‘Moments of deep grace’ after church fire
"People from all denominations have rallied to our cause" with prayer and encouragement after church fires. Part 3 of a Special Report.
Cupid in The United Methodist Church
Couples share how United Methodist ministries brought them together and the difference the church has made in their marriage.
Desktop Meditation: “A Lenten Journey”
“Mini retreat” offers a personal chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown.”
Pastors debate value of Lenten sacrifices
Which is better: To give something up for Lent or to do something new for Lent?
‘Walk-in weddings’ for Valentine’s Day
Pastors of an Ohio chapel offer an option to “justice of the peace” services for couples who want to wed on popular holiday.
Bishop’s letter about Pope’s resignation
Ash Wednesday at the YMCA
Pastor celebrates the beginning of Lent at local YMCA: “Lent is a time to get healthy both spiritually and physically.”
Arsonists torch four neighboring churches
United Methodists in Western North Carolina seek answers to recent blazes in Part 2 of Special Report on church fires.
Church fires challenge United Methodists
Part 1: Whether caused by lightning strike or arsonist’s torch, blazes force congregations to face the unknown, accept help from others.
Churches buy Fair Trade items to ‘act justly’
United Methodists purchase coffee, candles and palms for Palm Sunday from companies that support fair wages.
UMTV: Bowling Church
When an Ohio congregation tried worship outside the walls, attendance doubled, then tripled. “We had lines waiting to get into the building.”
Teen sells M﹠Ms for Imagine No Malaria
Steven Errico’s business model is one of mission: “Giving helps us understand that what we have isn’t ours. It belongs to God.”
Remembering Harlem church, community leader
Feb. 23 memorial service for retired N.Y. pastor who helped abolish “Central Jurisdiction,” mentored future bishops, church leaders.
Church, Locks of Love help 10-year-old
The smile says it all. Tatum Brewer, who lives with alopecia, received new look with support from her church. “I could braid my hair!”
Men’s leader affirms Scout decision delay
After more review, Boy Scouts of America says it will consider in May the issue of whether to end its ban on gay members and leaders.
New devotional studies for Lent
From meditations on Jesus’ miracles to giving up something “bad,” five books offer ways to experience the season from a different perspective.
Church’s ministry means ‘deaf will hear’
Service includes sign language interpreter because “the word of God should be accessible in any language.”
Church responds to Mozambique flood
Heavy rains washed away homes, crops and livestock, affecting 140,000. Several church entities are rushing aid.
UMTV: Worship and Workout
Pastor at gym stresses faith, fitness all week. “I look at the Y like the woman at the well. People come here. I provide that spiritual connect.”
Church takes fresh look at Christian unity
New Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships begins with meeting to “strengthen and enhance” efforts toward unity.
Churches host football party for homeless
On Super Bowl Sunday, some congregations are making the big event have big meaning for others. ‘We want people to feel cared about.’
Men’s leader elaborates on scouting changes
United Methodist Men faced criticism after supporting a proposal to allow local groups to choose whether to have gay leaders and members.
Haitian women reclaim livelihood after quake
Homeless and jobless after 2010 disaster, Constant Pharly is empowered by program: ‘Now I know how to manage my business.’
Churches should tell stories, not beg
Instead of painting a ‘gloom and doom’ picture, expert says show the value of church’s ministry: ‘I gave my money, and something was done.’
Daring giving plan a success
One pastor’s bold idea to give parishioners money and ask them to ‘go forth and multiply’ pays off big for small Florida church.
Church immigration network changing
In what promises to be a watershed year in immigration reform, the United Methodist immigrant justice network refocuses on a national scale.
Carcaño guest at Obama immigration speech
United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño joined other faith leaders in affirming the President’s call for immigration reform.
2 agencies agree with change in Boy Scout ban
Possibility of ending ban on gay scouts and leaders more consistent with church law, say United Methodist Men and Church and Society.
Children and Prayer: Fostering a lifetime habit
Prayer can benefit the very young and be an anchor in ‘life’s storms.’ Read ways to teach them about this calming ‘experience with God.’
$6.1 million raised for Sandy relief
Read about the latest on recovery efforts by the United Methodist Church — and why aid is still vital. Find out how you can help.
Denomination urged to trust, share leadership
Nearly 1,000 United Methodists attend leadership-training event focused on finding common language and instilling trust for next four years.
Pastor shares MLK’s words in Newtown
James Forbes told grieving residents that U.S. should be more concerned about Second Commandment than 2nd Amendment.
Still there, Connectional Table starts anew
Church body regroups with new members to set priorities, but emotions surrounding previous effort to restructure operations evident.
United Methodist hired at National Cathedral
Gina Campbell is first United Methodist to serve as worship director at U.S. ‘National House of Prayer,’ site of Inaugural prayer service.
Adam Hamilton preaches at Inaugural Service
Pastor asks the president to lead us to be a ‘compassionate people, to be concerned for the marginalized’ as we look to America’s future.
Chuck Knows Church: The Sacristy
It’s probably the most unknown room in the church. . .and it also has a secret name!
After 50 years, MLK dream nearer to reality
In his annual letter, Bishop White recalls 1963 when King ‘took that mass of humanity to … Church!’ in the March on Washington.
King opposed war, not those who served
King ‘foot soldier’ emphasizes that acts of concern and care for those who defend the nation are ‘essential for any of us who claim to be antiwar.’
Honoring veterans is tribute to King’s legacy
When protesting war or Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights leader engaged the policymakers, not those simply following orders.
Human Relations Day: Join in seeking justice
Little Rock pastor reminds that Human Relations Days offers opportunity to work with others ‘to heal the wounds of social inequality.’
Human Relations Day gifts aid recovery
Easter tragedy leads to lifesaving outreach to addicts in Arkansas. “This is not just a job,” says executive director. ‘It’s a ministry.’
Adam Hamilton to preach at Inaugural Service
Faith coalition backs Obama gun plan
United Methodists join faith leaders representing more than 80 million Americans in urging immediate action to respond to crisis.
UMTV: Vets Helping Vets
Campus ministry near Army base supports soldiers and encourages veterans to reach out to other vets. “I have things to offer still.”
Embrace military families and give thanks
Retired Navy chaplain reflects on 30 years of active service and shares ways for United Methodist churches to reach out.
Are churches in competition?
The Rev. Teddy Ray maintains we should see other churches as allies in the fight against evil, and evidence of God’s abundance.
Swift reaction to bishop’s gay marriage stand
Chicago Area bishop’s support of Illinois marriage legislation brings comments from all perspectives in the same-sex civil union debate.
Alabama church seeks healing after shooting
Days after their pastor accused of shooting and killing his wife, worshippers at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon sought comfort and answers.
Newtown pastor reflects on tragedy
A month later, Mel Kawakami describes outpouring of love “in our moment of need,” and asks us to honor children in our lives as an act of healing.
Book applies prayer to world problems
United Methodist pastor’s book moves mission of international effort to relieve human suffering to daily deeds.
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