Donors respond slowly to Pakistan floods
Relief officials say the need in Pakistan is great, but donations are not keeping pace.
Creating quiet spaces
Where do you find sacred space? A new book shares ideas for finding solitude in church, home, work, or retreat settings.
Church schools among ‘best colleges’
Several United Methodist-related schools earned top grades in annual rankings.
Cafe serves poetry, jazz and Jesus
New Covenant UMC’s Joyful Noise Jazz Café transcends race and age barriers by showcasing musicians and poets.
Border school strengthens spirits
United Methodist school in Texas gives Mexican students an opportunity to learn and to grow in faith.
United Methodists address mosque conflicts
Plan to build Islamic center near ground zero presents complex ethical debate.
Jilma Meneses: Helping orphans find homes
After a mission trip to the DRC, attorney Jilma Meneses started an adoption agency in the U.S. "In some countries there are orphans as a result of the spread of AIDS. In DRC, there are orphans because of the war and the brutality that has occurred ... I want these children to have an opportunity."
Reasons teens are avoiding church
Is Facebook really keeping kids from church? Shane Raynor says no one is ever too busy to go to church.
Church growth often requires starting small
Walking, photography, card playing groups help build spiritual community.
UMTV: Renesting After Home Loss
Project pairs interior decorator and volunteers with those in transition to make houses feel homier.
Pakistan floods threaten millions of children
United Methodist partners providing clean water, food, health care.
Couples who share religion happier
Study says African-American couples are more likely to share core beliefs and pray together—factors that have been linked to greater happiness.
Council revives debate over God language
Discussion explores diverse faith terms that bring people closer to God.
The real roots of clergy burnout
A "dis-ease" of soul has plagued pastors for nearly 100 years, according to one writer. Addressing only symptoms does not get to the root.
Global AIDS Fund provides help, comfort
Church support helps AIDS orphans become self-sufficient and eases patients’ final days.
Facebook fans rank favorite hymns
Social media discussion about favorite songs resonates with United Methodists across the church.
United Methodists lose pounds, gain health
Programs promote wellness on step at a time.
Young adults learn the ropes on Capitol Hill
Program brings young people to Washington to learn advocacy process.
Church AIDS work makes a difference
An October conference aims to rejuvenate United Methodist work toward an ‘AIDS-free world.’
Special-needs camps build confidence
Kids, adults with medical challenges find acceptance at U.M. camps.
Small groups give churches room to grow
Intimate gatherings work by connecting people to Christ and each other.
Paddling for a moo-ving purpose
Rob Bean will take a 340-mile trip to help others be self-sufficient. “I’m using canoeing to bring conversation.”
Pastor preaches, plays semi-pro football
Robb McCoy is “Pastor Dawg” to his congregation and “Preacher” to teammates on a semi-pro team. “This is my risk-taking mission.”
Ministry gives unemployed faith
Recruiters, corporate executives and volunteers help people who are out of work and running out of hope.
Church grapples with sexual ethics
A ‘Do No Harm’ training event aims to help leaders better address cases of misconduct.
UMTV: Nursing Detroit to Health
Volunteers staff a free clinic in a nearly abandoned part of the Motor City.
UM aid worker killed in Afghanistan
Daniel Terry spent 40 years of his life helping people in desperate need.
Garden uses Bible plants as teaching tool
Roses, grapevines, even a "burning bush" help visitors learn lessons from Scripture.
Don’t reject Christianity because of Christians
Adam Hamilton says writer Anne Rice is rejecting a particular expression of the Christian faith. "There is another way to be Christian!"
Ruling intensifies debate on homosexuality
Rejection of California’s same-sex marriage ban will add to the debate on how the church ministers to gays and lesbians.
Teen feeds homeless souls
Meredith Medlin delivers lunch, and love, to those who call parking lots and park benches home.
Laugh Your Way to Grace
A lawyer and stand-up comedian discovers the healing and spiritual powers of laughter and answers God’s call to ministry.
‘God’s Call’ camp explores ministry
Counselors offer time and encouragement to help campers consider where God might be leading them.
UMTV: Inmate Gift Fights Malaria
Guy Simpson was in prison but he knew he had the power to help others.
First couple of First Church makes history
Elizabeth Coppedge-Henley and her husband were co-appointed to an urban church. She’s the first woman to serve as senior pastor.
Global event showcases young leaders
Young people from around the world meet in Germany to determine the future – and the present – of the church.
United Methodists aid Pakistan flood victims
UMCOR is coordinating with four partners to help those displaced by the worst floodwaters to hit Pakistan in 80 years.
All work and no play makes clergy unhealthy
Research shows clergy are increasingly unhealthy and unhappy. Experts suggest the simple remedy is taking more time off.
Should we judge art, or the artist?
Ethicists debate how Christians should view the work of misbehaving celebrities.
Silly Bandz spirituality
It may be the latest fad among kids, but one congregation sees this as an opportunity to meet people where they are.
United Methodists raise millions vs. malaria
Lydie Acquah works for malaria prevention in Cote d’Ivoire. She also knows the disease firsthand.
UMC pastor officiates Clinton wedding
Like her mother, Chelsea Clinton is a United Methodist. That’s why she invited Rev. Bill Shillady to be part of her interfaith ceremony on Saturday.
Commentary: When Christians get it wrong
Adam Hamilton says people object to the judgmental and hypocritical attitudes and actions of Christians they know.
Study looks at why people skip church
It’s 9 a.m. Sunday: Do you know where your congregation is? Research reflects stiffening competition for the time of potential worshippers.
‘Theology Pubs’ mix faith, fellowship
Churches reach out to young adults in bars, restaurants.
Scouts turn 100, fight malaria
Reclaiming lay leadership key to revival
Making faithful disciples more important than creating an empire, scholars say.
Summer church camps nurture bodies, souls
United Methodists find mission opportunities in special-interest camps.
Church teams up with marketing firm
One New York congregation decided they needed a marketing strategy to advertise their very non-traditional spirit: “Word up. We’re Open.”
School of Congregational Development webcasts
School brings together church leaders for training on starting new churches and strengthening existing ones. Watch today at 5 pm CT.
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