John Wesley: ‘Take care of yourself’
During Wesley’s life, his most popular publication was a book of medical advice. In his day, clergy provided both spiritual and physical care.
Quiz: Food, health and faith
Find out what you know about the nourishment of our body and soul.
UMTV: Growing Hope in the Philippines
The Dumagat live in an isolated place, threatened by outsiders. The tribe is learning new skills to survive thanks to UMCOR.
Conference gives $100K to rebuild homes
Indiana United Methodists are providing funds and volunteers to build two Habitat houses in the storm-ravaged southern part of the state.
Churches crucial to turn tide of HIV, AIDS
Role of faith groups emphasized as 19th International AIDS Conference evaluates progress, and unfinished business, in mission.
How accessible is your church?
A new disabilities audit will help your congregation assess strengths and weaknesses. “Accessibility is a visible sign of hospitality and welcome.”
Chemical dependency ministry marks 30th year
Oklahoma Conference effort, born out of husband seeking help for wife, now teaches others how to build the same ministry.
‘Space Coast’ church grows disciples
In 4.5 years, a once dwindling Florida congregation has more than tripled its members. “Everyone is plugged in either serving or leading.”
UMTV: Surgeon On A Mission
Dr. Steve Herbst performs surgeries in Nicaragua to serve the poor. “If I don’t use my gift then I’m shorting what I could do for the kingdom.”
Ruling keeps immigrant student’s dream alive
With help from her church and a teacher, Maria was able to go to college and wants to become a nurse: “I believe miracles can happen.”
United Methodist execs seek creative change
Budget cuts, other changes also bring opportunities for church agencies to sharpen focus and shift priorities.
Claremont multifaith plan praised by Africans
African General Conference delegates praise Claremont Lincoln University, which partners Christian, Jewish and Islamic schools.
Teachers honored for exemplary work
Board of Higher Education and Ministry recognizes 50 among United Methodist-related schools for teaching, service and commitment.
How churches can support students
Backpack blessings, celebrations and special liturgies encourage students, teachers and schools as the new year begins.
UM Pastor observes Ramadan
During the holy month, Wes Magruder will fast in solidarity with Muslims. "I have no doubt that Muslims and Christians worship the same God."
Church reaches out after Sikh temple attack
United Methodists in area offer prayers and help as calls for greater dialogue and understanding come from across the nation.
Traveling VBS teams fill need for volunteers
Like a traveling circus, college students take VBS on the road, running Bible schools at churches that struggle to find enough leaders.
Indiana volunteers take VBS on the road
Edwardsville United Methodist volunteers provide ‘Construction Junction’ for children in tornado-stricken Henryville.
Minot, North Dakota: Faith Stays Afloat
The United Methodist Church offers one of the largest camp and retreat networks, with 220 centers serving a million people a year.
UMVIM team finishes church in Zimbabwe
Bishop Taylor visited a church in Africa that had outgrown its building, but lacked resources to expand. The people of SC responded.
Chicago church puts faith into action
Church takes hands-on approach to dealing with social issues endangering neighborhood. “We have to be a light in that community.”
Cheyenne get UMCOR grant after wildfire
After fire consumed a quarter of their land, residents are struggling to recover from losses of homes, cars, livestock and water access.
Ministry feels the pain of Northern Cheyenne
Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 still alive as Wyoming United Methodist church workers try to develop trust with massacre descendants.
United Methodist Olympian credits faith
With hard work and support from his church, Jeremy Scott overcame injuries to make the team. “Everybody’s prayers, my own prayers helped.”
UMTV: Grace House Heals Families
Church turns home across the street into a place of hope for families in transition. “Everybody needs a little jump start once in a while.”
Methodists join in Olympic dreams
‘It turns out many British Methodists are just as excited as I am about the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games,’ says United Methodist pastor.
Creating strong support systems at church
To minimize gaps in pastoral care, borrow wisdom from two industries that live or die by processes: engineering and air traffic control.
Bledsoe appeals removal as bishop
Bishop challenges the constitutionality of provision used to place him on involuntary retirement.
Western Jurisdiction: Gay issue stand wrong
Grassroots movement OK’d to challenge bishops, clergy, laity, local churches to operate as if law book statement “does not exist.”
Pastor mourns friend killed in Aurora shooting
Denver-area pastor helps others in Aurora theater tragedy as she comes to grips with loss of someone she knew well.
Five conferences merge to become two
South Central Jurisdiction approves the cost-saving merger of two Texas-based conferences and joining of two Kansas and Nebraska conferences.
228 years of bishops in Methodist tradition
The precedent was set in 1784 for elections that have evolved and been modified throughout the years since.
U.S. bishops elected, assigned for 2012-16
United Methodists also place a bishop on involuntary retirement and respond to shooting in Colorado.
South Central elects final bishop
Mike McKee becomes final bishop and third Texan elected. With his election, all 11 of the current openings for U.S. bishops have been filled.
Aurora community gathers for prayer
United Methodists join others in prayer for victims, survivors of theatre shooting rampage in Colorado.
Prayers for healing after Colorado shootings
Facebook prayer wall reaches out to those affected by recent tragedy, and features ad in today’s Denver Post from The United Methodist Church.
Jurisdiction affirms Bledsoe’s removal
By 208 to 45 vote, South Central delegates support the episcopacy committee’s decision to compel bishop’s early retirement.
Committee votes to retire Bledsoe as bishop
Bledsoe said he will pray before deciding whether to appeal to the Judicial Council the committee’s decision to involuntarily retire him.
Conferences reject church’s stance on gays
Rejecting the denomination’s stance on gay rights and same-sex marriage were important issues for at least 15 annual conferences.
What goes on a bishop’s report card?
Since 2008, The United Methodist Church’s law book has required formal evaluations of the denomination’s bishops.
Conferences talk bishops, focus areas
United Methodist U.S. annual (regional) conferences and central conferences tackle a variety of issues during 2012 meetings.
‘Give Back’ aids United Methodist church
Minneapolis’ North United Methodist building gets upgrades, thanks to real estate-sponsored program.
‘Pilgrims’ find calling in Ukraine mission
A friend reflects on the work of a United Methodist missionary and his wife after a tragic accident injures that missionary and kills two others.
Tips for welcoming, not smothering visitors
Be ready to greet folks who come to your church this weekend, but remember there is a fine line between being friendly and pushy.
Religious life thriving on campus
Diversity accounts for new religious awakening at college level, say authors of ‘No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education.’
Sierra Leone celebrates life of evangelist
107-year-old ‘Pa’ Ndanema remembered as a simple, humble man who lived his life among the people of eastern Freetown he served.
Two die in Ukraine roof collapse
United Methodist volunteer, Ukrainian student fatally injured; missionary seriously hurt.
Africa U. students become mission interns
United Methodist generosity provides education and improves future of many young people.
United Methodists open doors in disasters
From Colorado to the Atlantic coast, churches have worked to help those suffering in the clutches of the summer of 2012.
Burton to leave women’s commission
United Methodist Commission on Status and Role of Women plans search for new top executive.
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