Panel: Church is too U.S.-centric
Ideas to strengthen global bonds include adopting a new covenant, slimming down the Book of Discipline and looking at church restructuring.
Celebrating marriage during Sunday worship
Where weddings are concerned, rituals sometimes upstage reverence. Meet three couples who chose a simpler way.
New site highlights ministries with the poor
Interactive site offers chance to engage in a denominational focus.
Older adult ministries grow with population
The explosion in children’s and youth ministries caused by the baby-boom generation is being repeated in intergenerational ministries.
Churches reflect on military sacrifices
Memorial Day is more than just another day off. It’s also an opportunity to honor ‘those who put themselves in harm’s way.’
A van is my parish
Without transportation to school, these Ohio teens might not graduate. A caring United Methodist pastor offers them a ride and a listening ear.
Churches help storm-weary heartland
After deadly twisters in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas, United Methodists reach out.
In Joplin, faith remains where little else stands
United Methodists look beyond the rubble left by deadly May 22 tornado.
Hog Father boosts hunger-relief effort
The United Methodist pastor and ardent motorcyclist lived for 40 days on Stop Hunger Now packets to help feed global hungry.
Can Christians embrace faith and science?
As many states consider preventing the teaching of evolution, United Methodists ask why science and the church can’t coexist.
Twisters déjà vu for Alabama pastor
The Rev. Kelly Clem lost her child and her church in a 1994 tornado. Now she is comforting others recovering from storms.
Malawi school forms Christian entrepreneurs
The sewing school at a United Methodist church helps lift widows out of poverty. Many were wives in polygamous marriages.
Book explores ‘when pastors prey’
A new book shares stories of women who were sexually exploited by clergy, and focuses on preventing abuse of power.
Joplin tornado hits UM churches, members
Missouri town of 49,000 now resembles ‘a lunar landscape,’ pastor says.
Change the World puts churches ‘In the Garden’
In a weekend full of service to others, many United Methodists chose to serve the planet as well.
Wesley broke convention to aid poor
Caring for the poor was not the norm in John Wesley’s time, but is now a central focus of United Methodism.
Caring for the poor is part of Wesley’s legacy
As we mark Heritage Sunday, we honor our history. From the start, Wesley longed for a church that exhibited "charity in all forms."
Pastor shocks by giving away prize money
A German United Methodist pastor’s generosity to a friend in financial need teaches how Christians share, draws attention to the church.
Radiation threat slows Japan’s recovery
Denominations cooperate in efforts to rebuild Japanese churches and communities, but fear building in areas touched by radiation.
Is the end near?
Most United Methodists laugh off the prediction that May 21 is Judgment Day, but such end-times conjectures are no joke, scholars say.
Being the hands and feet of Christ
On Change the World weekend, United Methodist Women in Mentor, Ohio, supported mission by embodying Christ in the world.
Saving souls and bodies in Africa
Bishop shares how the church’s anti-malaria fight and Côte D’Ivoire radio station make disciples.
Change the World sows seeds, reaps blessings
In 15 countries, including the United States, United Methodists reached out to their neighbors through more than 2,000 projects.
As waters rise, volunteers serve neighbors
On a global day of service, Louisiana congregations assembled 1,500 cleaning buckets where flooding is anticipated.
Windsor Village’s ‘three-legged’ ministry
The pastor of the 18,000-member Houston-area church talks about his successes, church vitality and obstacles to church growth.
Leaders give church changes yellow light
Advisory panel asked to proceed with caution on proposals to add a new board and have agencies charge for services.
Thousands gear up to Change the World
On May 14 and 15, United Methodists from more than 1,600 churches will participate in some 1,800 events to reach out to their communities.
Denomination faces sizable budget cuts
For the first time in the history of The United Methodist Church, even the best-case budget projection called for a reduction in available funds.
Lay speakers give Haitians clean water
Cholera will likely affect more lives in Haiti than the 2010 earthquake, and United Methodists across the U.S. are doing something about it.
Nets may save newborn’s life
Bintu Kamara has lost three children to malaria. New bed nets hanging in her home will give her newborn a better chance at life.
Methodist e-Academy welcomes first full class
Online theological education grows Europe’s future spiritual leaders while they grow community with one another.
Drenched communities pray levees will hold
As melted snow and record rainfall flood towns and farmland across the U.S., United Methodists respond and reach out.
Car Care for Single Moms
Church makes mothers’ day. "They came for free gas, but the look in their eyes when you said ‘I would be glad to pray for you’ was a God moment."
Jamaica event to continue focus on peace
Searching for the ways of ‘just peace’ as the WCC’s Decade to Overcome Violence ends.
Losses and lessons from 1994 tornados
Rev. Kelly Clem, whose daughter was killed when a tornado hit her church, knows what it's like to have one's life torn apart by a storm.
African clergywomen find voice, claim rights
First-ever meeting will honor Africa’s first woman bishop and strengthen the network of clergywomen on the continent.
Leaders ponder funding, structural changes
Among the proposals is to combine general agencies into fewer groups and to change the denomination’s funding formulas.
Life After Foster Care
Two-thirds of kids in foster care don’t graduate and half end up homeless. Advocates make sure those without parents have someone to turn to.
The mother who is ‘my everything’
From an impoverished childhood to today, Bilha Alegría draws her most valuable lessons from her mother.
Bin Laden’s death challenges pastors
Church leaders struggle with how to talk with members about the tension between being “an American citizen and being a citizen in the Kingdom.”
Bishops seek change in presidency
The constitutional amendment would allow the Council of Bishops to elect one of its members to be a full-time, nonresidential bishop for four years.
Garden Grows Community Care
Members of 30 churches left the pews and put on their work gloves to help neighbors. “We want them to see people out there in need.”
Many hands lighten load in tornado recovery
Across the South, United Methodist congregations assist those who are hurting.
Ohio church’s billboard supports gays
With the sign, an Ohio congregation calls for more than tolerance, a member says.
Bishops to change ecumenical agency
If General Conference approves, the agency will become part of the Council of Bishops.
Court voids new policy on clergy marriage
Judicial Council says New York plan allowing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Alabama church shares heartbreak, hope
As communities recover from April 27 tornadoes, hard-hit Ford’s Chapel United Methodist Church offers compassion, support.
Lambuth holds last graduation
Financial trouble forced the 168-year-old United Methodist university to close, leading to a bittersweet ceremony for its last graduating class.
Bishops hear call to lead church’s future
But church leaders face a challenge in gauging what sort of guidance United Methodists need, bishop admits.
Haiti sacrifices inspire spouses’ faith journeys
The wives of the two men who died and a third mission worker who survived the quake are witnesses to a contemporary Easter journey.
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