‘We are not forgotten’
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering supports UMCOR, allowing them to do things like send school and hygiene kits to children in Armenia.
Agency Q＆A: Publishing House
UMPH was the first church agency in the U.S. Since 1789 its mission has been “disseminating religious knowledge and useful … information.”
Fluke reacts to Limbaugh comment
Growing up in The United Methodist Church taught Sandra Fluke to speak out for others who need help.
Will restructure give bishops more power?
Some leaders worry proposed changes will give bishops too much authority; others say changes will help them carry out the mission.
Agency Q＆A: Christian Unity
Series look at how agencies carry out mission. Commission keeps United Methodists ‘ecumenically engaged and interreligiously involved.’
Long history of set-aside bishop proposals
'Issues of leadership and management have been a part of our life from the beginning,' church historian says.
Should bishops have a full-time president?
Church leaders debate a proposal to have a bishop who leads the council and the Call to Action without the usual residential responsibilities.
Agency Q＆A: Religion and Race
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission. “If the commission did not exist, the church would be at risk of losing its racial conscience.”
Radiation fear lingers after Japan quake
As Japanese Christians work at cleanup and monitoring, concerns mount beyond ‘exclusion zone’ surrounding nuclear plant.
Restructure draws finance agency warning
GCFA board says agency consolidation could put denomination at greater liability risk, jeopardize tax-exempt status for some.
Agency Q＆A: Archives and History
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission. “Through archival records…balanced accountability of our actions is maintained.”
Pastors write 'Hunger Games' Bible study
Though no religious theme is intended, popular book series includes many Christian parallels.
Japan’s Christians active in quake relief
One year later, assistance to those affected by Japan’s March 11, 2011, “triple disaster” continues, with new opportunities for volunteer teams.
Why no meat on Friday during Lent?
Since it’s the day of Jesus' death on the cross, a traditional fast during the Lenten season is to give up meat on Friday.
Women still pioneers as senior pastors
Women “above the stained-glass ceiling” talk about creating a culture that affirms the gifts of women within our churches.
UMW reps outline rural women’s struggles
For these nine women, U.N. meeting offers chance to share experiences, learn from others.
Our Social Principles alive in 1965 march
On the anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday,’ re-enactors trace the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965 and a participant recalls contrasts.
UN explores needs of rural women
United Methodists contribute to discussion between grassroots, governments on empowering women.
FAQ: Should you fast during Lent?
John Wesley considered fasting an important part of a Christian's life and fasted weekly. Learn what the church says about this discipline.
Churches reach out after swath of storms
A steady stream of tornadoes Feb. 28-March 2 has congregations seeking creative ways to help their communities.
African’s path from Islam to Christianity
Born into a Muslim world, Sierra Leone district superintendent recalls her difficult, often dangerous journey to God.
UMTV: Church Fosters Adoption
More foster children are finding “forever homes” thanks to a congregation in Ohio. In 2011, 46 were adopted. “That’s a God thing right there.”
UMCOR helps those affected by tornadoes
Clergy band plays to fight malaria
Texas clergy combine their love of music with a passion for mission and raise almost $200,000 for United Methodist causes.
Sex abuse suit names TX conference, pastor
Woman seeks $25 million in damages, alleging abuse started when she was 14 and officials knew of inappropriate contact.
Women celebrate World Day of Prayer
Join women across the globe today in observing the World Day of Prayer, “allowing ecumenical women to get to know and support one another.”
Women face long road to change in church
During Women’s History Month, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women celebrates advances, but admits there are still struggles.
Eight generations serve as clergy
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Rev. Carol Hill shares how the women in her family inspired her decision to go into ministry.
Churches respond to 2012 winter twisters
Even as they grieve losses, United Methodists find ways to help their neighbors pick up pieces after Feb.29 storms.
Better child nutrition brings economic gain
UMCOR, Church World Service join ‘1000 Days’ movement focusing on effects of malnutrition. “Food is the first medicine.”
Summer food ministries serve children
Churches share how they responded to “three months of kids going hungry" when school let out. “We had to find a way to feed them.”
Pastor’s civil rights work still matters
Bishop’s daughter recalls her father’s courage as a segregated South struggled within its United Methodist churches.
Churches comfort after Ohio school tragedy
Sharing stories and leaning on God are important to people as they try to recover after the shootings at Chardon High School.
Community’s trash is church’s treasure
Inspired by the Vital Congregations Initiative, a church shares how they turned a dumpster problem into a divine opportunity for ministry.
Five new studies for Lent 2012
Need devotions and ideas to help you during the journey to Easter Sunday? New studies from popular authors are available for Lent.
Call to prayer for General Conference
Through global prayer network, every United Methodist can participate in the 2012 General Conference.
Churches reach out after Ohio shootings
Chardon United Methodist Church has close relationship with high school where shooter killed one, wounded four students.
When keeping Sabbath, simply rest
In our overwrought, overworked, socially networked society, we need Sabbath, but many wonder how to find time for it. Here are some tips.
Initiative provides theological education
Church membership in Africa is growing faster than in any other part of the globe, but Africa has a critical shortage of trained clergy.
UMTV: Street Pastor with a Past
A former heroin user, the Rev. Keith Kaufold speaks firsthand about addiction and redemption. “God will turn your misery into your ministry.”
Video Series: “Dreaming of Vital Congregations”
What will the church look like in 80 years? Video series asks how to transform congregations to ensure they arrive at 2092.
Creating a holy Lent
As Lenten practices of self-examination and repentance begin, find devotions and ideas to help you during the journey to Easter Sunday.
Why ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent. What is the significance of ashes being placed on the forehead on Ash Wednesday?
Mixed blessings in new U.S. church numbers
Declining membership trend continues; 2010 giving to UMCOR up 146 percent and direct giving to causes jumps 29 percent.
Could you go alcohol-free for Lent?
United Methodist board wants to shed light on the world’s top killer by asking people to abstain from alcohol during Lent.
What is Lent and why does it last forty days?
Representing the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, Lent is a period of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter.
Helping the Homeless 101
For college students running a Philadelphia homeless shelter, the biggest lesson is one they aren’t learning in class.
Former inmate honored for prison ministry
Lonnie Bingmon, who went to youth detention nine times and jail six times, received a White House award for his service to others.
Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties
How did leaders from Lincoln to FDR to Obama turn to Wesley’s followers for spiritual and social aid?
Relevance X 2012 brings spirituality to Sin City
A conference in Las Vegas brings young adults and those in young adult ministry together to shape the future of the church and the world.
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