Black clergy address unique concerns
At convocation, pastors discussed the times when, like Elijah, they felt like hiding in a cave.
Church court takes up membership, marriage
The Judicial Council again faces a request to reverse a ruling allowing a pastor to bar a gay man from joining his congregation.
United Methodist students evacuate Cairo
Facing increasing violence and unrest, United Methodists studying in Egypt have fled the country and returned home.
Good, glean fun helps hungry
Volunteers from Gold Canyon UMC pick about 48 tons of excess fruit every season for local agencies and food banks.
University Senate okays online education
Seminarians seeking ordination may now complete up to two-thirds of their classes online at an approved school.
Church begins ‘radical experiment’
Members are encouraged to commit to daily prayer, study, worship, tithing and service for a year to deepen their relationship with God.
33 retired bishops urge end to gay clergy ban
The denomination’s current policy is costing the church both members and leaders, the group says.
Every heart inclined to both good, evil
Evil is often not as dramatic as the Tucson shootings, and we all have the capacity to choose it.
Rasmus’ Church Growth Tips
Pastor Rudy’s challenge: make the most of 52 Sundays a year. His church grew from 9 members to 9,000. The secret: “Don’t bore ‘em!”
Students offer hugs at Westboro protest
Rather than fight a “hate” group with more hate, United Methodists at American University protested with poetry and hot chocolate.
United Methodists caught in Egypt protests
New Jersey group felt God’s presence during harrowing hours in Cairo. “We prayed for the Egyptian people,” said the Rev. Vicki Miller Brendler.
Church urged to keep focus on poverty
An international aid specialist encourages United Methodists to strengthen the church’s ministry with the poor.
Pastor helps neighborhood heal
Rev. Annalee Allen has worked to reopen a dying church in a dangerous area, teaching members to serve the community they once feared.
Stopping church sexual abuse takes training
United Methodists can do better than what the law requires in preventing and reporting predatory behavior, church leaders say.
Man begins mission work at age 90
Rather than relax, Kenneth Kruger volunteered to work in Chile, Belize and Costa Rica. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to do something.”
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