Deaf community in Haiti rebuilds
Hundreds of hearing-impaired people displaced by the quake have formed a community and are moving forward with help from UMCOR and others.
Feast of Friends fights HIV stigma
Doctor applauds families facing challenges firsthand. “Their desire to live a healthy life shines in the presence of a deadly disease.”
Oklahoma ministry helps ex-convicts adjust
Oklahoma Conference justice and mercy ministry helps former convicts learn how to build productive lives after release.
Second Chance After Prison
My Sister’s Keeper pairs female inmates with professional women on the outside to build relationships that can last long after a person is released.
12 million caught in Africa food crisis
Worst drought in decades and civil strife push crisis to “critical mass” in Horn of Africa as aid workers raise cry for help.
Why Somalia matters
Larry Hollon saw a malnourished baby die and the image haunts him. “Somalia is a challenge to our conscience…We must not turn away.”
New same-sex blessing complaint filed
The Minnesota Annual Conference will investigate whether a pastor’s actions violate a ban on celebrating gay unions.
‘Bold’ changes proposed for church structure
Proposals include a new process for dismissing low-performing clergy and consolidation of 10 agencies to try to ‘simplify’ and ‘integrate.’
Faithful urged to contact Congress about debt
Cuts to programs that assist the poor are ‘unacceptable’ to people of faith, says top executive of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.
Two UM church leaders arrested in protest
Church and Society top exec and an ordained elder among 11 charged as Capitol rally asks U.S. leaders to fulfill nation’s promise to poor.
Flood-drenched city seeks volunteers
As a bitter winter approaches, United Methodists in Minot, N.D., struggle with cleanup tasks.
Aviation ministry offers hope to Congo’s sick
In an area the size of Texas, a United Methodist pilot is often the difference between life and death for Congolese people in need of care.
Christians worldwide reach out to Norway
Faith leaders worldwide speak out and call for prayers after bombing and mass shooting that leave more than 90 dead.
Actually, that’s not in the Bible
Did Satan tempt Eve to eat an apple or is “Cleanliness is next to godliness” from Proverbs? You’re not alone if you’re uncertain of the answers.
United Methodist church anchors Dulac
Last July, small towns near the Gulf Coast were reeling from the Deep Horizon oil rig explosion. Now at least some things are back to normal.
Harvest of Hope: The Rural Church in America
Burdens or blessings? A UMNS series explores the current state of rural churches in the U.S. and ideas to keep them alive and well.
Hellfire, brimstone and John Wesley
The debate over the existence of hell is nothing new. In fact, Methodism’s founder had something to say about it.
The Rural Roots of United Methodism
Methodism’s rural roots go back to circuit riders who traveled many miles to serve frontier towns.
How to get more young people to church
Relationships are key to attracting younger generations, writes Mike Ratliff. They need to know that at least one adult knows and cares for them.
Church uses music to attract young seekers
A Knoxville church is breaking musical barriers with a worship team that includes a former “Idol” contestant and a singer/songwriter.
Christian muggles learn from Harry Potter
The wizardry and magic are a turn-off to many Christians, but others have learned to see the spiritual side of the popular books.
Youth 2011: More than a meeting
When not in sessions, 3,700 youth were building walls, collecting toys, donating locks of hair, packaging meals, and raising money.
Zimbabwe mission treats body and spirit
Holston Conference missionaries find patients waiting for treatment at each stop on annual trip to Zimbabwe.
‘Ministry on wheels’ repairs churches
California-Pacific churches reap the handiwork of a retiree group that travels in RVs from church to church.
New vitality reflected at annual conferences
Attendance and membership counts don’t tell the whole story. Emerging ministries and congregations produce pockets of growth.
D.C. vigils call for ‘faithful budget’
Interfaith leaders are hosting daily vigils at the United Methodist building to urge lawmakers to remember the most vulnerable.
More clergy offer to bless same-sex unions
About 900 clergy signed statements saying they will marry gay couples as annual conferences grapple with the issue.
Food ministry rises above Minot flood
Ada and Bob Lower lost their home and church, but they still feed the hungry. People need them ‘now more than ever.’
Minot pastor asks for prayers and volunteers
Faith United Methodist remains underwater, but the church is reaching out to minister to the thousands of homeless.
UMCOR Spring Storms
Leaders say the relief agency has already responded to as many storms as in all of 2010, and almost as many as in 2009.
Vital Congregations site empowers churches
The site offers tools for churches to assess their health and set goals for becoming more vital. Churches can share stories of success.
Budget battle: Don’t forget the poor
Faith leaders call on Congress, Obama administration to continue commitments to poverty programs.
Collecting data versus making disciples
Focusing on how many new members or people in worship doesn’t indicate level of involvement, says Dan Dick.
The Battling Bishops … and other UM mascots
In the colorful world of team mascots, United Methodist-related schools are at the top of the class.
Arkansans bring pain relief to Uganda
A 19-member team from Fayetteville brought needed medical aid and help with evangelism in the east African country.
Child of apartheid to lead World Methodists
Bishop Ivan Abrahams says “black and white blood” makes him a reconciler. He encourages the church to speak for those who cannot.
Church mourns family killed in plane crash
The pilot, Fred Teutenberg, and his family were active members of Niceville UMC. Fred played in the praise band and handled the church’s IT.
Churches scramble in Minn. shutdown
A lack of government services has led to increased calls for help to area churches, and demand may exceed supply.
Bishops, nuns ＆ rabbis debate gas fracking
Bishop Bickerton is among religious leaders who are questioning the benefits and environmental impact of natural gas drilling.
Conferences focus on disaster relief
While conferences also worked on feeding the hungry, fighting malaria and encouraging youth, helping victims of this year’s storms was a priority.
Vegetables sprout health, hope in Omaha
Even the hungriest rabbits cannot daunt the spirit of The Big Garden as it engages the community and encourages healthy nutrition.
Three secrets to strong worship services
Marcia McFee explains how an anchor, frames, and threads can make worship fun, manageable and inspiring.
Zimbabwe women’s club empowers
Teaching sewing, craft and cooking skills benefits women financially as well as personally.
Worship forms disciples
Through sermons, liturgy, prayers and music, "worship is the primary place in which disciple-making happens."
Putting faith in Wall Street
United Methodist pension agency helps church put its investment money where its mouth is.
Youth discover service, potential in mission
Mission trips are key in Missouri Conference. “It helps them see what they are capable of doing and that they can do great things.”
United Methodists boost UMCOR kit supply
Illinois Great Rivers bests Iowa in towel-collecting competition as other annual (regional) conferences donate relief items.
Volunteers send ‘Hugs for Soldiers’
One Georgia church helps people show their support for our military every day — not just on July 4 — by sending soldiers the comforts of home.
Young pastors prepare for season of change
As their first year of ministry ends, young clergy look to the future – and some look toward a new church home.
World refugee count at 15-year high
Church agency, refugee programs look for more local congregations to assist with U.S. resettlement.
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