Bishops face challenge on same-sex unions
In states where gay marriage is legal, United Methodist leaders focus on upholding church law while encouraging dialogue and respect.
Pastors bike through Congo to bring hope
Two pastors – one from Africa, one from the U.S. – journeyed into remotest Congo to minister to those still suffering from civil war.
Court upholds pastor’s right to accept members
Even if the decision is based on sexuality, clergy have the power to determine membership, the Judicial Council rules.
Pastor’s trip provides shoes for students
A Filipino pastor brought paper feet and prayers to the U.S. to show the plight of seminary students who lack shoes.
Reformation Day celebrates common faith
On Oct. 31, we remember the day Luther nailed his list of demands for reform on the Castle Church door, beginning the Reformation.
Dillard University overcomes Katrina
School president credits disaster planning and The United Methodist Church for Dillard’s recovery.
Awards honor United Methodist storytellers
Group recognizes compelling work and announces its “Communicator of the Year.”
Young people help “rethink mission”
Meeting on the 100th anniversary of the World Missionary Conference, participants want more teens to seek out mission opportunities.
Adversaries urge prayer for religious freedom
Board of Church and Society and The Confessing Movement share concern for persecuted Christians.
Despite benefits, few have been on a mission trip
Barna study finds that most describe mission as a life-changing. Yet, only about 10% of Americans have ever participated in a trip.
What would be on Jesus’ resume?
Carpenter, healer, savior of the world ... would you hire him?
Can church tackle Sunday football?
What if the UMC stole a page from the NFL playbook and created a “Sunday ticket” for fans of worship? Admission is free!
First impressions matter to church guests
Can your church compete with Starbucks, McDonald’s or a nice, cozy bed?
Voice of faith crucial to young gays
The church has long been conflicted over homosexuality, but a recent rash of suicides shows the need for compassion remains.
New congregation growth reaches half-way mark
Board of Global Ministries program has started 210 churches, expanding the denomination’s reach in Asia and Africa.
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