Hispanics share dreams for church
MARCHA leaders begin visioning process to develop a plan for moving Hispanic/Latino ministry forward in The United Methodist Church.
United Methodists remember and look ahead
They came from across the country with individual memories and common yearning to assess the dreams of the 1963 march.
50th anniversary evokes many memories
United Methodists recall the events of the 1963 March on Washington and reflect on where we stand today.
Camp opens doors for seriously ill kids
With archery, crafts, swimming and more, Oklahoma camp lets children with life-threatening and chronic disease have fun, share coping skills.
Church thrives by blending cultures
Congregation has Fijian, African-American, European-American, Japanese-American members. “We don’t expect everyone to be the same.”
March on Washington: 1963-2013
Celebrate historic U.S. march for justice. Find out about anniversary events, read commentaries from United Methodists there 50 years ago.
Conference withdraws clergy age guidelines
Texas Conference considered encouraging those older than 45 not to seek ordination but dropped proposal after clergy reaction.
Methodist History: Bishop Fought Slavery
Fifty years after MLK’s "I have a dream" speech, discover a 19th-century bishop who tried to end slavery and allow interracial marriage.
Life will go on for college parents
Just like their children, some parents handle the ‘letting go’ of college better than others.
What every college freshman should know
Faculty and students from United Methodist-related schools share advice on how to make the journey from home to college easier.
Corny fundraiser aids church missions
Rolling Plains UMC sells 9,000 ears of corn during state fair and proceeds help projects in Haiti, Guatemala. “God works in funny ways.”
Clergy couple’s advice on new appointments
Husband and wife pastors share ideas that helped them navigate new appointments — with a new baby. ‘Do not be afraid to ask for help.’
Chuck Knows Church: The Bible
It’s a collection of 66 books and is considered a sacred text for both Christians and Jews. Can Chuck explain it in 4 minutes?
Mentoring vital to keeping ministry alive
When done right, mentorship can help young clergy through challenging times. Does The United Methodist Church “do it right?”
Can technology defeat deadly disease?
Technology is changing the game in Africa, especially in the fight against malaria, Larry Hollon says in a TED Weekends blog.
Elvis Presley’s Methodist moment
Each August, fans mark the singer’s 1977 death. Here’s a history lesson on some ways a church agency was linked to the star’s record label.
Young adults go forth in mission
In a joyous service, the Board of Global Ministries commissions 29 to serve in U.S. and around the world. See photos, read coverage.
Dream led to orphanage in South Sudan
Seeing Sudanese youth left homeless by civil war and violence, Libby Dearing helped create a place children could “be safe and grow.”
Creating sacred space at school
Sophia Agtarap says moving into a new dorm or apartment is easier if we can foster a sense of belonging and make room for God.
The ABCs of back-to-school outreach
Whether your congregation is large or small, you can learn creative ways to reach out to students and families in a new academic year.
Churches’ math and literacy camps a hit
Jump Start program’s fun approach helps keep children's skills sharp. "If the kids leave and say, 'math is fun," that's all we want."
Power of prayer fills her life
After a near-death experience, Roela Rivera has “really tried to fill my covenant with God to use my new life to fulfill his plan.”
Baltimore-Washington partners with Zimbabwe
Focus on Pastors’ School and building a new sanctuary unites conference and Zimbabwe Episcopal Area partners in shared goals.
Then and now: Marching on Washington
Edith Lee-Payne, photographed on her 12th birthday at the walk, will return so granddaughters know “their presence can make a difference.”
Tackling hunger ‘hands-on’ at annual conference
This year, 10 United Methodist conferences packed 680,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now during annual conference sessions.
Church on Congo violence: ‘9/11 every day’
Board of Church and Society leaders meet with bishop and government minister in DRC to support ‘just peace’ In face of ongoing violence.
Wesley professor joins U.S. State Department
Shaun Casey’s main task will be to reach out to religious groups around the world.
Despite declines, signs of vitality in 2012
Leaders of conferences that saw growth last year offer advice to the majority that saw dips in membership and attendance.
Marking 50 years since March on Washington
Starting Aug. 24, events will commemorate 50th anniversary of historic march to continue the battle for jobs, justice and freedom.
Conference budgets show modest growth
More United Methodist conferences are seeing a modest budget increase for 2014 than are cutting their budget or staying flat.
Pastors share advice at Africa University
Presentation at pastors’ school addresses itinerancy system and the “mixed emotions” experienced by both outgoing and incoming clergy.
Regional conferences take on social issues
United Methodists tackled hot-button topics like homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform.
UMTV: Young Clergywoman’s Call
Working in a church soup kitchen at a young age inspired her to “feed people who hunger” and now Tiffany Thomas is a pastor and a mentor.
Conferences set cash record in malaria fight
Creative fundraising activities like “Skeeter Runs” and campouts under mosquito nets raise $1.27 million for Imagine No Malaria.
Perfect Sunday School attendance blesses
When Eddie Wade Workman vowed to go to church, he meant it. He sings in the choir, rings the bell and hasn’t missed Sunday School in 48 years.
Haiti captured her heart
Youth director’s work with Haiti Response Plan changed her life. “I lived in constant heartache for them. Yet, they are a people of great faith.”
How to make a school bag for those in need
Are you a seamstress? UMCOR has instructions for school bags, sweaters, layette kits to help kids who lack essential supplies.
Find your unique spiritual gifts
Passion for recycling? Love to teach? Through assessments and classes, churches can help members find where they are best suited to serve.
Congo woman shares story of forgiveness
During West Congo Annual Conference seminar on violence, widow challenges African United Methodists to forgive even when it is difficult.
UMTV: Care for Caregiving Youth
2012 CNN Hero creates non-profit to help 1.4 million U.S. children caring for family members. “They sacrifice their childhood.”
United Methodist pastor is 2013 CNN Hero
After experiences with gang-related violence, Lisa Fitzpatrick co-founded a youth center in New Orleans to help shape and build lives.
Detroit homeless ministry looks to future
Despite fear and stress, homeless ministry leaders hope city’s financial woes will “shine a light on some of these hurting areas.”
United Methodists ready kids for school
Special back-to-class events offer resources and fun for families, along with a chance to see the church in action.
UMTV: Seminarian Supports Military Kids
“Kids serve too. Small programs can make a huge difference.” Learn how United Methodist Lazy F Camp focuses on the children of the deployed.
Immigration Table meets with Congress
“Widest spectrum of evangelical leaders we have ever seen” gathers at U.S. capitol to support comprehensive immigration reform.
Renaissance theme helps draw 400 to VBS
Knights in armor, princesses in gowns and a medieval castle help kids learn to “stay strong” for God at South Dakota vacation bible school.
John Wesley’s sermons online
On July 25, 1741, Wesley spoke about the “almost Christian.” See those words and more in unique catalog of 141 sermons.
New leader named at Church and Society
Susan Henry-Crowe of Emory University will succeed James E. Winkler as chief executive of Church and Society agency.
UMTV: Church in a Diner
Michigan congregation goes outside four walls and into a diner to reach those who might not go to church on Sunday or in a traditional setting.
Coffeehouse ministry fills cups and souls
Fresh coffee and comfortable seats help make interfaith ministry a “nontraditional — and non-intimidating — introduction to church.”
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