Economist calls for justice in work force
“Are we actually living a faith that talks about opportunities for the poor and vulnerable?” asks Julianne Malveaux of Bennett College for Women.
Sendai in turmoil after quake, says missionary
For many people, just getting basic necessities is the biggest priority.
Church leaders defend collective bargaining
As labor disputes erupt in Wisconsin and other states, United Methodists continue John Wesley’s commitment to workers’ rights.
Church mergers take time, energy, work
Mergers are one way churches often address declining membership, but they also can help create rebirth and begin new, vital mission work.
Missionaries in Japan cope with quake’s toll
As tremors continue and the nuclear threat deepens, United Methodist missionaries offer comfort and prayer.
Project helps churches find new paths
The Ecclesiastes Project asked 11 churches to examine their future. Some decided they needed to change direction, while others merged or closed.
United Methodists respond to Japan quake
UPDATE: Monitoring the situation through missionaries and partners, church agencies call for prayer in wake of massive quake and tsunami.
Got ashes? Church takes Lent to the streets
Teams offered to mark persons with a cross of ashes, hoping to offer them a connection to God. "Perhaps, by God’s grace, a tiny seed was planted."
What’s the meaning of ashes on the forehead?
Ash Wednesday emphasizes our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The use of ashes is a sign of both mortality and repentance.
Hospice chaplain keeps people, pets together
As people end their life’s journey, she says pets “are the ultimate source of unconditional love and faithfulness.”
Women offer tools to combat strife
Ecumenical Women developed resources for peace building in response to violence against the most vulnerable in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire.
‘Worship ＆ Song’ blends old, new tunes
The collection contains music that is “currently shaping the future of congregational song,” says a church music executive.
Lent gets 21st-century makeover
Initiatives urging abstinence from alcohol and reduction of carbon usage are reinventing Lenten fasting by linking it to wider social causes.
Study tallies churches’ worth to community
Researcher tallied the economic "halo effect" of 12 congregations by giving values to services like counseling, weddings and job help.
New group studies aid Lenten devotions
These Bible study and devotional selections will help make the 40 days of Lent more meaningful.
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