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.
Breast cancer at 30: Faith lessons
Courtney Hubbard believes her battle with cancer has made her stronger. "I looked to God more and depended on Him."
Deacon plans Abolitionist Hymnal
Carl Thomas Gladstone updates slavery-era folk songs to raise awareness of modern-day human trafficking.
Church celebrations, service honor King
United Methodists remember the civil rights leader’s birthday by taking “a day on, not a day off.”
Bishop’s letter to King finds surge in racism
Bishop White writes that even as America becomes more ethnically diverse, “old ways die hard.”
Human Relations Day: Redemption Churches
Human Relations Day is January 16. Donations support a program to help prisoners and families restore relationships.
Haiti marks slow but measurable progress
With 1 million people still homeless from the earthquake, the Caribbean nation faces daunting challenges.
Haiti walks tightrope with recovery
The widespread devastation caused by the earthquake has created a disaster without parallel for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Haitians find hope, show faith through disaster
Many of those helped by United Methodists are passing on that assistance to their fellow Haitians.
Tucson services call all to be ‘agents of hope’
Obama and Bishop Carcaño spoke in Arizona. “While we have been stunned into numbness, I have seen hope through the children.”
Camp offers shelter for displaced Haitians
United Methodist Committee on Relief provides school for about 900 youngsters at Camp Corail.
Love draws mission team back to Haiti
Each year, United Methodists from New York make the arduous journey to build relationships and bring healing to Furcy.
Volunteers build relationships in Haiti
A year after the quake, United Methodists are working with Haitians to restore churches and schools.
Quake survivor focuses on Haiti recovery
The Rev. Jim Gulley was trapped for 3 days under the Hotel Montana. The tragedy served to strengthen his resolve to change lives in Haiti.
After shootings, Arizona churches pray
Tucson pastors hope to give those affected by the Jan. 8 rampage “a time to heal.”
Haiti: Shaken but not broken one year later
Since the quake, United Methodists arrive daily to prop up the spiritually wounded and help the Methodist Church of Haiti comfort thousands.
Church combats human trafficking
January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Globally, 12.3 million people--17,000 in the U.S.--are forced into labor and prostitution.
Interactive slideshow on trafficking
Mushrooms enrich lives of Malawi women
A United Methodist grant has helped widows and those below the poverty line become self-supporting.
Arizona bishop asks for prayers after shootings
Bishop Carcaño condemns the shootings that killed 6 and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others, including at least one UM.
Church Adopts Haiti
Bronwen and Bill Pope adopted two sons from Haiti. Now their friends at church make clothes for children affected by the earthquake.
Pillowcase dresses aim to cheer Haitians
A couple’s connection to Haiti inspires their congregation to give. “We’re not saving a child by making dresses, but every little bit helps.”
Church exposes hidden domestic abuse
One in 4 women experiences violence. United Methodist Women supported a documentary on the church’s response to this silent epidemic.
Famous homeless man finds voice thanks to UM
This week Ted Williams’ story, and voice, became a YouTube sensation. The man who “discovered” him is a United Methodist and advocate.
Church empowers African businesswomen
Helping women become entrepreneurs is the key to raising the standard of living, leaders say.
Pastor grows faith by going green
Anne Williamson says stuff can get in the way of God. She practices what she preaches by consuming less so the world will have more.
Arizona bishop issues statement after shooting
Bishop Minerva Carcaño says a United Methodist was among those shot in Tucson on Saturday. She asks prayers in the face of the tragedy.
What the church has done in Haiti
United Methodists gave $43 million to support relief after last year’s quake. See how funds were used and what challenges and needs remain.
Sermons For Truckers
Wilma Foreman first preached to a washer. Now her sermons are on CDs at truck stops “to reach people nobody wanted to reach.”
Detroit church has history of social activism
Known as "The Conscience of a City," historic Central UMC has been committed to fighting for peace and justice. "We just can't sit back."
Deacon called from one life to another
Stacey Harwell thought she’d be a journalist but God had different plans. The deacon now has “one foot in the world and one foot in church.”
Brian Combs – Love for modern-day lepers
The Rev. Brian Combs pastors a congregation that leaves labels - homeless, mentally ill, addict - at the door, and simply calls everyone a child of God. It "reflects their understanding of Jesus, which is a Savior with radical hospitality, inclusive love, extending grace in every direction and always inviting the circle to be widened."
Bishop Ammons, trailblazing leader, dies
Bishop Edsel A. Ammons was among the denomination’s first African-American episcopal leaders.
UM college president honored in Ebony
Walter M. Kimbrough, a lifelong United Methodist, was among 100 people recognized for efforts that positively benefit African Americans.
Christmas wishes come true in Kalamazoo
Volunteers welcomed 1,500 neighbors with a warm meal, warm clothes and a warm feeling.“We’re a little church doing a big thing.”
Haiti, Call to Action top stories in 2010
United Methodists worked to “Change the World” and also pondered how to change the church. See the UMNS year-end review.
Nigerian Muslims, Christians seek peace
In a country torn by religious tensions, a United Methodist-sponsored seminar aims to end “the fear of coming close together.”
Anti-malaria campaign takes preparation
Before distributing bed nets in Sierra Leone, church leaders had to build trust in the formerly war-torn country.
DREAM Act’s fate dismays church leaders
United Methodist leaders supported the bill that would have allowed illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to gain legal status.
Church prays for peace in Cȏte d’Ivoire
With the presidential election in dispute, the country’s United Methodists urge calm and serve victims of strife.
Christmas memories sustain grieving families
Recollections of faith, family and fun support bishop as he celebrates first Christmas after mother’s death.
Help! My family stresses me out at Christmas
Sometimes expectations of Kodak moments and hopes for a holly, jolly holiday fall short. But even then, God is present.
Church stars in CBS Christmas Eve special
The United Methodist congregation has drawn on the talents of its members, including a Broadway actress, for the national broadcast.
Microloans for Christmas
A college student asked his peers to give small gifts to support a Zimbabwe farmer. Donations buy chickens, dig wells, and pay school fees.
Haiti Volunteer in Mission teams delayed
Church leaders decided to put 12 teams’ trips on hold because of fears of political unrest.
Texas church honors soldiers with wreaths
Beverly Norman’s son was killed in Iraq. She appreciates the church that puts wreaths on his grave and others.
People watch, wait for malaria relief
Many in Sierra Leone yearn for the arrival of bed nets the way many children anticipate Christmas.
Tips for making your holiday greener
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Partnership celebrates African church
Muslims and Christians in Sierra Leone and United Methodists from the U.S. helped rebuild a church out of the rubble of civil war.
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