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United Methodist church comforts Ft. Hood families

After more fatal shootings on the U.S. Army base, First United Methodist Church in Killeen, Texas helped the community cope. Read More

The Rev. Kelly Clem stands to offer the benediction and blessing at Goshen United Methodist Church in Piedmont, Ala., at the close of the service commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Palm Sunday 1994 tornado that killed 20 members of Goshen Methodist Church, where Clem was then pastor.  At right is the Rev. Joe DeWitte, current pastor of Goshen Methodist Church. Photo by Kay Campbell, AL.com.

20 years after tornado, Kelly Clem speaks at church commemoration

Former pastor lost her 4-year-old daughter in tragic storm, but returned to be part of a service in church's new building. “A hundred little gifts reminded us that God is here.” Read More

‘Grateful to God’ for Kenya mall experience

United Methodist employee in Nairobi when assault occurred delays return to U.S. to help Kenyans as tragedy unfolded. 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

The Church in China: Focus on disaster relief

When disaster strikes, Amity goes to front lines, a new action in a country where government traditionally managed disaster response. Read More

Oklahoma climbs back after multiple tornadoes

United Methodists in Oklahoma extend relief work to areas hit by massive May 31 tornado, widest on record. 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

Church fire guts building, not spirit

Outreach to Athens, Ga., community will continue as Oconee Street United Methodist Church faces uncertain future. 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

How do you protect your church property?

When choosing insurance against property loss such as fire, churches should not be penny-wise but pound-foolish. Read More

‘Moments of deep grace’ after church fire

"People from all denominations have rallied to our cause" with prayer and encouragement after church fires. Part 3 of a Special Report. Read More

Church fires challenge United Methodists

Part 1: Whether caused by lightning strike or arsonist's torch, blazes force congregations to face the unknown, accept help from others. Read More

Faith coalition backs Obama gun plan

United Methodists join faith leaders representing more than 80 million Americans in urging immediate action to respond to crisis. Read More

Alabama church seeks healing after shooting

Days after their pastor accused of shooting and killing his wife, worshippers at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon sought comfort and answers. Read More

Caregivers need care after traumatic events

Clergy who volunteer as crisis care responders often find themselves needing a shoulder to lean on. Read More

Faith leaders join call to end gun violence

Bells toll Dec. 21 for Newtown, Conn., shooting victims as religious leaders call for swift action to stop future tragedies. Read More

Newtown pastor sees pain as path to healing

The Rev. Mel Kawakami reflects on the hurt in his community as he shepherds his flock through anguish of school shootings. Read More

2012: A year’s worth of disasters

As pain stretched across continents and touched some places already damaged, United Methodists throughout the connection responded. Read More

Grief transcends faith boundaries in Newtown

Religious community of Connecticut area comes together with governor and President to lead the healing process after horror of shootings. Read More

A Sunday of tears and comfort in Newtown

After the horrors of school shooting, nothing seems right until a congregation comes together to ask, "In our trials, Lord, walk with us." Read More

Church serves as help site in shooting wake

Newtown United Methodist, near the scene of Friday's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, is serving as a Red Cross respite center. Read More

9/11 Memorial in Shanksville

In 2001, passengers of Flight 93 gave their lives to save others in the path of a hijacked plane. Now a permanent memorial in Pa. honors them. View

UMTV: Mom’s Grief Inspires Peace Walk

"It's like his spirit is pushing me." Chicago mom who lost son says prayer labyrinth lets people focus on following God, and can end violence. View

Church reaches out after Sikh temple attack

United Methodists in area offer prayers and help as calls for greater dialogue and understanding come from across the nation. Read More

Pastor mourns friend killed in Aurora shooting

Denver-area pastor helps others in Aurora theater tragedy as she comes to grips with loss of someone she knew well. Read More

Aurora community gathers for prayer

United Methodists join others in prayer for victims, survivors of theatre shooting rampage in Colorado. Read More

‘Give Back’ aids United Methodist church

Minneapolis' North United Methodist building gets upgrades, thanks to real estate-sponsored program. Read More

‘Pilgrims’ find calling in Ukraine mission

A friend reflects on the work of a United Methodist missionary and his wife after a tragic accident injures that missionary and kills two others. Read More

Two die in Ukraine roof collapse

United Methodist volunteer, Ukrainian student fatally injured; missionary seriously hurt. Read More

A year after Minot flood: ‘Faith thrives’

Despite losing its building, Faith United Methodist Church continues its ministry through partnerships. Read More

Bishop calls for end to Chicago violence

U.S. gun deaths are on the rise. Jung asks for "violence interrupters" to mediate disputes and for churches to "pray and act to stop the shooting." Read More

Joplin one year later: Moving forward

Tornado victims remembered as Missouri city rebuilds with assistance from United Methodist donations, volunteers. Read More

Did faith drive Titanic musicians?

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck that claimed almost 1,500 lives. Did the Titanic band play till the very end? Read More

Tough times lead us ‘Broken to Peace’

New study series focuses on Christians who faced painful circumstances that threatened their spiritual health and sanity. Read More

United Methodists join mourning for Trayvon

Congregations across the nation honored the slain teen by wearing hoodies to churches Sunday. Read More

The Vow: A real love story of faith

A new movie shows how United Methodists Kim and Krickitt Carpenter faced immense odds yet kept the commitment they made before God. Read More

UMTV: Art by Grieving Children

Center helps kids share feelings. "I wish every community had some way to recognize that they're grieving and to do something about it." View

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

9/11 Pastor Seeks Peace

Myrna Bethke lost a brother on Sept. 11, but the pastor channelled her grief by helping others work toward making the world more peaceful. View

Tornado Losses, Lessons:  Rev. Kelly Clem

The Rev. Kelly Clem lost her child and her church in a 1994 tornado. Now she is comforting others recovering from storms. View

Reflections on the Titanic: Historian Phil Gowan

United Methodist Phil Gowan is a historian with a wealth of knowledge about Methodist ties to the Titanic. View

Ties to the Titanic: Methodists on the Titanic

Among the many intriguing stories of survivors, historian Phil Gowan says a Methodist man married a woman he met on a lifeboat. View

Ties to the Titanic: Methodist Band Members

Historian Phil Gowan says the band leader had Methodist roots, and the last song was probably not "Nearer my God to Thee." View