Book applies prayer to world problems
United Methodist pastor’s book moves mission of international effort to relieve human suffering to daily deeds.
From ‘borderline bordello’ to the pulpit
For much of his life, Rudy Rasmus profited from others’ pain and sin. Now he tries to save them from it.
College students fight human trafficking
Wesley Foundation at Florida International leads helps others to understand this ‘modern-day slavery’ could happen on any campus.
Melissa Crutchfield: A Role in Relief
UMCOR team member recalls how the Haiti earthquake changed her. “It was the perfect storm, personally and professionally.”
Haiti moves forward after earthquake
Three years later, United Methodist recovery efforts help re-house over one million, and look toward long-term development.
Remember your baptism
Baptism of the Lord Sunday on Jan. 13 calls United Methodists to renew their commitment to discipleship through ritual and remembrance.
Chaplain to serve on Appalachian Trail
26-year-old Josh Lindamood will be first United Methodist to provide ‘spiritual presence to hikers‘ along famous passageway.
UMTV: Chaplain Comforts Wounded Warriors
Laura Bender cheers from the sidelines at Warrior Games. She knows troops deal with physical and emotional wounds. “War changes everyone.”
Caregivers need care after traumatic events
Clergy who volunteer as crisis care responders often find themselves needing a shoulder to lean on.
Chuck Knows Church: The Offering Plate
Do you know the history of taking up an offering?
Reflections on Epiphany
January 6th is also known as the Day of the Kings, Twelfth Day or Twelfth Night. The Magi brought gifts to Jesus. What can you offer God?
Sunday Supper events reach out to military
Seeking new ways to honor veterans and to embrace military families, United Methodist congregations share special plans for Jan. 20 and beyond.
UMTV: Church Meal for Military
Congregation supports families of deployed soldiers. “To know someone’s wrapped their arms around their family is just a tremendous thing.”
2012: Church outreach up despite fewer funds
Despite budget cuts, program agencies say ‘thanks’ for the support, recall accomplishments and look ahead to 2013-16.
United Methodists of note who died in 2012
Bishops, agency leaders, evangelists and political leaders among those United Methodists who filled their lives with contributions.
Christmas Greetings from Bishop Wenner
A young girl in Germany reminds us of important message. “Christmas happens today! Jesus joins us right where you and I are.”
UMTV: Trash Trees for Christmas
New York church goes green not evergreen. The non-traditional trees get attention. “This must be a really quirky place. People must be fun here.”
Home for Christmas? Not for border families
For those torn apart by immigration issues, the wire mesh fence between the U.S. and Mexico is the site of tears and ‘communion.’
2012: A year’s worth of disasters
As pain stretched across continents and touched some places already damaged, United Methodists throughout the connection responded.
2012: The year in pictures
View images from around the world of the church in action from the United Methodist News Service archives.
2012: Judicial rulings play big role
The actions of the denomination’s top court were felt and debated throughout the connection.
Newtown pastor sees pain as path to healing
The Rev. Mel Kawakami reflects on the hurt in his community as he shepherds his flock through anguish of school shootings.
United Methodists honor Inouye’s service
U.S. senator “demonstrated the highest ideals of what it meant to serve the country as well as to serve the public,” says bishop.
Grief transcends faith boundaries in Newtown
Religious community of Connecticut area comes together with governor and President to lead the healing process after horror of shootings.
A Sunday of tears and comfort in Newtown
After the horrors of school shooting, nothing seems right until a congregation comes together to ask, “In our trials, Lord, walk with us.”
Coping in aftermath of school shootings
Newtown UMC members have a passionate history of reaching out in mission, but now finds the world’s attention and caring focused on its own Connecticut community.
Church serves as help site in shooting wake
Newtown United Methodist, near the scene of Friday’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut, is serving as a Red Cross respite center.
East Africa treasurer responds to audits
Charles Bamutya’s public response follows move to set a lower salary for his bishop until accounting issues are resolved.
2012: Hunger spiked when disaster struck
Whether natural or economic, disasters have driven up need for food assistance this year.
Malaria partnership all about nets
Great Plains and Zimbabwe East conferences celebrate joint efforts as they prepare to distribute 22,000 malaria nets.
‘Blue Christmas’ service reaches out
“There’s pain and uncertainty in the Christmas story itself.” Colorado church offers service to acknowledge range of emotions during holidays.
Christmas giving blesses giver, receiver
At United Methodist alternative-giving markets, shoppers find that compassion, not consumerism, is the best way to honor the Christ-child.
Typhoon lessons learned in Philippines
Focus on disaster risk reduction by UMCOR and others paid off when Typhoon Bopha struck Dec. 4.
Four years after fire, church has new life
After lightning destroyed their home, congregation worked through ‘identity crisis’ to experience its ‘very own resurrection.’
UMTV: Missionary’s Global Calling
Romeo del Rosario has served for decades, speaks 9 languages, and credits call to missionaries in Philippines. “God leads me all the way.”
Malaria fighters convene on Capitol Hill
Advocates from 29 states, 40 conferences meet with members of Congress to advocate global health funding. Read details of their visit.
‘Queen’ reigns over Liberian hospital
In addition to her duties as warehouse assistant at Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Ester Deline also serves as Ganta’s ‘queen.’
Road took many turns to hospital chaplaincy
After her parents became ill, biology teacher felt called to minister by nurturing ‘the presence of God in the daily life of the hospital.’
Ethnic diversity critical to church future
Commission on Religion and Race gathering draws cross-section leaders to talk about how to help nourish vital, multicultural congregations.
5 Tips to Promote Church Giving
Video offers ideas and inspiration to motivate your congregation to contribute, and be an active part of the United Methodist connection.
Conferences push malaria goal past $26M
Imagine No Malaria advocacy days on Capitol Hill begin as 100 United Methodists head out to make case for continued global health funding.
UMTV: Special Needs Service
Church “no-shush” policy lets adults with developmental delays participate in worship. “They can be themselves. They are children of God.”
‘Handicapable’ ministry makes impact
Dec. 3 is U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Read how church includes special needs worship services in unique program.
Agency lowers East Africa bishop’s salary
Unprecedented action will remain in place until Bishop Daniel Wandabula and his office are in full compliance following audit.
Chuck Knows Church: Advent Wreath
This weekend Advent begins. Learn the meaning of the five candles of the wreath and how they celebrate the ‘adventus’ or coming of Christ.
After Sandy, thousands know church cares
10,000 meals from one church, 4,000 cleaning buckets to one town show inestimable support. “You have restored my faith in humanity.”
UMTV: Mother-Son AIDS Journey
Heidi Simon credits church family for support. “If everybody knew what we knew about God being with us there wouldn’t be any problems.”
Ministry changes perception of AIDS
Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. Program addresses the misinformation that still exists, and helps churches be ‘safe havens’ for those affected.
UMTV: Church Salutes Veterans
Vets and families honored with notes, photos, and more on Veterans Day. “This event means everything…you can’t thank them enough.”
Church honors veterans’ stories of valor
Mother remembers 19-year-old son and families write thank-you notes for those who “put their lives on the line” during Veterans Day service.
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