Tornadoes destroy churches, but not spirit
“I have been moved by the outpouring of grief, prayers and offers for help from Methodists all over the connection,” bishop says.
Easter brings hope for Ivorian Church
Côte d’Ivoire’s United Methodists find resurrection as their country emerges from a period of violence.
Pastors bring new life to thinning flocks
Larry Davies applies lessons learned from selling cars. Some want mini-vans, others sports cars. The key is finding out what people want.
Storms can’t wash away churches’ Easter spirit
United Methodists respond to record-breaking severe weather with a helping hand and enduring faith in God’s resurrecting power.
Japan: Progress, despite damage
Church partners, including UMCOR, will meet in Korea to discuss aid.
Bahamas mission fights poverty in paradise
Abraham McIntyre links those who have with those who don’t. “Most think of glamour but don’t know families have no running water or electricity.”
Bishop champions fight against malaria
Bickerton joins NBA star, actress and others spotlighted for their efforts to prevent malaria deaths.
Malaria Lab Fights Killer
Andrea Henkel is a scientist with personal reasons to Imagine No Malaria. She got malaria in Togo and children close to her died from the disease.
Imagine No Malaria fervor contagious
This enthusiastic anti-malaria fight is netting results.
Easter traditions create fond memories
Some joys of the holiday include sunrise services, special music and shiny new clothes.
Imagining Jesus’ last day
Adam Hamilton invites us to see ourselves in each scene of this “compelling, disturbing, redemptive and hopeful story ever told.”
Ambassador praises hospital in Sierra Leone
U.S. Ambassador Michael Owen sees partnership potential with church’s Mercy Hospital and Child Rescue Center.
Lambuth students ‘torn apart’ by school closing
Years of financial struggles and a loss of accreditation end a 168-year-old United Methodist institution – leaving its students to ponder the future.
A year after Gulf oil spill, healing begins
A $75,000 UMCOR grant has helped churches minister to those affected and help with recovery. “God requires us to carry one another’s burdens.”
Rethinking Stations of the Cross
Using wooden crosses, nails and paper chains made of sins, stations help people “focus on what Christ went through and apply it to their life.”
After storms’ pounding, churches respond
Since tornadoes in the southern U.S., United Methodists are helping people clear debris, find shelter and start to feel whole again.
Passion plays unite believers across time
Reenactments of Jesus’ death and resurrection educate and inspire."It makes the Easter season. It makes my faith come alive."
Post office honors Dorothy Height
Admirers say the building is a fitting tribute for the United Methodist known as ‘the godmother of the civil rights movement.’
UMCOR grant helps Japan institute reopen
Funds will help the Asian Rural Institute with repairs to its heavily damaged facilities so training in sustainable agricultural can continue.
Photographer sees beauty despite disease
She cheers cancer patients even as her eyesight falters. “Because I am going blind I give more freely of the talents God gave me.”
What is the meaning of Palm Sunday?
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Ohio churches propel Vietnam mission
From motorcycle rides to ‘Rally in the Valley,’ West Ohio supports growing Vietnamese church.
Study shows how black churches use music
Sacred songs are a critical part of worship at many African-American congregations, and often they are taught without hymnals.
What I didn’t say at the Leadership Summit
Church leader wishes she had taken up the topic of sexual orientation, “a real and present tension in the church.”
Online Lenten Bible study enriches faith
United Methodist series focuses on spirituality, political activism, technology and current events.
After war, Ivorian church seeks healing
With Gbagbo in custody, church leaders deal with lack of food, displaced families and fears of continued strife.
UMW seeks to become separate church agency
The goal is to create more transparency and strengthen relationships throughout the church, says top executive.
Church surrounds man slated for deportation
A United Methodist church in Texas is trying to prevent Cristian Ramirez from being deported to a country where he fears for his life.
Set apart, lay people vow a life of service
Deaconesses and home missioners connect day jobs with call to ministry.
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Ecumenical commission considers its future
The general agency has proposed drastically shrinking its board or folding its work into the Council of Bishops.
Leadership Summit tackles church future
Thousands of United Methodists tuned in to learn how leaders plan to increase vital congregations.
United Methodist students pray for Japan
Colleges are reaching out to those suffering from the earthquake and tsunami.
Ivorian group barricaded near battle
Bishop Boni and others have taken refuge in the church radio building within five minutes’ drive of where forces are still fighting.
Regional conferences gear up to reach out
During 2011 annual conference sessions, United Methodists will debate issues, engage in mission and prepare for General Conference.
Church offers relief in Japan’s new reality
Christians can provide healing after changes wrought by March disasters.
Filipino pastor recalls fear during Japan quake
Alcohol-free Lent causes buzz
The church supported abstinence for years, though moderate use is now allowed. The campaign highlights the impact of alcohol on teens.
March madness melancholy
We place the burden of victory on our sports heroes, but our players, coaches and teams often let us down. Thankfully, God doesn’t.
Leadership Summit invites global sharing
April 6 webcast participants will consider future challenges for United Methodist churches and annual conferences.
Côte d’Ivoire city under fire
As fighting continues, Bishop Benjamin Boni voices concern for the people caught in the violence.
Church offers aid amid Ivorian tumult
Churches are providing shelter and relief to people displaced by the fighting, and the United Methodist radio station remains on the air.
Church agencies battle human trafficking
Eighty percent of those trafficked are women and girls, and half of all victims are under the age of 13.
Illinois chooses life over death penalty
Illinois joined a growing number of states abolishing the death penalty, a stance that The United Methodist Church has supported since the 1950s.
What is the meaning of purple during Lent?
Learn why the cloths used on the altar, lectern, or pulpit are purple during the Lenten season.
Inmates offer Lenten thoughts on God’s love
Repentance and Christ’s death have special meaning for prisoners. “They make mistakes. We make mistakes. But the Lord loves us all.”
Japan’s churches to help house survivors
Even a country as well-prepared as Japan cannot cope without assistance. Churches play a key role in recovery.
Christopher called man of faith, peace
The former U.S. secretary of state lived out his United Methodist identity on the world stage, his pastor said.
Holy Land pilgrimage inspires young visitors
Young United Methodist clergy and laity traveled to the Holy Land, but they didn’t just sightsee. They embraced the roots of their ministry.
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