Churches reach out to veterans
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UMTV: Service Dogs Heal Troops
Veterans dealing with PTSD say training a canine companion "provides a one-time fee for a dog, instead of a lifetime of medication."
UMTV: Church Welcomes Pets
Churches often host a blessing of the animals around Feast of St. Francis Day. One church offers pet adoptions, a prayer hotline and memorials.
Moratorium, study urged on online communion
Group of theologians, pastors, bishops and others agree that the conversation about sacraments and online community will continue.
Offering supports mentoring program
World Communion Sunday is Oct. 6. Program for racial-ethnic seminary students proves Christians have ‘more in common that you ever realized.’
Online communion sparks questions
Larry Hollon says proposal for Internet congregations inspired the ‘constructive conversation’ needed as church evolves in digital age.
Holy Communion: An Overview
As United Methodists across the connection discuss the concept of online communion, read what the church says about this Holy Sacrament.
Bicycle ministry gives wheels and hope
Florida church’s program is a lifesaver for those who can’t afford a car and insurance. “It opened my heart. I got work.”
UMTV: Church Turns Mission Into Members
Pastor of historic church says “recycling people” is key to being vital. “I want to challenge pastors that are in declining congregations.”
Church vitality: Turning mission into members
An aging, urban congregation committed to improving its neighbors’ health and ended up boosting its own vital signs as well.
The ‘mother church’ of U.S. Methodism reborn
The Delaware worship house where Asbury and Coke met reopens its door to regular worship as experiment draws crowds.
Two bishops differ on same-sex union
North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett issues statement asking retired Bishop Melvin Talbert not to officiate at same-sex wedding.
Should churches offer Holy Communion online?
Bishops, scholars, agency executives and pastors will tackle the theological implications of that question when they meet next week.
Help by bucketsful in Colorado flood relief
After record flooding, United Methodists are offering long-term disaster relief. “When one part of the body suffers, all suffer.”
Pastor takes ‘Marvel-ous’ approach to Gospel
Keith Brown’s youth ministry series uses superheroes to teach Bible stories.
Churches ‘star’ in movies, TV shows
Although they’re no strangers to the big screen, United Methodist churches have turned up in an unusual number of films and TV shows this year.
Civil rights leader Evelyn Lowery dies
The wife of Rev. Joseph Lowery, she founded the SCLC/W.O.M.E.N (Women’s Organization for Equality Now) and the Drum Major of Justice Awards.
The story of Amos, the UMCOR truck
Church’s donation served disaster relief for seven years: ‘If you had told me we'd buy a truck for God, I never would have believed it.’
Agency: Health law needs fix for churches
Without the Church Health Plan Act, the future of church-sponsored health plans is in danger, says the United Methodist pension board.
Top court to address gay-related rulings
Rulings on actions by annual conferences regarding church law on homosexuality issues will be considered by the Judicial Council in Oct.
Nominee named to lead Board of Discipleship
The Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias will be presented as the nominee for General Secretary of GBOD at the board’s meeting Oct. 10-12.
Annual conferences join to fight malaria
United Methodists have raised more than $53 million to fight deadly disease. ‘We have malaria on the run; let’s finish the job!’
How do you protect your church property?
When choosing insurance against property loss such as fire, churches should not be penny-wise but pound-foolish.
Messages of hope for Coloradoans
After historic flooding, the church is reaching out to Coloradoans in a variety of ways, including ads expressing concern and support.
UMTV: Ministry of Memory
Archivists explain why record-keeping matters. “We can become this beacon to the church and say, ‘You’ve been there. You’ve done that.’”
Effort underway to boost rural Sierra Leone
A new school building and community toilets are among the first collaborative efforts to improve life in West African nation.
Resources during tragedy or trauma
Coloradoans come to terms with epic floods
“It’s the worst disaster we’ve faced in my time in ministry.” United Methodists across Denver area assess damage and respond to needs.
Saint Paul relocation brings cheers, tears
Historic United Methodist seminary moves from historic working class neighborhood to grounds of Church of the Resurrection.
Hispanic and United Methodist Heritage
September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. The Rev. Arturo Reyna chooses to be “metodista unido.”
Students find a place in campus ministry
Thousands of young adults discover ‘a home away from home’ at United Methodist collegiate ministries.
Maryland church aims for ‘Hunger-free’ ZIP Code
“Our promise is anyone living in 20895 who is hungry will be fed,” says Rev. Andy Snell.
SNAP Challenge raises hunger awareness
Could you live on $4.50 a day? Pledge to live on U.S. food stamps allowance for one week and help raise awareness about food insecurity.
The church and workers’ rights
From its start, the Methodist movement has focused particular attention on the concerns of workers. Read about church causes then and now.
Scout’s Eagle project honors 9/11 victims
Jeff Cox will receive the United Methodist Men’s Good Samaritan Award for his original design that includes steel from the World Trade Center.
UMCOR gives Gaza kids a break from conflict
Camp activities and recreational trips supported by Committee on Relief will help children living in ‘perpetual emergency’ enjoy fuller lives.
Intern program honors young man’s mission
They never met in life, but their mission work together gives kids leadership opportunities and helps churches reach out to their neighbors.
Civil rights icon inspired by mother in 1963
Fifty years after appearing in an iconic photo, Edith Lee-Payne marches on Washington again.
Chuck Knows Church: Confirmation
Did you attend Confirmation classes when you were young? Do you know why we confirm young people in the church? Find out from Chuck.
Scams target United Methodists
Church urges peace not force in Syria
Grandparents Day Prayers (Sept. 8)
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Former UMCOR exec’s career of ‘connections’
Tom Hazelwood went to college to run track but the Wesley Foundation inspired him to try ministry. ‘Best decision I ever made.’
‘Promise’ of stability for homeless families
Program helps sustain relationships by letting homeless parents and children stay together in one room. “It gives them some dignity.”
UMTV: Africa’s Miracle Tree
What plant can lower cholesterol, purify the liver, and prevent blindness? Learn how UMCOR helps farmers grow a nutritional powerhouse.
What does the church say about labor unions?
Labor Day is September 2. From its start with John Wesley, the Methodist movement has focused particular attention on the concerns of workers.
Hurricane Katrina recovery continues
Eight years after storm, Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Recovery has served over 500 homeowners with the aid of 15,000 volunteers.
UMCOR’s worst (and best) donations ever
From used tea bags to old cans of paint, responders at the United Methodist Committee on Relief have seen it all. What is best to give?
Methodist History: Supporting Education
Hispanics share dreams for church
MARCHA leaders begin visioning process to develop a plan for moving Hispanic/Latino ministry forward in The United Methodist Church.
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