Pop stars, Presidents honor Lowery
Stevie Wonder, Obama and others celebrate the 90th birthday of the United Methodist pastor, called the ‘dean of the civil rights movement.’
Missionaries prepare to be sent into the world
A live web event tonight celebrates the commissioning of ten new missionaries ready to share “how hope is built around the world.”
Peace prizewinner shines her light
Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist, shares honor with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman.
CROP Walkers fight hunger, step by step
Every year, United Methodists from across the U.S. join their neighbors for CROP Hunger Walks, benefiting people worldwide.
Lowery celebrates 90 years of blessings
A celebration for the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, “His words—our gift,” will be held at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Oct. 9.
United Methodist shares Nobel Peace Prize
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s ‘non-violent struggle’ championing women’s rights earns distinguished 2011 honor.
U.S. Labor Secretary praises job ministry
An Atlanta congregation offers job seekers not only practical help but also concern and care, Hilda Solis says.
Malaria advocates ask Congress to save lives
United Methodists at Imagine No Malaria Days on the Hill urge retention of U.S. funding to fight malaria.
Heavy metal music connects congregation
Metal heads worship God and offer a different perspective of the church scene. "It's life changing to be here."
Ethnic delegates wary of restructuring plan
Northeastern Jurisdiction delegates to General Conference worry ‘many voices will be missing from the table’ under plan to consolidate.
Korean National Plan exceeds its goals
Plan’s council continues support as it tells message of hope in growth of new churches, training of pastors and laity.
How to make more Hispanic disciples
Southern California conference works to reach the 13 million Hispanics through full implementation of the national plan.
2 Ugandan church staff arrested
District superintendent, mission intern face cyber-crimes charges after bishop’s complaint about anonymous blackmail attempts.
Care packages comfort troops
Woman rallies community to action. “Until all our troops come home, we're going to do what we can to make their time there that much easier."
Pastor preaches support for DREAM Act
Observances throughout the U.S. help citizens understand how this legislation would affect young people.
N.D. family looks forward to Thanksgiving
Called back from an anniversary trip to evacuate ahead of floodwaters, Minot parents return to face loss of home, cleanup.
Divided Korean families feel stress
‘Goose Families’ struggle with tensions of being apart as mothers, children go to foreign lands for better education.
Church reaction mixed on immigration ruling
Judge blocks a provision that clergy feared would criminalize ministry, but let stand key parts of the Alabama law that worry leaders.
Six reasons young Christians leave church
Over half of active churchgoers disconnect from the church after age 15. A study by the Barna Group reveals why.
Leader calls U.S. a ‘welfare state for rich’
Winkler counters claims poverty rate is exaggerated and advocacy for poor supports unlimited welfare state.
Exploration 2011: You’ve been buzzed
Young people will gather in St. Louis Nov. 11-13 to talk, pray, ponder and listen to God calling them into ordained ministry.
Panel urges church to be more global
After three years of discussions, group introduces proposals to help The United Methodist Church ‘live more fully into our worldwide nature.’
Woman starts African mission with a goat
Jan Brockley turns potential into productivity by empowering African women. “They have never had this opportunity before.”
Family Vacation from Cancer
Church gives trips to those dealing with disease. “It takes their childhood away. When you get to just have fun, that’s giving a piece of that back.”
Volunteers needed now for Northeast cleanup
Many flooded communities need basic work done before winter sets in.
Young clergywomen find support online
Knowing you’re not the only one goes a long way in reducing the burnout, frustration and despair of lone-ranger ministry.
Report: In church, as in school, seniors rule
While greater numbers of young clergy are serving than in the past decade, older pastors still fill most United Methodist pulpits.
Response continues for 2011 U.S. disasters
Tornados and flooding of historic proportions means more support needed for United Methodist relief efforts.
Disaster case managers walk with survivors
More than 30 UMCOR-trained case managers assist people in North Dakota’s Souris Valley as residents recover from massive floods.
Hope among the ashes in Texas
UMCOR disaster response teams perform “funerals for houses” and help devastated families sort through their homes and their emotions.
8-year-old battles malaria with crayons
Alayna Strunk “wanted to help save lives in Africa.” She came up with a crafty way to raise funds to fight malaria.
Pastor called to serve neglected immigrants
A United Methodist pastor hears God’s call to serve an immigrant community in New Mexico. The neighborhood lacks streets, sewers and running water.
Pastors pray to stop Troy Davis execution
With doubts about his guilt and citing church’s stance against the death penalty, two United Methodist pastors hope mercy will prevail.
Relief supplies offer ‘loving connection’
UMCOR’s seven different disaster kits always in need to tell those in distress that the United Methodist Church cares.
N.D. confirmands live their vows to do good
Flood that swept through Minot changed summer for teens from lazy days to nonstop work helping those who lost their homes in the disaster.
More children in poverty not a surprise
United Methodists emphasize need to break poverty cycle along with maintaining programs to care for children.
Atlanta church’s ribbons remember war dead
Prayers for Peace Memorial honors those who lost lives and represents prayers for peace throughout the world.
Clergy, laity push bishops on gay union ban
Hundreds of clergy and laity hope letters pressure the Council of Bishops to uphold publicly the denomination’s homosexuality stance.
Sabbath honors dreams of young immigrants
United Methodist churches encouraged to focus on the DREAM Act that will give young immigrants a chance to become U.S. citizens.
Churches Rethink 9/11
A Chicago community is rethinking church by honoring 9/11 heroes as well as their own first responders, “who stand up and protect us every day.”
Fear of Islam changed prison chaplaincy
Two chaplains serving federal prisons say 9/11 caused major shift in how chaplains could relate to Muslim inmates.
Ethnic caucuses voice restructure concerns
Legislation to consolidate general agencies “minimizes and will exclude” the participation of ethnic minorities, the statement says.
N.D. flood doesn’t stop start of school
Minot children return to school in makeshift classrooms housed in churches and auditoriums due to extensive damage to school buildings.
Susquehanna flooding affects churches
In both Pennsylvania and New York state, communities are swamped along rivers, creeks.
Memories and lessons of 9/11
Watching the second plane hit the tower as he and his family drove into New York City left a memory that shapes Reggie Morrow today.
9/11 brought the world to my neighborhood
Adam Robbins watched the attacks from his high school a few blocks from the World Trade Center, forever changing his awareness of the world.
‘The war’s happening all over again’
College student recalls how 9/11 attacks brought back horrific memories of the Rwandan massacres her family came to the U.S. to escape.
Flight 93 Ambassadors honor 9/11 heroes
Land where hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania is now a National Park Service site, thanks to Shanksville UMC members.
My mother’s prayers and 9/11
New York pastor looks at 10-year anniversary of terrorist attacks as a time to “rededicate, rediscover and recreate ourselves and our churches.”
How one 9/11 death changed my life
When an Ohio father, husband and church member died on 9/11, his life became an inspiration and reminder to “Give me Jesus.”
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