Exploring black history transcends race
Gil Caldwell wonders: If we don’t study our past failings, how can we celebrate the progress we have made?
A friend in mission is a friend indeed
Changing the world requires people to offer their contributions and their companionship, Women’s Division executive writes.
Bishops react to homosexuality statement
Some urge prayer and dialogue. Others express disappointment. Still others support a call to lift ban on gay clergy.
Church court clarifies voting eligibility
New groups of clergy are eligible elect delegates to The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body.
McCord interns want to give back to church
Students serve as ambassadors for the United Methodist Black College Fund, which supports their schools.
Marriage counseling aids happily ever after
On Valentine’s Day, we idealize love. But experts say relationships are living things and evolve. “Therapy at different points is crucial.”
United Methodists offer job seekers hope
United Methodist congregations provide services for the unemployed ranging from networking opportunities to auto repairs.
U.S. Rural Church Realities
More than 60% of United Methodist congregations in the U.S. are rural. A survey shows rural church members feel misunderstood.
United Methodists cheer Southern Sudan vote
Many churches in the United States already have a relationship with the world’s newest nation.
Lesbian elder faces church trial
The Rev. Amy DeLong in Wisconsin has been with her partner for nearly 16 years and performed a union for a lesbian couple.
Love, mission will keep rural church together
Rural congregations called to embrace evangelism and change in effort "to provide sacraments in every place."
Places of the heart: Rural church at crossroads
Many fear the rural church is being left behind at its moment of greatest need.
Saving Bowbells: Churches keep hope alive
Congregations stand with their communities in a struggle for survival and revival.
Rural Riches: Scenes from a Dakota Parish
A pastor and congregants share concerns. “A lot of hope would be gone if the local church was gone.”
Black clergy address unique concerns
At convocation, pastors discussed the times when, like Elijah, they felt like hiding in a cave.
Church court takes up membership, marriage
The Judicial Council again faces a request to reverse a ruling allowing a pastor to bar a gay man from joining his congregation.
United Methodist students evacuate Cairo
Facing increasing violence and unrest, United Methodists studying in Egypt have fled the country and returned home.
Good, glean fun helps hungry
Volunteers from Gold Canyon UMC pick about 48 tons of excess fruit every season for local agencies and food banks.
University Senate okays online education
Seminarians seeking ordination may now complete up to two-thirds of their classes online at an approved school.
Rasmus’ Church Growth Tips
Pastor Rudy’s challenge: make the most of 52 Sundays a year. His church grew from 9 members to 9,000. The secret: “Don’t bore ‘em!”
Church begins ‘radical experiment’
Members are encouraged to commit to daily prayer, study, worship, tithing and service for a year to deepen their relationship with God.
33 retired bishops urge end to gay clergy ban
The denomination’s current policy is costing the church both members and leaders, the group says.
United Methodists caught in Egypt protests
New Jersey group felt God’s presence during harrowing hours in Cairo. “We prayed for the Egyptian people,” said the Rev. Vicki Miller Brendler.
Students offer hugs at Westboro protest
Rather than fight a “hate” group with more hate, United Methodists at American University protested with poetry and hot chocolate.
Every heart inclined to both good, evil
Evil is often not as dramatic as the Tucson shootings, and we all have the capacity to choose it.
Stopping church sexual abuse takes training
United Methodists can do better than what the law requires in preventing and reporting predatory behavior, church leaders say.
Pastor helps neighborhood heal
Rev. Annalee Allen has worked to reopen a dying church in a dangerous area, teaching members to serve the community they once feared.
Church urged to keep focus on poverty
An international aid specialist encourages United Methodists to strengthen the church’s ministry with the poor.
Man begins mission work at age 90
Rather than relax, Kenneth Kruger volunteered to work in Chile, Belize and Costa Rica. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to do something.”
British Methodists transcribe Bible by hand
Five-month initiative aims to help people encounter the Bible’s stories, poetry and teachings in a new way.
King James Bible changed language
No other book seems to have influenced the English language more. Phrases like “the blind leading the blind” are now part of daily speech.
Sexual misconduct tests denomination
The United Methodist Church still has work to do in helping victim-survivors, an agency leader says.
Higher Education announces top exec nominee
The Rev. Dr. Kim Cape has been nominated as head of the agency. At the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, she helped recruit and train pastors.
Malaria Ravages Congo Poor
George Clooney’s malaria made news but in Africa, the disease is ever-present. The UMC offers aid but it came too late for one woman’s family.
Global Fund reviews cases of grant misuse
The cases don’t involve money pledged by The United Methodist Church to fight malaria in Africa, church leaders say.
Church responds to immigration arrests
For members of the Ellensburg, Wash., congregation, immigration is not just a hot-button issue. “It’s a humanitarian issue.”
Churches cut utility costs, care for earth
Congregations invest in the future with building updates. “People have been taking more pride in our building, and they want to do more.”
Conference gives $500,000 to fight malaria
Baltimore-Washington members funded a Zimbabwe dorm, and pledged $2 million for Imagine No Malaria. “We are called to transform the world.”
Tucson events can be a 'watershed moment'
After the shootings, politicians everywhere are calling for an end to incivility in politics. We must learn to disagree in healthy ways.
GOP dominates church’s congressional group
Republicans outnumber Democrats two to one among United Methodists in 112th Congress.
Bishop Edwards, mission leader, dies
Edwards oversaw the North Carolina Conference and led the effort to establish a seminary in Russia. He was 71.
Church leaders applaud Cuba travel changes
Obama Administration says it will loosen restrictions for religious groups.
More than rubble: Haiti displays touch hearts
Containers made the devastation concrete. "It's really remarkable, the amount of debris still there, and people are living in the midst of it."
Women’s Spirituality Club
Members focus on one self-improvement goal each year. From different faiths, they take on topics like prayer and the Sabbath.
Webcast helps pastor build online church
Maryland ministry reaches out to busy seekers with five-minute sermons.
New pastors halfway through first year
Not long ago, they were focusing on midterm exams. Six months into their ministry, young clergy face another midterm exam of sorts.
Church leaders support immigrants at border
The weekend after Epiphany, United Methodists traveled to the desert to witness in solidarity with those refused entrance into the U.S.
Memories of Haiti bring hope for future
Julie Fleurinor left Haiti when she was 6, and while her life has improved in the past 20 years, she sees little improvement in her native country.
Court to hear delegate election issue
In a Feb. 12 session, The United Methodist Church’s “supreme court” will consider how clergy delegates are elected to General Conference.
Small-church missions fuel African growth
Evangelists follow example of early Methodists in taking faith from village to village.
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