Co-op ministry cares for rural poor
In an area where unemployment can rise to 70 percent and need is great, a group of United Methodist churches are there to help.
Louisiana churches help lead fight against AIDS
Baton Rouge has the third-highest rate of new HIV cases in the U.S. United Methodist leaders offer education about AIDS and free testing.
Teens Skype AIDS Orphans
Via technology, young people in the U.S. partnered with teens in Kenya to raise $30,000. Funds help orphans grow food and start small businesses.
Anti-malaria campaign begins in Sierra Leone
The African nation has the world’s seventh-highest mortality rate for children under 5. Most of those deaths result from malaria.
Church vitality is not just a matter of numbers
Were '50s churches more vital or just bigger? Do we want lives changed or just bills paid? Leader asks if “vitality” in numbers is best.
People find varied ways to say grace
Although traditions may differ, the blessings offered over Thanksgiving meals will have a common theme: gratitude for God’s many gifts.
Thankfulness matters in times good and bad
Counselor advises us to step back, assess what is good about our lives and count blessings whether things are going well or not.
Evoking the wonder of the Nativity
Is the Christmas story literally true, are the angels historical fact? How can you keep a sense of awe, a “rebirth of wonder,” during this season?
Native American Teens Stop Smoking
Tobacco use among Native Americans is much higher than in the general population. Now teens in a top tobacco-growing state pledge not to smoke.
Refugees still find shelter at South African church
A Methodist pastor takes chances to care for homeless asylum seekers from Zimbabwe.
Inn offers haven for homeless women
Having a place of their own enables women to change their lives: “I'm like gold: I've been beaten, but I'm going to shine one of these days."
Agency approves change to insurance program
The shift is intended to lower costs and increase liability and property coverage churchwide.
Interfaith Thanksgiving services bridge faiths
Services offer a witness against religious exclusiveness. They “make the doors of all our faith communities appear a little more open.”
Can Harry Potter save the church?
One young minister says Harry Potter can engage people who are not Christian by reminding us that, among other things, we all need friends.
Foundation ensures health care for D.C. poor
United Methodists back a Baltimore hospital’s partnership to award grants to groups caring for those in need.
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