What about worship for special needs?
Church had traditional, contemporary and Hispanic worship. Now “Joyful Hearts” meets on Mondays for those with special needs.
United Methodists see Occupy protest ties
Call for “just society” and parallels to Wesleyan theology drawing clergy, laity across the country to offer ministry, help.
Fire rekindles vital congregation
Blaze is blessing in disguise as congregation welcomes new ministry and members. “The church is not the building. The church is the people.”
New tools add punch to vital congregations
Church agency launches Innovative Leadership Project to connect visitors to church, strengthen teamwork and nurture spirituality.
UMTV: Restaurant Owner On Mission
Steve Pool cooked up a way to help others. “No matter who you are or where you live, there are missions within ten miles of your house.”
Religious leaders: Don’t cut poverty funding
Interfaith leaders want to maintain global development assistance funds in Senate bill for 2012 U.S. budget.
Everyday ‘saints’ transform lives, faith
Facebook question elicits memories as people share stories of family and friends who made — or are making — a difference.
Wenner, Brown win election to lead bishops
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany will be the first woman from outside the United States to preside over the council.
$3 million grant boosts malaria campaign
Gates Foundation, in collaboration with United Nations Foundation, offers support to United Methodist initiative.
Southwestern honors first black grad
United Methodist-related Kansas school recognizes ‘faithful man of God’ seven decades after his death.
Bishops endorse church restructure proposals
“We see a new church,” say bishops, who favor reallocating up to $60 million for vital congregations.
PeaceGen 2011 trip motivates teens
Thanks to the annual churchwide Peace with Justice Sunday offering, Northern Illinois youth learn how to put their faith into action.
Top court rules on Philippine actions
Judicial Council upholds the validity of decisions made by interim bishop in Manila Area.
Maintain connections, top court rules
Conference restructuring plans, penalty for officiating at civil unions among topics addressed in October decisions.
Remembering the saints who nurtured me
Honoring a great cloud of witnesses — ‘my family, my church community, my co-workers, my neighbors and people I may never meet.’
Bishops called to reclaim church’s mission
Council of Bishops president urges church to be ‘a community of faith active in love, alive as the body of Christ.’
Video and text of president’s message
UMTV: The Power of Pumpkins
We carve them, cook them and decorate with them, but churches are learning the power of the pumpkin as a source of income and opportunity.
Rural ministry celebrates 50th year
Hinton Rural Life Center aims to be ‘a catalyst for building healthy and effective communities of faith.’
Retired Bishop Duecker dies in Fort Wayne
Involvement with Africa University and camping ministry kept bishop’s ministry active long after his retirement.
Hispanic Plan builds communities of faith
Reaching out town by town in Wisconsin, followers use Hispanic-Latino plan modules and form worship groups.
UMTV: Church’s Harry Potter Halloween
Each year, one UMC becomes Hogwarts for a day. Some call it magic. “To be bold enough to sponsor a Harry Potter festival, it’s remarkable.“
Over 50 and can’t find a job? Here's help
Georgia church’s job ministry helps baby boomers overcome negative perceptions of being an older job seeker.
Church to focus on ‘healing relationships’
Act of Repentance by United Methodists in 2012 addresses mistreatment of indigenous peoples.
Halloween fundraiser treats missions
"We love Jesus and we love round, orange vegetables." Congregants also love the green pumpkins provide for youth and other ministries.
Young job seekers find inspiration, help
Georgia church’s job ministry reassures graduates as they deal with the frustrations of today’s economy.
UMTV: Church Welcomes Job Seekers
Roswell UMC has 360 volunteers who offer networking opportunities and spiritual support to those looking for work.
Feeding ‘tummies and souls’ of job seekers
For participants in a jobs ministry at Georgia church, encouragement, networking and dinner are all served free.
The Muppets take East St. Louis
"Sesame Street" had a primetime episode on hunger. Children got a special screening at a ministry — brought to you by the letters U M C.
Hollon named top communicator
The Rev. Larry Hollon was called “a passionate voice for communications as a ministry.” Athey and Whiting were inducted into Hall of Fame.
Pastor receives civilian medal from Obama
The Rev. Roberto Perez was one of 13 honored for working on behalf of others in their communities and around the world.
Gates praises church in malaria fight
United Methodists' work and leadership in fighting malaria draws praise from Melinda Gates.
Missionaries’ gift documents church role
Publications donated to Africa University portray profound political changes of ‘50s and ‘60s that helped shape the church.
Scholarships support women of color
Program prioritizes increasing number of women at the Ph.D. level in all seminaries. “We need these voices in our seminaries.”
Exhibit explores Christianity in China
‘Thy Word is Truth’ has stops in four U.S. cities. Displays provide a look at centuries of struggles.
Church attacks malaria on several fronts
Imagine No Malaria effort in Sierra Leone includes nets, education, training of health-care workers, improvement of hospitals and clinics.
United Methodist initiatives find homes
Pension board program, other church efforts help local initiatives to find homes — and stability — for people in transition.
MLK dedication is a multifaith celebration
King’s dream of beloved community comes to life as spectators from all races, faiths join together in tribute.
Campus ministries considered vital
Wesley Foundations offer chances for worship, study and outreach. “We are targeting students at a time when they wander away from church.”
UMTV: Art by Grieving Children
Center helps kids share feelings. “I wish every community had some way to recognize that they’re grieving and to do something about it.”
Grief centers help children cope with loss
Texas ministries supported by United Methodists find grief-stricken adults are not always best help to children with losses.
‘Extreme Makeover’ aids United Methodist
ABC-TV show, airing Oct. 21, features Pennsylvania family whose church has reached out in unexpected ways.
Youth theology schools educate and engage
Seminary academies provide community and challenge youth to explore their faith. “We can make a difference in every person we meet."
Looking ahead to future mission trends
Expanding partnerships for Global Ministries includes contact with The Mission Society.
Circles of Care for Immigrants
Therapist-turned-pastor provides free mental health support for immigrants facing long separations from family and fears of deportation.
What am I really paying?
A film highlighting the plight of migrant workers in America changed Lisa Talbott’s life forever. “I’m appalled. I’m disgusted. I’m outraged.”
$1 million grant for Alabama tornado relief
Other large grants approved by UMCOR directors address Japan and Haiti earthquakes, Dakotas flooding
Growing Latino ministry in New Orleans
2 new faith communities and an educational center grow from efforts of National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries.
Equipping the saints to lead
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Conference must pay in sex-abuse case
Minnesota woman awarded $1.4 million in civil suit against pastor and conference; $164,000 assessed against conference.
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