Book presents Charles Wesley letters
Happy 306th birthday to John’s brother, credited for writing 6,000 hymns. Scholars took 10 years to create collection of his correspondences.
2013: A year in United Methodist milestones
A look back at key moments in the life of the people of The United Methodist Church in the past 12 months.
Pastor will not give up clergy credentials
Rev. Frank Schaefer, suspended for performing a same-sex wedding, says he will “not voluntarily” surrender his ordination credentials.
2013: Year of United Methodist growth
General Council on Finance and Administration reports worldwide membership reached record high of 12.5 million.
Same-sex clergy couple marries in Seattle
Two United Methodist pastors are married in wedding Dec. 7 that drew more than 300 people to Seattle church.
ABC-TV features choir on Christmas Eve
Members of Saint Mark United Methodist Church will be heard on Dec. 24 special. “They’ll see Jesus in us, and that’s gonna touch lives.”
Year of trial, grace for Newtown
What a teenager taught me about Advent
“I could feel his shoulders shaking as he cried.” Sarah Thebarge reminds us Immanuel means “God with us,” and we can be Jesus to others.
Responding to Violence
A year after tragedy in Newtown, Conn., find resources for coping with violence and how to make a positive difference in difficult times.
Prejean, Talbert honored for activism
The death penalty is our most flagrant example of racism, said “Dead Man Walking” author. She and bishop won awards for social justice work.
Bishop rules gay clergy candidate can stay
San Antonia Area leader reversed the removal of a lesbian clergy candidate, Mary Ann Barclay, from the ordination track.
UMTV: Church Erases AIDS Stigma
December is AIDS Awareness Month. For 20 years, congregation has been “embracing everyone despite nationality or health issues.”
Methodist leader speaks at Mandela service
“His mantle has fallen and it is in our hands,” said the Rev. Ivan Abrahams, now the top executive of the World Methodist Council.
Methodists, leaders pay tribute to Mandela
Revered South African inspired many. “This world is indeed a better place because God shared Mandela with us.”
Remember Newtown on Dec. 14
Bulletin insert provides resource for holding a worship observance of the anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy that occurred Dec. 14, 2012.
Remembering Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013
The World Methodist Council called him a “symbol of freedom, justice and peace.” Learn about the late leader’s church ties.
Giving Tuesday is record-breaking day
General Board of Global Ministries announces that first-ever UMC #GivingTuesday generated a record $6.5 million online on December 3.
With Global Fund, church fights malaria
With the church nearing its fundraising goal, denomination commits to fulfilling $28 million pledge to fight malaria.
Reclaim Christmas: 10 ways to simplify
If the holiday season leaves you feeling a little stressed, check out great ways to put the emphasis on presence, not presents.
Finding the true meaning of Christmas
Have the holidays become too complicated? Try these ideas for slowing down, simplifying and focusing on others instead of expectations.
Advent Meditation: O come, Emmanuel
The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail.
Church explores online Communion
Share a photo a day for Advent
Enter this season of Advent with intention and awareness by sharing with the community how you perceive each word or phrase for the day.
2013 Advent home worship resources
Find ways to celebrate the season at home including a special service for families, prayer chain, Advent wreath and more.
Bishop remembered as wise, compassionate leader
Wayne K. Clymer began ministry in Evangelical United Brethren Church, elected UMC bishop four years after denomination began.
Christmas card donations feed hungry
Honor your loved ones and help others. Proceeds from alternative cards help Society of St. Andrews provide fresh food for families in U.S.
VIDEO: Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day
Rev. Kandace Brooks shares her deep thanks for her congregation’s support of her husband Neil during the last days of his battle with HIV/AIDS.
Schaefer does not blame others for trial
Pastor does not fault those who charged him for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage. “At one point I also had a different opinion.”
Making church more welcoming at Christmas
The holidays are a great time to connect with new people and market your church. Find ways to reach your community this season.
Nov. 24 is United Methodist Student Day
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Ongoing coverage of Philippines response
After the devastation of Haiyan, the church is responding with relief and support. Read the latest news, find resources, donate.
United Methodists receive freedom medal
Former senators Lugar and Inouye honored by Obama for their public service as examples of those who have “strengthened our nation.”
Pastor penalized for same-sex wedding
The Rev. Frank Schaefer receives a 30-day suspension and told if he can’t uphold the Book of Discipline he must surrender his credentials.
UMCOR delivers food to typhoon survivors
Residents of Tacloban, Philippines are “overwhelmed” as staff and volunteers bring staples like rice and beans.
UMCOR responds to midwest tornados
The UMCOR is working with affected conferences to assist with immediate relief needs after tornadoes left widespread damage on Sunday, November 17.
Young adults aid Philippines survivors
Bearing relief supplies and hope, seven United Methodist young adults traveled 255 kilometers to reach Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Leyte.
U.S. Filipinos support typhoon survivors
"This is a blessed opportunity for those of us out of harm’s way to be an answer to the Filipino’s prayer.”
Bishops visit Cherokee as part of repentance
“Immersion experience” for Council of Bishops begins at Trail of Tears. Churches can “choose to be a catalyst of healing and reconciliation.”
Reaction to call to end church trials
Polity expert’s call to halt church trials related to denomination’s stance on homosexuality gets reactions online, within Council of Bishops.
Bishops celebrate milestone in malaria fight
Bishop Thomas Bickerton told the council that the Imagine No Malaria campaign is nearing $60 million goal to eradicate the disease in Africa.
Video: Filipino Bishops’ Message After Typhoon
“When one part of the world suffers, other members will help.” Bishops Torio, Francisco, and Juan were far from home when disaster struck.
2016 General Conference delegate count
The secretary of the General Conference, Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist, released today a list of numbers of delegates by annual conferences.
Missing Filipino pastor makes contact
Church members have not been able to locate one of the two pastors in Tacloban, Philippines, which was virtually destroyed by typhoon.
UMCOR relief money on way to Philippines
Learn how United Methodists are providing supplies and assessing damages after Super Typhoon Haiyan flattened part of the Philippines.
Malaria fight moves to South Sudan
“After the break-in, members were already talking about forgiving and how God could bring something good out of this,” says the pastor.
Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’
Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they ‘depend on one another to be faithful to God’s mission.’
Spiritual resources for veterans and families
Find sources of strength from The United Methodist Church to use throughout the year.
More than 50 pastors bless same-sex union
Flouting church law, faith leaders participate in the marriage of two Philadelphia men in a United Methodist church.
Global AIDS initiative focuses on newborns
Find out how your church can help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS by donating, educating and advocating.
Want to follow in Wesleys’ footsteps?
Pilgrimage to England offers chance to learn more about leadership and explore places where the Wesley brothers lived and served.
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