How one 9/11 death changed my life
When an Ohio father, husband and church member died on 9/11, his life became an inspiration and reminder to “Give me Jesus.”
Ministering after 9/11: Four stories
Pastors responded to the demands of that day and the needs that followed in different ways, but all moved forward in faith.
New York cop-turned-chaplain recalls 9/11
Former NYPD officer, now United Methodist pastor, says that terrible day in the midst of tragedy taught him the ministry of presence.
Churches face flood, fire in Lee’s wake
UMCOR disaster response puts immediate focus on fire-ravaged Texas where flames continue to burn.
UMCOR’s 9/11 aid lifted Pentagon corridor
The Love in the Midst of Tragedy fund helped ‘secondary’ economic victims in the area pick up the pieces of their lives.
9/11 healing aided by United Methodist funds
Response to the tragedy reshaped how UMCOR responds to major tragedy and established disaster response training.
Pastor seeks peace despite 9/11 hurt
Brother’s death in twin towers only intensifies N.J. pastor’s lifetime of commitment to peace and justice.
When Cross and Crescent Meet
When a Muslim congregation asked to use Woodridge United Methodist Church facilities for worship, it didn't take long for the church to say yes.
The economy, faith and frustration
Staying positive and keeping faith can be difficult for those seeking work in a tough job market.
Planning worship for the 9/11 anniversary
How should 10th anniversary be incorporated into worship without inappropriately focusing on patriotism or reopening old wounds?
Inland flooding prolongs misery of Irene
Irene leaves significant damage behind in Upper New York, Greater New Jersey; areas of Vermont are still unreachable.
Young Malawi churches tackle big issues
Education, ministering to those with AIDS, fighting malaria, scholarships and youth training top Malawi accomplishments.
Chaplain relies on Oklahoma faith family
Marty Barnes tells his conference about comforting a military couple whose newborn died. “You were with me because you nurtured and affirmed me.”
Bishop urges fight against racism
Carcaño tells Hispanic / Latino caucus to recognize racism within as it leads fight against discrimination inflicted by others.
Comeback of the neighborhood church
A growing number of Charlotte churches struggling with decline are now focusing on serving people next door, down the street, up the block.
N.D. flood survivor gives thanks for what is
‘We could be so much worse off,’ insists Minot, N.D. flood survivor now living in camper while she plans future.
Alabama immigration law put on hold
Judge says the hold will give her sufficient time to rule on motions to block the law. Bishop Willimon calls injunction ‘good news.’
United Methodists assess Irene’s toll
The final tally will take days, but ‘we’ve got some areas that were pretty devastated,’ says UMCOR U.S. disaster response chief.
Volunteers bring help to N.D. heartbroken
“I just felt I needed to be a part of sharing Christ wherever I could,” says relief worker who helped homeowner dismantle his home of 32 years.
Homeless flood survivors race winter
Though no longer in the headlines, the situation in North Dakota remains dire. “It’s the worst flooding they’ve had in more than 100 years.”
Remembering Martin Luther King’s legacy
Opening of MLK Memorial, the first in the area dedicated to a non-president and an African-American, is a pivotal moment in U.S. history.
‘Broken’ Minot church, community lean on faith
Residents keep faith despite scarce housing, looming winter and little help as they struggle to clean up from seven weeks of flooding.
‘White coat’ ceremony signals path to medicine
At United Methodist Meharry Medical College, presenting white coats to first-year students is a time-honored tradition.
Civil rights leaders inspire students
Students find parallels in civil rights struggle to prejudice they face. “We can look at them as role models and know there is hope for change.”
Kenyans suffer in East Africa drought
Relief workers in Kenya try to find long-term solutions to water shortage as failed crops and high food prices threaten millions with starvation.
106-year-old renews baptism for birthday
Jean Christy celebrated her 106th birthday by renewing her baptismal vows Aug. 21 at Andrews United Methodist Church, where she has been a member since she was 12 or 13 years old.
Hope for Inmates
Chaplain champions the HOPE program, a support group in which prisoners write letters to children in Africa and send money for school fees.
Places of worship honor workers on Labor Day
The United Methodist Church’s long history of defending the rights of workers began with its founder, John Wesley.
Could I give away my possessions?
Writer is challenged by her encounter with pastor who gave up her salary and belongings to live on the streets and minister to the homeless.
How many years until you graduate?
To fight mounting student debt, some schools are offering ‘four years and you’re out’ graduation guarantees.
Start of school big recovery step for Joplin
Return to routine — while not the same as before May 22 tornado — reassures churches, students, and families.
Former Nebraska Bishop Monk Bryan, 97, dies
Bishop Bryan served the Nebraska Area as bishop for eight years, remembered for his humor and spirituality.
Meet a growing, ‘Facebooking’ church
Out of the Box Worship Center is one of the fastest growing new-church starts. How has it grown so rapidly? Two words: Social media.
Clergy fear Alabama law imperils ministry
Some Christian leaders believe new legislation criminalizes the biblical mandate to be a Good Samaritan to immigrants.
Deportations Leave Teen Alone
When Jasmine Franco’s parents had to leave the U.S., church friends gave her shelter. Now she is the first in her family to go to college.
Religious tolerance urged in 9/11 discourse
On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, religion communicators want to shape the discourse by modeling civility and accuracy in their coverage.
United Methodists in hunger documentary
Rev. Andy Brock is part of the special. He recommends gleaning to his congregation: “If I preach it, I have to live it too.”
Civil rights pioneer W. Astor Kirk dies
United Methodist layperson fought segregation in church and U.S. society for more than 5 decades.
Call to Action: Defining, creating vitality
The most important question to ask is, "How is our congregation joining Jesus in fulfilling his mission of advancing the Kingdom of God?"
Chaplain remembers fallen helicopter pilot
Higgins served with David R. Carter, one of 29 soldiers killed in Afghanistan. “I’m sorry...there is really nothing else you can say.”
‘Back 2 School BASH’ unites community
Each August, two churches host a party that draws 4,500 people from as far as 60 miles away.
Church community forgives teen vandalism
“After the break-in, members were already talking about forgiving and how God could bring something good out of this,” says the pastor.
African drought brings 1,300 refugees daily
Some walked 30 days across the desert to find shelter at Kenyan refugee camps. It hasn’t rained for more than 2 years.
How churches can stay in touch with students
Congregations celebrate students going off to college. But how can they continue to stay in touch with them while they are away?
Churches get kids reading the Bible earlier
As more children learn to read earlier, some churches are presenting Bibles and introducing them to verses and prayers at a younger age.
Budget cuts on table for General Conference
Constitutional amendments to allow budget adjustments between conference sessions also will go before 2012 meeting.
Women rebuild lives through La. program
Baton Rouge First United Methodist Church takes lead in helping women find productive and faithful lives after jail, recovery programs.
African ‘witch daughters’ get new homes
Missouri Conference project moves shunned Mozambique widows from thatch huts to secure shelter.
Vital churches share common characteristics
Highly effective congregations grow, engage more people in ministry and are more generous in giving to mission, says Bishop Schol.
What Youth 2011 Sacramento meant
‘Thankful’ because it helped me understand what being United Methodist means, says teen from Watsonville, Calif.
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