Breadfruit flour effort aims to enrich Haiti
Despite obstacles, Hennepin Avenue church in Minneapolis works toward innovative project to provide food and jobs.
Methodists cooperate in Haiti’s recovery
Two years after the devastating earthquake, church partners measure progress toward recovery in many ways.
Slideshow: Side by side with Haiti
Two years after Haiti's earthquake, this slideshow revisits the aftermath and recovery efforts. Play and click on “CC” for captions.
Oklahoma church sends Bibles to Congo
United Methodist pastor at General Conference hears story of pastors without Bibles and starts effort to send God’s word.
Cyclists pump up hearts, environment
Creative ministry not only helps homeless people get exercise and job skills, it benefits the environment.
2 big disputes ahead at General Conference
Proposals to restructure agencies and end “guaranteed appointments” for clergy stir reactions across theological spectrum.
Black leaders talk about church changes
Annual forum for church leaders dominated by discussion of impact of proposed changes on African-American congregations.
United Methodists reach out at Christmas
In diverse ways, congregations, conference employees and others shared resources, time and talents to brighten holiday for others.
New report connects farmers, the hungry
Bread for the World’s 2012 hunger report focuses on need to change policy to increase nutritious food production in ways that benefit all.
Board screens out private-prison stocks
Pension board of directors decides profiting from the incarceration of people is not in keeping with church teachings.
Minnesotans add $2 million to malaria fight
Fundraising sets new mark for United Methodist regional conferences as Imagine No Malaria effort total now exceeds $19 million.
Science can help church keep its young folk
Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend offer opportunities to show young people that church door is open to them.
Transforming the lives of African orphans
ZOE Ministry’s work is mutually beneficial, says director, who sees a “glimpse of Jesus” in the lives of the young people.
UMTV: Church Drive-Thru Prayer
Atlanta drivers stuck in rush hour traffic can pull over for some comfort and connection. “I’ve seen tears of joy and restoration.”
Advent Week One: Will we sing with Mary?
The first Advent candle represents hope. Shane Stanford writes that Mary of Nazareth sang about it. Mary of Joplin did, too. Do we?
Advent Week Two: Peace among us
Worshipping with friends in Cuba taught a young pastor, “God sends the Prince of Peace not to be distinct from us but to be one of us.”
Advent Week Three: Season of Joy
Joy is not a given for everyone. But believing and understanding the meaning of Advent can bring joy in the midst of despair or loss.
Advent Week Four: A Season of Love
“Love isn’t just a feeling — it’s about going to difficult places … standing with those who are hurt. We need this kind of love today.”
Could you dry up the Rio Grande?
A couple shares an emotional quest for Visa approvals that would allow them to visit their children in the U.S. for Christmas.
Church changes fan fury into charity
St. Louis church asks Cardinals fans who are angry at Albert Pujols to bring their jerseys to the church for a Recycle Five Drive.
Top UMC Videos of 2011
From TV stars to missionaries, United Methodists showed the role faith plays in their journey. And how they share that faith with others.
Speaking of hope with Rudy Rasmus
Pastor of a congregation that includes over 3,000 homeless speaks of “the possibility that tomorrow just might be better than the day before.”
Who is Santa Claus?
St. Nicholas, known for his generosity, dedicated his life to obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor.”
UMTV: Honey Dudes Do Good
Single moms and widows in one town can give their “honey do” list to the Honey Dudes and get a free helping hand with household repairs.
‘AIDS-free generation’ in sight
On World AIDS Day 2011, United Methodists embrace the call to end the global AIDS pandemic.
Stigma kills as effectively as AIDS
As we recognize World AIDS Day, people testify that “worse than having HIV and AIDS is the way people treat you.”
The Rev. Shane Stanford: Living with HIV
He kept a secret until he was ordained, then some churches turned their backs. “I wasn’t so much upset with God as much as with God’s people.”
Inside Jerry Sandusky’s church
Reporter meets members seeking peace from the alleged abuse, from the media and from questions like “Is there something I could have done?”
UMTV: Youth Share Thanksgiving Meals
“I was taught at this church that everybody is family.” Young people prepare turkey dinners with a side of caring for elderly neighbors.
Black Friday becomes Bless Friday
Serving rather than shopping the day after Thanksgiving? “We want to begin our Christmas celebration by serving others just as Jesus did."
Food pantry serves homeless, hungry teens
Youth pantry serves ages 14 to 21. Anyone older is served once, and then directed to other food resources in the area.
UMTV: Jamming for Hungry
Thanks to good cooks and a bumper crop of wild berries, some food banks are offering sweet treats in addition to the usual staple items.
Hunger continues to plague Horn of Africa
UMCOR, Church World Service among aid groups providing emergency and long-term relief to drought-stricken region.
Occupy ‘astonishing opportunity for clergy’
Seattle pastor pepper-sprayed by police urges colleagues to see ‘pulpit now in streets’ and share Gospel through pastoral care.
Free meals nourish struggling students
Campus minister helps run café with meals at no cost so students won’t be forced to choose between books and food.
$90 million budget advised for bishops
The 2013-16 budget request for the Episcopal Fund represents about a 4 percent decline from the previous four years.
Young chefs feed needy pets
‘Kids on a Mission’ bake treats to fill a food pantry just for needy animals so struggling families can keep their beloved pets.
UMTV: Feeding People And Pets
Volunteers delivering food to their needy neighbors made an addition to their ministry after noticing they gave part of their meal to their pets.
Book of Discipline now free online
The 2008 edition can be read and searched on the web for no charge. It is the most current statement of United Methodist Church law and practice.
Japan relief efforts pay off
United Methodist congregations find unique ways to show their concern after the March earthquake/tsunami in Japan.
Philippine clergywomen celebrate gains
Hoping for a woman bishop and more opportunity, women pastors in the Philippines ‘lift up, level up and lead on’ as their numbers grow.
Peace in Sudan, peace everywhere
One of the Lost Boys, Michael Kuany remembers ‘people he left behind’ as he works to rebuild peace in South Sudan through new interfaith school.
Women, clergypersons of color earn less
Study finds that race and gender do play a role in clergy salaries – but for different reasons. What is the largest differentiating factor?
Zimbabwe project welcomes ex-prisoners
Prison Fellowship works with churches to reach out to recently released to provide a church home for re-entry.
Dinner and a show delight homeless
Homeless dine with dignity as church members serve and socialize. "They need to know people care and feel like they have a family."
United Methodists give flood survivors hope
Volunteers, case managers and canvassers ease physical, emotional load for those affected by April 2010 disaster in Tennessee.
Bishops vow to uphold same-sex union ban
Council of Bishops’ letter is first response after statements by United Methodist clergy willing to bless such unions and by clergy opposed.
Lazarus Project offers military families refuge
As the U.S. marks Veterans Day, learn about a project that provides support for those dealing with isolation, stress, and PTSD.
Artificial limbs change Sierra Leone lives
Recipient loses leg when rebels attack village and invade his home but regains life through United Methodist-supported program.
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