Tennessee faith groups fight youth obesity
Seventeen percent of children are considered obese. United Methodist churches and agencies want to help change that statistic.
United Methodist up for CNN Hero honor
After caring for her own grandfather, Connie Siskowski founded an organization to help care-giving youth stay in school. Read inspiring story.
Top court has full docket this week
Among 18 items to be considered by United Methodist Judicial Council are guaranteed clergy appointments.
Court to weigh end of clergy job guarantees
Proponents say changes will help bishops make “missional appointments.” Critics worry of potential for abuse.
George McGovern: Champion of the hungry
A United Methodist pastor remembers the mentor and friend whose deepest passions were to end war and eliminate hunger.
United Methodists salute McGovern’s legacy
Wesleyan roots ran deep for preacher’s son who considered service to others as the key to a good life.
Halloween alternatives gain fans
Church-sponsored events address theological and safety concerns around Halloween.
Eduard Khegay elected bishop of Eurasia
He will be the first United Methodist bishop from the former Soviet Union.
Low funds hurt church's schools in Liberia
With no reliable salary, sometimes the only thing keeping teachers at Liberia’s United Methodist schools is a dedication to their students.
Former child soldiers find hope in Congo
Funded by Peace with Justice offering, United Methodist Child Action initiative helps give children the power to change their lives.
N.C. churches benefit from ‘labor of love’
Historic St. George United Methodist is one of many to use conference construction ministry program.
Shalom Summit looks back as it looks ahead
United Methodists gather to mark 20 years of an economic justice movement designed to identify and build community assets.
Preacher revisits history on horseback
In honor of Methodism’s circuit riders, including his own father and John Wesley, Douglas Burns saddled up for Oakland UMCs 100th anniversary.
Concerns rise for Syrian Christians
United Methodists, ecumenical groups worry about effects of turmoil in Middle Eastern countries on indigenous Christians.
Recharge congregation’s batteries this fall
Take advantage of cooler weather with great projects for your church to reach out to the community beyond your doors.
Malaria: Treatable and Beatable
“Malaria is the first cause of death in Bom Jesus,” writes Bishop Elaine Stanovsky. But in Angola, United Methodists are going after the killer.
UMTV: Church Rethinks School Lunches
Pastor says meal program is “not about churchianity; it’s about Christianity. It’s not about the building, it’s about the people we are building.”
Bishop faults jurisdiction’s gay issue stand
Indiana Bishop Coyner criticizes Western Jurisdiction’s call to act as if the church’s teaching against homosexuality ‘does not exist.’
Small churches make big difference for kids
After hearing about childhood hunger at annual conference, Jim Pratt began a summer feeding program with volunteers from local churches.
Hispanic church offers model of growth
A Chicago-area congregation with lay missioner at helm has expanded from 12 to more than 120 in two years.
Pastors challenged by cross-racial appointment
Network of support created for clergy who may be racially or culturally different from their congregations.
Camp provides hope for Liberian refugees
Point Hope teaches life skills to its inhabitants. Learn how Imagine No Malaria works with this group to provide managerial training for the staff.
Big church focuses on mission, not size
Kansas’ Church of the Resurrection is now 22. Adam Hamilton’s goal for its 15,000 members: to be known as a congregation that serves the poor.
Rust College builds a better community
Ten years ago, one of United Methodism’s most historic schools began a revitalization project that continues to bless Holly Springs, MS today.
New bishop of Nigeria elected
West Africa Annual Conference selects the Rev. John Wesley Yohanna to succeed Bishop Kulah.
How churches can help kids cope with evil
As young people struggle to process tragic events like shootings, local churches can offer “physical, emotional and spiritual comfort.”
Pastor ‘spreading hope’ for teens
After almost losing his own son, Greg Nelson began ministry of free workshops for families struggling with the dangers of depression.
World Communion Sunday is Oct. 7
Find out how this Special Sunday offering continues to influence the lives of those all over the world who have received the scholarships it funds.
Dos and Don’ts in an election season
U.S. churches may not endorse a candidate, but may discuss issues. See guidelines for religious organizations during political campaigns.
Church puts spotlight on Congo conflict
United Methodists join with others to get global focus on continuing atrocities and need to pressure neighboring Rwanda.
UMTV: Pro Wrestling Deacon of Doom
Brian Diggs preaches by day, and pounds people by night. Meet a minister who brings God’s message to the mat.
Pet ministries and our spiritual growth
U.S. churches offer pet blessings near the Oct. 4 feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Take a quiz to test your knowledge of animals and the church.
HIV/AIDS threatening Philippines
United Methodists work with other faith groups to “respond…with new attitudes and actions focused on education, prevention and compassion.”
Wandabula calls funds issue ‘mud-slinging’
Wandabula responds to moves by two United Methodist agencies to withhold funds in East Africa Conference after audits.
Placemats make point on food rights
Church World Service offers discussion tips, recipes, worship aids and action ideas for churches to mark World Food Day on October 16.
UM Women unveil ad against hate speech
In response to anti-Muslim ads in New York subways, coalition provides counter voice for peace against harmful and divisive campaign.
Final report: Church path ‘unsustainable’
The Interim Operations Team, in its final report, calls for bigger changes than what came out of the 2012 General Conference.
Oklahoman a ‘leader’ from young age
Her favorite scripture is, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.” Read how 23-year-old is using her gifts to help children.
Father, daughter finish seminary together
New location for school of theology enables students to stay close to jobs and family while pursuing call to the ministry.
UMTV: Young Women of UMCOR
They are leaders at relief agency before age 40. Hear their story. “Young people are looking at us saying, ‘We want to do that, too.’“
3 young women = UMCOR's ‘triumvirate’
When there’s a disaster, disease or famine, these three women know they’ll be on the ground to help.
Finance agency asks for E. Africa funds cutoff
Agency’s board of directors also approves filing of formal complaint with College of Bishops against Bishop Wandabula.
United Methodists working to connect Haiti
Communications agency, church volunteers, nonprofit combine to establish technology centers to help Haitians support themselves.
Helping young adults reach American dream
A new policy allowing young people to stay in the United States has led to a flood of applications. See how United Methodists are helping.
New school brings new hope to Liberia
Thanks to partners, 105 children begin classes at the New Hope United Methodist Women’s School. “You are the future of Liberia and the world.”
Judicial ruling sought on East Africa funds
Western PA Conference questions about use of mission funds in East Africa projects are part of controversy surrounding bishop’s actions.
Top award given for chaplain support
Crystal Springs (Miss.) UMC honored with Dept. of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
UMTV: Battle Buddies Mentor Veterans
Fellow vets support returning troops battling everything from PTSD to homelessness.
Louisiana asks for Isaac cleanup volunteers
Conference to start cleanup in October and needs to line up teams to go to the hard-hit St. John the Baptist and Livingston parishes.
Mississippi churches embrace diversity
Providing a safe place of worship for all types of people “created in God’s image” is a shared goal for Hattiesburg pastors.
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