a volunteer whose stamina might surprise you. View

Haiti earthquake recovery: one year later

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that occurred Jan. 12, 2010, The United Methodist Church is reminding people that much work remains to be done in Haiti and there are ways they can help. Read More

Church Adopts Haiti

Bronwen and Bill Pope adopted two sons from Haiti. Now their friends at church make clothes for children affected by the earthquake. View

RethinkChurch.org to launch Dec.15

On December 15, The United Methodist Church will officially launch a newly redesigned website for young adult spiritual seekers, RethinkChurch.org, which invites visitors to question, discuss, get involved and make a difference. Read More

2011 Change the World event aims to mobilize half a million volunteers

The second annual church-wide Change the World event, planned for May 14-15, 2011, is a call for United Methodists to make a positive difference locally and globally. Read More

United Methodists provide mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Sierra Leone

The people of The United Methodist Church will provide nearly 400,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to people throughout the Bo district of southern Sierra Leone beginning November 26. Read More

Report Examines Salaries for United Methodist Clergy in the U.S.

A new report that examines how salaries varied for United Methodist pastors in the U.S. found that average pastor salaries grew faster than the inflation rate over the decade ending in 2008. Read More

World Malaria Day 2011: Host a Malaria House Party

The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign is asking United Methodists to support a lifesaving cause by hosting a malaria house party for World Malaria Day, April 25, 2011, or in the months leading up to the event. Read More

RethinkChurch.org to launch Nov. 12

The denomination's revamped website for young-adult spiritual seekers, RethinkChurch.org, will debut Friday, Nov. 12. This marks the website's beta launch, a period when the website is fine-tuned amid real-world exposure.on Nov. 10. Read More