Stranded Haiti mission team heads home
UMVIMs from Western Pa. had to stay due to election protests. Flaming barricades caused havoc that closed roads and the airport.
Early Christmas gift shelters Eritrean family
Twenty-two United Methodist congregations in the Indianapolis area joined to build a Habitat for Humanity house.
Givers pick compassion over consumerism
Churches offer ways for people of good conscience to buy gifts that support people who are struggling and in need.
Holiday Wreaths for Veterans
Some volunteers in Texas have chosen to honor soldiers' sacrifices with a special holiday tradition.
Alternative take on the ‘12 Days of Christmas’
“True love” refers to God and “eight maids a-milking” refer to the beatitudes. New lyrics give us a dozen ways to be more giving.
Church’s Eagle Scouts soar into history
Only one time before have 12 African-Americans from one troop been promoted simultaneously. Just 2 percent of Boy Scouts make Eagle.
Church Gives Home Makeovers
Ohio had 90,000 foreclosures in 2009. The Church For All People saw opportunity in the vacant properties. “It’s reclaiming our neighborhood.”
Pastor released from jail, ends fast
The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith hoped to fast until Congress voted on the DREAM Act. As her protest ended, others took it up on her behalf.
Presents or Presence? Gifts that Matter
How can we use the holidays to worship God more fully? What if we spend less, but give more?
Sierra Leone volunteers save moms, babies
United Methodists are training birth attendants to help reduce the highest under-5 mortality rate in the world.
Going Green for Funerals
Church camp provides eco-burial. Cremated remains are placed under a tree in a preserved forest. “A memorial to people and God’s creation.”
Pray for peace for Korea, say bishops
Korean-Americans are torn between fears for South Korean loved ones and North Koreans’ need for aid.
African school fights malaria with hope, faith
After years of poor treatment, a young woman with malaria was nurtured back to health by students in Côte d’Ivoire.
Immigrant advocates ask to ‘Drop the I-Word’
The term ‘illegal’ is too often used to dehumanize, says the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.
Malaria threat pervades life in Sierra Leone
The United Methodist Church is part of the effort to distribute more than 3 million insecticide-treated bed nets in the country.
Politics should not overshadow Bush library
United Methodists have reason to be proud the library is at SMU, says the Clinton Center’s coordinator.
Illuminating the Bible: A Labor of Love
For 23 years, James Pepper has crafted the Scriptures in calligraphy, with intricate illustrations, His is one of few handwritten Bibles in 500 years.
Pastor jailed for backing young immigrants
The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith could have posted bail, but decided to stay behind bars until the DREAM Act gets a vote.
Prisoners rebuild camp, self-esteem
The work-release program teaches nonviolent offenders “they can earn the trust of others again.”
Mother pays highest price of malaria
This week 320,000 nets went to families in Sierra Leone. Frances Beecher lost her 2-year-old to a mosquito bite and vowed to use new nets better.
Heartsong UMC hosts interfaith meal
Event promotes tolerance between Christians and Muslims. “If you mingle together and try to know each other, fear of the unknown [leaves].”
UM programs help teens go to college
Getting into college and adapting can be hard, especially for youth from low-income homes. Mentors and financial aid help them succeed.
Immigrant students hope bill opens doors
DREAM Act could change the lives of 800,000 young people. Supporters say this would allow them to join the military or attend college.
Women vote in Sudan elections
United Methodists were among the first in line to register to vote in a referendum on whether the war-torn south will split off from the north.
Students educate peers about HIV/AIDS
A peer network of students at Africa University are teaching others about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent its spread.
Louisiana churches help lead fight against AIDS
Baton Rouge has the third-highest rate of new HIV cases in the U.S. United Methodist leaders offer education about AIDS and free testing.
Teens Skype AIDS Orphans
Via technology, young people in the U.S. partnered with teens in Kenya to raise $30,000. Funds help orphans grow food and start small businesses.
Anti-malaria campaign begins in Sierra Leone
The African nation has the world’s seventh-highest mortality rate for children under 5. Most of those deaths result from malaria.
Church vitality is not just a matter of numbers
Were '50s churches more vital or just bigger? Do we want lives changed or just bills paid? Leader asks if “vitality” in numbers is best.
Co-op ministry cares for rural poor
In an area where unemployment can rise to 70 percent and need is great, a group of United Methodist churches are there to help.
Advent & Christmas Resources 2010
Evoking the wonder of the Nativity
Is the Christmas story literally true, are the angels historical fact? How can you keep a sense of awe, a “rebirth of wonder,” during this season?
People find varied ways to say grace
Although traditions may differ, the blessings offered over Thanksgiving meals will have a common theme: gratitude for God’s many gifts.
Thankfulness matters in times good and bad
Counselor advises us to step back, assess what is good about our lives and count blessings whether things are going well or not.
Native American Teens Stop Smoking
Tobacco use among Native Americans is much higher than in the general population. Now teens in a top tobacco-growing state pledge not to smoke.
Refugees still find shelter at South African church
A Methodist pastor takes chances to care for homeless asylum seekers from Zimbabwe.
Inn offers haven for homeless women
Having a place of their own enables women to change their lives: “I'm like gold: I've been beaten, but I'm going to shine one of these days."
Agency approves change to insurance program
The shift is intended to lower costs and increase liability and property coverage churchwide.
Interfaith Thanksgiving services bridge faiths
Services offer a witness against religious exclusiveness. They “make the doors of all our faith communities appear a little more open.”
Foundation ensures health care for D.C. poor
United Methodists back a Baltimore hospital’s partnership to award grants to groups caring for those in need.
Can Harry Potter save the church?
One young minister says Harry Potter can engage people who are not Christian by reminding us that, among other things, we all need friends.
Simple living not necessarily simple
In a consumer-driven society, survey of clergy and laity finds that using only what is needed to sustain life is a challenge.
Advent 2010: New ways to welcome the Messiah
Resources like “Christmas Gifts that Won’t Break” and “Makin’ Room in the Inn” offer new ways to celebrate the season.
‘Advisory group on steroids’ tackles reform
Connectional Table approves creation of an Interim Operations Team, which will flesh out the Call to Action recommendations.
Transgender pastor urges sexuality debate
A pastor shared his long-kept secret, and thinks the church should talk more about sex and gender. Not everyone shares his opinion.
Church without building offers adventure
Bubble tea, cupcakes and an upcoming “flash mob” for hunger are just a few of the unique experiences offered by one new church start in New York.
SMU breaks ground on Bush Center
Former president tells 3,000 supporters: "Today's groundbreaking marks the beginning of a journey."
Imagine No Malaria has first release of funds
Anti-malaria initiative partners with UMCOR and Global Fund to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
Church TURNS middle school kids around
First UMC knew some students across the street didn’t have food and needed tutors and positive role models. It was their TURN to help.
Laura Bush talks faith at cancer center fundraiser
The former first lady discussed her family’s brush with the disease and how scripture brings comfort in trying times.
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