Bishop’s retirement reversal sets new path
Vow of North Texas’ Bledsoe takes conference and church into waters uncharted as episcopal elections loom.
Vital church connects with community
Reaching out to Hispanic residents and holding a community breakfast are ways a Maryville church is doing mission in their own backyard.
Conferences voice support for gays
United Methodists are meeting in annual conferences this summer to decide policy and budgets for their regions.
Bishop calls for end to Chicago violence
U.S. gun deaths are on the rise. Jung asks for “violence interrupters” to mediate disputes and for churches to “pray and act to stop the shooting.”
Top 10 mobile apps for church leaders
These mobile apps will help leaders be more productive by simplifying ordinary tasks and providing instant access to information on the go.
Religious liberty, the church and the pill
United Methodists differ on whether the contraception-coverage mandate violates the free exercise of religion.
Retired pastor supports young, new clergy
Western Pennsylvania mentoring program aims to fight the stress and burnout first-time clergy often face.
Bishop Earl Bledsoe stepping down
North Texas bishop announced in a videotaped message that he will retire effective Aug. 31, after serving only one term.
CBS highlights interfaith AIDS action
“HIV & AIDS: Awareness & Compassion” will be broadcast June 17 and features The United Methodist Church’s work on AIDS prevention.
Peace with Justice grant builds Hispanic leaders
Young leaders are eager to be advocates for change. “We want to work for God and make a difference outside of the church.”
Launching a Christian singles ministry
Find tips on providing never-married, divorced, separated and widowed adults and single parents opportunities to bond and grow in faith.
Battle against addiction moves to classroom
A United Methodist university program will combat one of “nation’s most widespread and destructive problems.”
Clearing way for young to answer God’s call
“We know that vital congregations require vital clergy leaders.” Young Clergy Initiative summit seeks to remove roadblocks in path to ministry.
UMTV: Photographer’s Ministry with Poor
"The poor don’t have the luxury of giving up." Missionary Paul Jeffrey finds God in the field. “I’m continually evangelized by the poor.”
Twelve ways to observe Memorial Day
Churches in the U.S. find a wide variety of ways to honor fallen veterans. “Remember, that was a person who had … dreams and desires.”
Joplin one year later: Moving forward
Tornado victims remembered as Missouri city rebuilds with assistance from United Methodist donations, volunteers.
Aldersgate Day marks Wesley’s conversion
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United Methodists ‘critical’ in malaria fight
U.S. Global Malaria coordinator says UMC set “the high bar, the standard, in how to engage as a faith-based organization.”
Survey finds clergy’s worries add on pounds
Pension and health board reports United Methodist clergy exercise more than other U.S. adults do but still have more medical issues.
Volunteers change world in 1,500 places
Fun runs, block parties, picnics, malaria fundraisers—and more—connected United Methodists to their communities.
Finding God in unexpected places
Denver encounter with a homeless man reminds traveler that ‘we all have a hole in our soul.’
Bridging the poverty gap
Taking on the role of someone in poverty gives participants in the Circles Initiative a different perspective on how to help.
Young adults + social media = future UMC
More than 150 participate in May 14 tweetup to chat about GC2012 and where the church goes from here.
12 lessons from 12 General Conferences
Rich Peck has seen a lot of history and worn a lot of hats in five decades attending General Conference.
Pastor mixes faith, life in online ministry
After a medical scare, Scott Carnes learned the digital divide is not as wide among older and younger church members as often is presumed.
5 Congo siblings capture hearts
Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, brought “O Happy Day” spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service.
Avoiding church signs that make people cringe
What should a good church sign do? Here is a list of blunders, as well as some ideas for messages that are inviting and inspiring.
Facing Global AIDS
Global AIDS Fund puts a face on HIV and AIDS. “If we personalize the pandemic, people may move from indifference to involvement.”
United Methodists ready to Change the World
More than 1,500 congregations, charges, districts and conferences around the globe take the church into the community.
GC2012: 40 more sent to mission service
Worldwide church gathers at General Conference as church sends new people to witness for God throughout the world.
Missionaries: Sent forth to serve
In this video, four missionaries talk about their calling and ministries. We participate in their service through our prayers and our financial support.
Kids can Change the World
As you plan mission projects this weekend, include the children in your congregation by tapping into their natural abilities as risk-takers.
Wenner’s ‘stepping stones’ to bishop
German episcopal leader and new council president always felt welcome in the UMC.
It’s the time of the season for meeting
Every four years, United Methodists have a hectic spring and summer full of annual and jurisdictional conference meetings.
GC2012: She’s been at the last 18 assemblies
Louise Short at 106 “just can’t understand all the attention given me” as she receives ovation of General Conference.
Remember maternal health on Mother’s Day
Mothers are vital to families and communities, but many women struggle to have healthy pregnancies and births.
UMTV: Bar Church Serves All
Pubs provide alternative to traditional church. "Jesus never said, 'If you need me, I'll be in the temple.' He was always out in the world."
Welcome to the 21st century
At GC2012, “the 20th century United Methodist Church ran headlong into the 21st century United Methodist Church,” says Larry Hollon.
Week 2: GC2012 flurry of motions, ministry
Frustrated by not voting on major restructure legislation, some felt as if GC2012 accomplished nothing. That’s not the case.
Bishop’s dad whittles the ark of GC2012
Jim Bickerton’s hands were never idle even while he served as a volunteer marshal during plenary sessions.
Week 1: GC2012’s ‘slow’ week still busy
Delegates to The United Methodist General Conference considered 1,200 petitions as they prayed, praised and protested.
GC2012: Starting along the path of repentance
The 2012 United Methodist General Conference takes time to reflect on injustices inflicted by the church on indigenous peoples.
The plan for congregational vitality
‘Seeing the world as our parish, and seeing the individuals in that world as potential disciples,’ says Bishop Thomas Bickerton, ‘is the key to a revitalization.’
GC2012: Covenant for a worldwide church debuts
Dreams and hopes offered for The United Methodist Church to live out its true worldwide nature.
Do we understand how the church works?
Evidence and experience point to knowledge gap separating members from the official stands and policies of the church.
Congregation offers vital ministries
Native American Ministries Sunday is this weekend. When you give to this special offering, you support congregations like Sacred Pathways.
Pan-Methodist vote set for GC2012
Approval of agreement would mean ‘full communion’ with five African-American Methodist denominations.
Guest bloggers discuss issues
Delegates and other church leaders across the connection comment on some of the major items before the lawmaking body.
Bishops urged to bring peace to GC2012
Council of Bishops president says more anxiety precedes this General Conference than any in recent history.
GC2012: Where views on marriage differ
Lawmaking body will take up petitions that argue for traditional marriage between man and woman and petitions that urge a new definition.
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