45 United Methodists in diverse Congress
United Methodist numbers will drop slightly when the most religiously diverse Congress convenes in January.
‘Giving Tuesday’ to keep Christ in Christmas
Amid the bargain-hunting hype, generous givers seek opportunities to feed hungry, fight malaria, offer relief, nurture leaders and more.
A Different Kind of Christmas
Rethink Church shares ways your local church can offer an alternative to those searching for A Different Kind of Christmas.
UMTV: Church Helps Addicts Heal
Former addict Monte Payne aids others struggling to overcome the “spiritual death” of addiction at the same Arkansas church that helped him.
Arkansas program helps addict ‘let go’
‘I lived in the dark, and now I live in the light,’ says Monte Payne, who found hope at Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
A Native American look at Thanksgiving
The Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin explores the past and ways the church and families are seeking healing and hope on this U.S. holiday.
Final Cokesbury Christmas for stores
As United Methodist retail outlets close their doors, shoppers find old favorites and new products for Advent at ‘open house’ events.
Church observes ‘Year of Gratitude’
St. Luke’s year-long practice yields over 20,000 thank you notes and becomes an ‘amazing blessing’ to Oklahoma City congregation.
How to ‘give thanks in all things’
John Wesley realized ‘gratitude was the response to faith in God.’ Find out how being thankful makes even stewardship easier to “swallow.”
12 ways you can fight hunger
From food pantries to walking to buying livestock, there are ways to make a difference every day in the fight to end hunger.
Chuck Knows Church: Liturgical Colors
Ever walk into your Sunday morning worship service and realize the colors have changed around the sanctuary?
Tips to re-energize inactive members
Study shows 82% of new members drop out of church in the first year. What ideas will keep folks involved at your church?
Cokesbury closures challenge seminaries
Theological schools have multiple options for supplying students. But some worry the loss of brick-and-mortar stores will do lasting damage.
Community health workers bring healing
In remote areas of Liberia with few resources, a team of volunteer health workers is often the only way villagers receive medical care.
N.J. church sign points way to storm relief
Drakestown congregation has provided food, shelter and Internet access to those without power in its community.
Ohio church sews quilts of love for Congo ill
Raising money to buy a new plane for Congo ministry wasn’t enough for a congregation that also wanted a personal touch.
Same-sex unions gain support in U.S. elections
United Methodists were on both sides of the issue Nov. 6 as the vote in four states indicated support for same-sex unions.
Reinstated bishop’s next move unknown
The situation is unprecedented. One possibility is that Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe would go to the New Mexico/ Northwest Texas Area.
Top court reinstates ‘retired’ bishop
United Methodist Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe must receive immediate appointment and be restored to full status, Judicial Council rules.
Pastor collects food cards for vets
His initial goal was 150. This year, Randy Davis, himself a vet, hopes to give 10,000 cards to homeless and special-needs veterans in Indiana.
Neighbors help neighbors across NYC
UMCOR-trained early response teams are teaming up with local volunteers to multiply early relief efforts in hard-hit lower Manhattan.
Ads encourage hope after Sandy
The United Methodist Church is spreading a message of hope for Sandy survivors with advertising in major national and regional papers.
Remembering Dakotas native peoples
Minnesota United Methodists hope learning about the past will help work toward reconciliation.
Bees, snails, Moringa trees boost Liberians
UMCOR’s program to teach sustainable agriculture and development makes an economic and health impact for West Africans.
Volunteers: Lifeblood of storm response
After Sandy hit New Jersey, volunteers at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church started serving meals for 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
Slideshow: Church welcomes new bishops
Photos tell the story of the installation, welcoming and itineration of United Methodist bishops around the connection.
The priorities of 14 new bishops
Their challenges — from disaster response to malaria to global conflict — distinguish them, but reaching out to a world in need unites them.
Cokesbury closures leave sense of loss
The United Methodist Publishing House announced a new transition initiative, which will serve customers through online and digital options.
Election Day Communion to promote unity
UM congregations across the U.S. join with other churches in offering a special Eucharist to promote healing after divisive political season.
Homeless after storm, N.J. pastor feeds others
“We needed to provide respite for those who have been bailing water and dealing with the level of destruction in their town,” Bostwick said.
Pastor’s son’s organ donation gifts 19 others
Randy Reese lost his teen, but organ donation eased the grief. “It adds acceptance, when you make a difference in somebody’s life.”
Bishops to gather for closed retreat
Among 125 active and retired bishops attending the event on St. Simons Island are 14 new episcopal leaders, elected this summer and fall.
N.J. church opens doors after storm
Since Hurricane Sandy, volunteers have turned Morrow Memorial United Methodist into a living room, office, play space and kitchen for neighbors.
N.J. struggles to assess storm damage
Bishop focuses concern on human needs, says “our main challenge is 2.4 million people without electricity. Everything is down.”
Fall 2012 Judicial Council roundup
Church’s top court ruled on questions including bishops’ rulings on sexuality issues and whether a bishop can be compelled to retire early.
Judicial Council upholds security of appointment
Church’s top court strikes down legislation that would have weakened job security for clergy.
Winners chosen in student video contest
Malaria fighter faces his son’s battle
Phileas Jusu’s job is to help prevent the spread of malaria, which hit home recently when his own son was stricken with the disease.
Sierra Leone students to fight malaria
Plan is for schoolteachers to train health club members who will spread knowledge to their peers, families and communities.
Pumpkin patch shows church’s spirit
Florida congregation trades scary jack-o-lanterns for some with positive messages like “God hears prayers” and a glowing portrait of Jesus.
Court defers East Africa financial dispute
The Judicial Council hears arguments over handling of church money but postpones the matter until spring.
Religion and Race agency charts new future
Commission on Religion and Race is in conversation with the Commission on the Status and Role of Women about aligning their work.
Civil rights leader urges seminarians to vote
Joseph Lowery told an audience at Gammon Theological School to take part in the U.S. election. “God can turn this country around. God is able.”
UMTV: Police Chaplain’s Wesleyan Ways
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Faith, health best medicine for Memphis
In a group mistrustful of hospitals, churches and faith groups may mean the difference between life and death.
Making an impact on the mission field
Directors for the re-tooled United Methodist Board of Global Ministries asked to provide witness and wisdom for the work ahead.
Food fight in the church kitchen? You bet!
Nashville woman takes on battle against childhood obesity as she transforms the food fare at West End United Methodist.
Tennessee faith groups fight youth obesity
Seventeen percent of children are considered obese. United Methodist churches and agencies want to help change that statistic.
United Methodist up for CNN Hero honor
After caring for her own grandfather, Connie Siskowski founded an organization to help care-giving youth stay in school. Read inspiring story.
Top court has full docket this week
Among 18 items to be considered by United Methodist Judicial Council are guaranteed clergy appointments.
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