Clergy fear Alabama law imperils ministry
Some Christian leaders believe new legislation criminalizes the biblical mandate to be a Good Samaritan to immigrants.
Deportations Leave Teen Alone
When Jasmine Franco’s parents had to leave the U.S., church friends gave her shelter. Now she is the first in her family to go to college.
Religious tolerance urged in 9/11 discourse
On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, religion communicators want to shape the discourse by modeling civility and accuracy in their coverage.
Call to Action: Defining, creating vitality
The most important question to ask is, "How is our congregation joining Jesus in fulfilling his mission of advancing the Kingdom of God?"
Chaplain remembers fallen helicopter pilot
Higgins served with David R. Carter, one of 29 soldiers killed in Afghanistan. “I’m sorry...there is really nothing else you can say.”
Civil rights pioneer W. Astor Kirk dies
United Methodist layperson fought segregation in church and U.S. society for more than 5 decades.
United Methodists in hunger documentary
Rev. Andy Brock is part of the special. He recommends gleaning to his congregation: “If I preach it, I have to live it too.”
‘Back 2 School BASH’ unites community
Each August, two churches host a party that draws 4,500 people from as far as 60 miles away.
Church community forgives teen vandalism
“After the break-in, members were already talking about forgiving and how God could bring something good out of this,” says the pastor.
African drought brings 1,300 refugees daily
Some walked 30 days across the desert to find shelter at Kenyan refugee camps. It hasn’t rained for more than 2 years.
Churches get kids reading the Bible earlier
As more children learn to read earlier, some churches are presenting Bibles and introducing them to verses and prayers at a younger age.
African ‘witch daughters’ get new homes
Missouri Conference project moves shunned Mozambique widows from thatch huts to secure shelter.
Budget cuts on table for General Conference
Constitutional amendments to allow budget adjustments between conference sessions also will go before 2012 meeting.
Women rebuild lives through La. program
Baton Rouge First United Methodist Church takes lead in helping women find productive and faithful lives after jail, recovery programs.
Vital churches share common characteristics
Highly effective congregations grow, engage more people in ministry and are more generous in giving to mission, says Bishop Schol.
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