Rapper wins $40K for UM children’s home
Lil Jon’s success on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ will benefit Atlanta’s United Methodist Children’s Home.
Login or log out of Facebook for Lent?
Users spend more than 700 billion minutes a month on the site. What if we used that time to connect in person or do something kind for someone?
Post on hell lands pastor in hot water
Chad Holtz lost his pulpit after he lost his belief in hell. But that is not the whole story.
Clergywomen struggle despite open doors
Many local churches still resist ethnic minority pastors, particularly women, says the Rev. Constance Y. Pak.
New rule for schools: More clergy, more funds
The higher education board has changed the formula for distributing funds to United Methodist seminaries.
Giving to those who give relief
Your offering for One Great Hour of Sharing ensures UMCOR has staff and supplies to respond efficiently in times of disaster and beyond.
Small groups are in our DNA
John Wesley understood Christianity as a social religion. Participating in a small group provides community, accountability and spiritual growth.
Church can teach society about sexual ethics
Vital congregations offer space to discuss this “most social, personal and political aspect of our human existence,” says church executive.
Student letters oppose executing mentally ill
A group of Vanderbilt Divinity students wrote letters to their congressmen supporting bills that would exclude the mentally ill from execution.
Church offers hope after domestic abuse
From providing shelter to raising awareness, ministries help survivors rebuild their lives.“ Domestic violence can happen to anyone.”
Missionaries have complex history in Japan
Through war, turmoil and prosperity, Methodists have offered a Christian witness to the Japanese people for 135 years.
Windsor Village builds a new social landscape
With a commitment to community building and strengthening families and faith, the growth of this United Methodist ‘kingdom’ seems limitless.
Economist calls for justice in work force
“Are we actually living a faith that talks about opportunities for the poor and vulnerable?” asks Julianne Malveaux of Bennett College for Women.
Closing churches is tough for everyone
The decision to close a church isn’t easy. But members of churches that closed can find comfort when their legacy lives on.
Church mergers take time, energy, work
Mergers are one way churches often address declining membership, but they also can help create rebirth and begin new, vital mission work.
Missionaries in Japan cope with quake’s toll
As tremors continue and the nuclear threat deepens, United Methodist missionaries offer comfort and prayer.
United Methodists respond to Japan quake
UPDATE: Monitoring the situation through missionaries and partners, church agencies call for prayer in wake of massive quake and tsunami.
Got ashes? Church takes Lent to the streets
Teams offered to mark persons with a cross of ashes, hoping to offer them a connection to God. "Perhaps, by God’s grace, a tiny seed was planted."
Hospice chaplain keeps people, pets together
As people end their life’s journey, she says pets “are the ultimate source of unconditional love and faithfulness.”
Women offer tools to combat strife
Ecumenical Women developed resources for peace building in response to violence against the most vulnerable in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire.
Study tallies churches’ worth to community
Researcher tallied the economic "halo effect" of 12 congregations by giving values to services like counseling, weddings and job help.
‘Worship ＆ Song’ blends old, new tunes
The collection contains music that is “currently shaping the future of congregational song,” says a church music executive.
Lent gets 21st-century makeover
Initiatives urging abstinence from alcohol and reduction of carbon usage are reinventing Lenten fasting by linking it to wider social causes.
What’s the meaning of ashes on the forehead?
Ash Wednesday emphasizes our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The use of ashes is a sign of both mortality and repentance.
Faith leaders look at budget’s ‘moral’ impact
In a March 1 letter to Congress, United Methodists and others urged that the U.S. federal budget not cut aid to the poor.
New group studies aid Lenten devotions
These Bible study and devotional selections will help make the 40 days of Lent more meaningful.
Rapper plays for children’s home on NBC show
If picked, Lil Jon will donate the winnings to the UM children’s home in Georgia. ”Every kid deserves a good home and the best opportunities.”
Smartphone, apps revolutionize ministry
One pastor increased communication with his staff and members by 50% using a smartphone. “There’s a whole generation that prefers to text me.”
College athletes connect with churches
Through a Black College Fund initiative, students from United Methodist-related schools win fans and put a face on church giving.
Mission giving tops $79 million
Almost $45 million went to Haiti and Pakistan relief. "The generosity of United Methodists has powerful and specific impacts around the world."
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.
Preachers’ kids find support at retreat
The event dealt with the unique challenges faced by PKs. “You are put in a fishbowl. Everybody stares at you and puts you on a high pedestal.”
Homosexuality debate heats up
United Methodist-related caucuses have weighed in on the subject. The issue especially hits home for some church members.
UMCOR, donors work to rebuild Sudan
Efforts will construct schools and provide for water and sanitation. Some projects offer opportunities to earn income and improve farming methods.
Imagine No Malaria gifts top $15 million
Since April 2010, congregations and conferences have cast a wide net to support this lifesaving initiative.
Young adults talk church relevance
Relevance X 2011 asked young Christians to see serving others an extension of their faith and a way God works outside church walls.
Retiree’s sculptures inspire congregation
He hopes his art has meaning for others and wants them to be able to touch it. “I’d like to come back in 10 years and see them worn out.”
Women share their stories at UN event
The United Methodist Women’s delegation brought attention to the need for greater access to education for women and girls.
Church membership tops 12 million
While U.S. membership has continued to shrink, the denomination is experiencing rapid growth globally, especially in Africa and the Philippines.
‘PhatPastor ’ gains hope after losing big
Too many potlucks had taken a heavy toll. After losing 200 pounds, Richter feels free. “I’ve been captive. I know what it feels like.”
Despite tough times, church giving rises
Fifteen annual (regional) conferences gave 100 percent of the money asked of them to support ministries around the world.
Online worship attracts seekers
How do you reach those not likely to go to church? One church’s online ‘campus’ has virtual sermons, chats and prayer. "We come to them.”
Black History Month urges welcome for all
Raised during segregation, the Rev. Hilly Hicks says even as an adult he worried if he would be welcome in all-white congregations.
Young pastor juggles many responsibilities
With a love of Wesley and a maturity beyond his 25 years, the Rev. William Brewer serves as spiritual leader for two Ohio churches.
Young leaders begin new Talbert class
Nine people, ranging in age from 19 to 36, are the first fellows in a program based on Bishop Melvin Talbert’s leadership values.
Civil rights icon Lowery launches book
The preacher, and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, shares a lifetime of sermons and speeches.
Supercomputer’s win not trivial to Christians
Watson’s triumph in “Jeopardy!” gives some theologians food for thought. Are humans destined to become obsolete?
FAQ: Why red doors on churches?
For centuries the color has been associated with Protestantism. Many believe the doors Luther posted his Theses on were red.
Camping out at church for fun
One pastor is helping worshipers fight the winter blues with some unusual services. “I wanted to find out if it is OK to laugh in church.”
Church responds to Côte d’Ivoire crisis
Since the contested election last year, United Methodist leaders have called for peace, provided aid and invited people to be in dialogue.
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