World refugee count at 15-year high
Church agency, refugee programs look for more local congregations to assist with U.S. resettlement.
Rural churches a unique start for young clergy
Many first-time clergy learn the ropes at small rural churches, but those churches often feel they lose their pastors too soon.
160 join Alabama immigration law discussion
First of four planned gatherings in North Alabama Conference takes up specifics of law and how to respond.
Church honors those lost in Iraq, Afghanistan
Ribbons with the names of the 6400 Americans killed line the church lawn. "We want them to know their loved one is remembered with gratitude."
Church creates its own social network
Private social network allows pastor and congregation to connect more than just one hour on Sunday.
Church once more faces homosexuality divide
General Conference 2012 to take up debate as DeLong case split verdict and penalty highlight church struggle.
N. Alabama organizes immigration discussions
Bishop Willimon calls the law an “embarrassment to state” that “does not represent spirit of hospitality of our churches.”
Faith UMC waits for Minot flood to recede
Congregation has prayer service on front steps before water flooded building; no rebuilding expected.
Agency looking for a few (million) good men
Mission projects and ‘male bonding’ may be better ways to bring men to church than Bible study or contemporary worship.
N.D. floodwaters overwhelm Faith Church
Church members help others evacuate as predictions for water levels go 10 feet higher than expected.
Lesbian elder’s penalty takes different path
20-day suspension, process to ‘restore the broken clergy convenant’ a departure from penalities of past 20 years.
Few clergy lose credentials in public cases
Overview of actions taken in six public cases of United Methodist clergy accused of violations of discipline or church law.
Church copes with storms, racial allegations
In the aftermath of two devastating tornadoes, accusations of racial prejudice damage an Alabama church even more.
Phil Campbell changed Phil Campbells
Shared name brought them together but disaster bonded them in life-changing effort to rebuild.
U.N. to look at rights of older persons
Convention needed to highlight discrimination against growing elderly population, United Methodist says.
Do u txt @ church?
A Missouri church engages its members through technology – even during the sermon.
United Methodists help evacuate Minot
Local congregation braces to lose food pantry when river overflows.
Hospices meet people needs with pet care
Pet Peace of Mind cares for pets and finds foster homes for them while their owners are in hospice.
DeLong Church Trial coverage
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Leadership change on tap for world Methodists
Freeman to retire as conference meets Aug. 4-8 in Durban, South Africa.
DeLong Church Trial: Questions and answers
She faces charges of violating church laws regarding homosexuality. A church trial is a ‘a last resort’ if a resolution can’t be reached.
Juneteenth: Bringing joy to all
A young man’s perspective on the holiday that remembers the end of an era of oppression.
Trial of lesbian elder gets under way
The Rev. Amy DeLong expresses no regrets although she faces the possibility of defrocking.
It takes someone special to be a dad
As Father’s Day approaches, people share on Facebook how dads nurture their faith and enrich their life.
Gandhi urges graduates to ‘transform Africa’
Arun Gandhi tells 350 Africa University graduates to turn their knowledge into wisdom.
Volunteers Adopt Hospice Pets
Deacon recruits foster parents for pets when owners are dying. “People want to help because they wonder, ‘What would happen to my pets?’”
Network empowers young African women
In Sierra Leone, gender and age barriers keep young women from leadership roles. A new network aims to break those barriers.
UMCOR aids demining team in Libya
With UMCOR support, ACT Alliance team enters besieged Libyan city to help city try to restore way of life
Lewd tweets offer lessons on sexual ethics
Lawmaker’s misstep highlights concern over abuse of power in both church and society.
Clean water saves lives, makes disciples
Four communities in remote Mozambique are praising God and The United Methodist Church for a life-saving well project.
Pastor helps Haitian children cope with grief
A United Methodist pastor uses art therapy to help Haitian children deal with their loss from the 2010 earthquake.
Prison ministry opens doors
After 39 years in jail, Kevin Petty gives advice on ministering to inmates: “Each has different needs. Be patient, loving, and nonjudgmental."
Calling all Phil Campbells!
Alaska United Methodist pastor joins his namesakes to build a Habitat house in tornado-hit Phil Campbell, Ala.
The Holy Spirit: Questions and Answers
Why don’t we talk more about the Holy Spirit? As Pentecost approaches, we explore the Holy Spirit and how it is present and at work within us.
Mass. churches join tornado response
United Methodists offer emergency food, services in wake of severe damage on June 1
Church must ‘measure what we treasure’
Corporate America’s best practices don’t necessarily apply to reinventing The United Methodist Church.
A Holy Spirit Primer
What does it mean to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, particularly in baptism? Find out what the Bible and Wesleyan tradition say.
5 ways to improve clergy health
United Methodist leaders have proposed changes to help pastors relieve stress and to promote overall wellness.
Sierra Leone women condemn tribal divisions
Regional and tribal loyalties are unjust and detrimental to national cohesion, United Methodist Women say.
Church musician sets Guinness World Record
Since 1942, Ida Mae Cumbest has played for more than 10,000 services. Her son credits her: “I don't know anyone that has a vocation for as long.”
Rural Texas church struggles with finances
Archer City congregation wants to attract more youth but has hard time with meeting day-to-day commitments.
Church confronts AIDS — but often timidly
While some United Methodists model acceptance, many HIV-positive people still feel the sting of rejection.
UM school gets firm foundation
Because of two sisters, more than 200 children in Sierra Leone no longer have to attend class outside on sand.
Joplin response shows denomination’s strength
After the deadliest tornado on record, the United Methodist connection is getting people the help and hope they need.
Thirty years later, AIDS stigma remains
United Methodist deacon accompanies HIV-positive people "through the valley of the shadow of death to new hope."
AIDS Awareness Church
“It’s God’s work.” Hollywood UMC supports those with HIV, visits clinic patients. “They can go all day without anything to eat, or a hug, or smile.”
Update: 70 Minn. clergy OK same-sex unions
The clergy released the statement at their annual conference in response to a proposed state constitutional amendment.
Young clergy drawn to social justice
Many young pastors say they went to seminary because of The United Methodist Church’s commitment to serving the marginalized.
Pauley Perrette: Acting on Faith
She’s a TV star, but her church and her faith keep her grounded. “I have Romans12:21 tattooed on my finger. It gave me my power back.”
Panel: Church is too U.S.-centric
Ideas to strengthen global bonds include adopting a new covenant, slimming down the Book of Discipline and looking at church restructuring.
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