First UM Missionary from China in Oklahoma
Born an atheist, Rev. Wang is now a full elder and provides services to Chinese-speaking persons, including students, in the region.
Church lacks racial diversity, officials say
U.S. membership is not keeping up with the nation’s changing demographics.
Work with Muslims opens ‘new world’
“Where were voices of moderate Muslims after 9/11?” Sarah Brockus says her friends speak out for freedom. Are we ready to support them?
Do miracles still happen?
“Seas no longer part and manna refuses to rain, but miracles still happen. God speaks through wind and fire, and, on occasion, with flowers.”
U.S. poverty increase is a church concern
The number of people in poverty is the largest in 51 years.
Mission: Add colleges to anti-malaria crusade
Imagine No Malaria College Connection aims to educate and recruit college students in the fight against a killer disease.
Chinese church building Ugandan school
Aeri Lee and Silver Omakenyi share a dream to bring food, education, and a love of music to children orphaned by AIDS.
Young adults answer calling at shelter
“This is a perfect place to come and be a servant,” says one worker at homeless women’s shelter.
Korean clergywomen transcend barriers
Spiritual leaders overcome cultural, gender obstacles to ministry.
Interfaith gathering counters Quran-burning threat
Hundreds of people from various faiths came together on Sept.11 to stand against the growing hatred, bigotry and intolerance around the country.
Africa University looking for lasting support
Research shows many local churches don't know how they are contributing to African United Methodist school.
Road trip with a side of service
Program puts young people on the open road and provides opportunities to help others as well.
University a symbol of what Africa should be
Naomi Tutu says Africa University is training a generation of leaders who will “take the African union to the next level.”
Utah church goes solar
Though the panels will save East Millcreek about $3000 a year, pastor says the project goes beyond money spent vs. money saved.
Young artist’s fish fund Gulf recovery
A 9-year-old, with help from mom, his church, and an army of artists, raised more than $19,000 to help restore water quality after the oil spill.
Deaconess sees with God’s vision
"My eyes were never the problem. My attitude was," says Elaine Parrent. "I used (vision) as an excuse instead of letting myself see what I could do."
Commentary: A reflection on 9/11
We, the living, are called to be ‘wounded healers.’
Churches plan vigils, decry Muslim-bashing
The Council of Bishops calls for 9/11 to be a day of prayer.
Memphis church welcomes new mosque
Despite initial unease, members have embraced their new neighbors: "What would Jesus do if He were us? He would welcome the neighbor."
Bishop Mathews, ardent missionary, dies
Friends say bishop combined Wesley’s ideal of personal and social holiness.
UMTV: Church Embraces Haitians
The earthquake shook lives in Florida and brought two communities closer together. “Almost every single church member has someone in Haiti.”
Millions of nets to cover Sierra Leone
For youngsters like Isata Sesay, help in preventing malaria is desperately needed.
Mission trips enrich man’s retirement
Like many retirees, Morgan Green found church gave him a sense of purpose he needed.
End religious bigotry, faith leaders say
Plans to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero has fueled anti-Muslim attacks. Some United Methodists leaders are “distressed and saddened.”
Communities revive monastic practices
Groups gather in the figurative desert of urban areas where the marginalized live rather than the literal desert of the early monasteries.
Churches combine to reflect community diversity
Two Maryland churches, one mainly white and the other mainly black, merge to become “a model for the future."
Shane Claiborne: Fusing Faith and Practice
“In our fervor for evangelism, we've created a Christianity a mile long and an inch deep” says this “ordinary radical.”
African women find God at prayer tree
Thousands make pilgrimage to sacred site on hillside.
At 75, Upper Room enriches spiritual walk
Launched during Great Depression, devotional booklet today gives hope to millions in more than 100 countries.
105-year-old leads hospitality ministry
Jean Christy heeds God’s call to ministry, volunteering to serve at 104.
Hispanic caucus focuses on youth, outreach
Hispanic/Latino youth brought energy and challenge to the MARCHA meeting in Puerto Rico.
If aging is a journey, where’s the U-turn?
There’s no way to escape the reality of physical limitations as we age. But brochures for care facilities only show happy, active seniors.
Floods threaten ‘core of Pakistan’
United Methodist worker says the crisis extends beyond homes and crops to schools and heath care centers.
New York bishop supports Islamic center
Jeremiah Park says denying religious freedom “makes us less as Americans.”
More teens becoming ‘almost’ Christian
Study shows 3 of 4 U.S. teens claim to be Christian, but few practice their faith, deem it important, or talk coherently about beliefs. Parents and pastors could be to blame.
Diverse church lifts up New Orleans
Joyful worship and lots of new faces follow merger of historically black and white congregations.
Letter alleges racism in Obama attacks
More than 90 Christian leaders ask United Methodists to speak out against racially motivated “assaults.”
Mississippi churches thank Katrina workers
Church member testifies those who responded "were the rod and staff of God."
Baptismal waters bless post-Katrina church
Worshippers give thanks to God and the United Methodist connection on fifth anniversary of flooding.
Zoning battles endanger religious freedom
Denying property rights to faith groups can represent an “invidious attack” on religious liberty.
The road back from Hurricane Katrina
Amazing stories of faith keep hope alive in UMNS writer’s birthplace.
What to pack for college? Try faith
Once they leave home, how do students find a new spiritual community?
‘Angels’ mending lives on Gulf Coast
Hundreds of thousands of United Methodist volunteers have helped rebuild homes and lives after Hurricane Katrina.
African churches desire equal voice
Study committee will explore ways to promote the faith in different cultures.
Keys to building vital congregations
Topical preaching, varied worship styles, effective lay leadership are characteristics of growing churches.
Down economy changes clergy careers
There’s either a pastor glut or shortage, depending on where you live. Church staffs are being cut, and many pastors are waiting longer to retire.
Lazarus Project helps military families
At Austin Peay, 1 in 6 students are connected to the military. The Wesley Foundation provides support for those dealing with deployment.
Louisiana churches hail Katrina response
Five years after the hurricane, Bishop Hutchinson reflects, “We lost church buildings and congregations, but we gained the church.”
Luke’s House offers healing and prayers
Katrina-inspired ministry is “a blessing to the whole community.”
UMTV: Clinic Heals After Katrina
New Orleanians lost homes and hospitals after the hurricane. Now churches and volunteers offer health care for residents.
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