Retiree’s sculptures inspire congregation
He hopes his art has meaning for others and wants them to be able to touch it. “I’d like to come back in 10 years and see them worn out.”
‘PhatPastor ’ gains hope after losing big
Too many potlucks had taken a heavy toll. After losing 200 pounds, Richter feels free. “I’ve been captive. I know what it feels like.”
Women share their stories at UN event
The United Methodist Women’s delegation brought attention to the need for greater access to education for women and girls.
Black History Month urges welcome for all
Raised during segregation, the Rev. Hilly Hicks says even as an adult he worried if he would be welcome in all-white congregations.
Church membership tops 12 million
While U.S. membership has continued to shrink, the denomination is experiencing rapid growth globally, especially in Africa and the Philippines.
Online worship attracts seekers
How do you reach those not likely to go to church? One church’s online ‘campus’ has virtual sermons, chats and prayer. "We come to them.”
Young leaders begin new Talbert class
Nine people, ranging in age from 19 to 36, are the first fellows in a program based on Bishop Melvin Talbert’s leadership values.
Civil rights leader Lowery tells sit-in story
Encounters at a diner during efforts to desegregate the U.S. South taught lessons. “Our movement freed white, black, all folks.”
Civil rights icon Lowery launches book
The preacher, and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, shares a lifetime of sermons and speeches.
Many U.S. presidents have Methodist ties
How did leaders from Lincoln to FDR to Obama turn to Wesley’s followers for spiritual and social aid?
FAQ: Why red doors on churches?
For centuries the color has been associated with Protestantism. Many believe the doors Luther posted his Theses on were red.
Camping out at church for fun
One pastor is helping worshipers fight the winter blues with some unusual services. “I wanted to find out if it is OK to laugh in church.”
Supercomputer’s win not trivial to Christians
Watson’s triumph in “Jeopardy!” gives some theologians food for thought. Are humans destined to become obsolete?
Church responds to Côte d’Ivoire crisis
Since the contested election last year, United Methodist leaders have called for peace, provided aid and invited people to be in dialogue.
Exploring black history transcends race
Gil Caldwell wonders: If we don’t study our past failings, how can we celebrate the progress we have made?
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