New vitality reflected at annual conferences
Attendance and membership counts don’t tell the whole story. Emerging ministries and congregations produce pockets of growth.
D.C. vigils call for ‘faithful budget’
Interfaith leaders are hosting daily vigils at the United Methodist building to urge lawmakers to remember the most vulnerable.
More clergy offer to bless same-sex unions
About 900 clergy signed statements saying they will marry gay couples as annual conferences grapple with the issue.
Food ministry rises above Minot flood
Ada and Bob Lower lost their home and church, but they still feed the hungry. People need them ‘now more than ever.’
Budget battle: Don’t forget the poor
Faith leaders call on Congress, Obama administration to continue commitments to poverty programs.
Arkansans bring pain relief to Uganda
A 19-member team from Fayetteville brought needed medical aid and help with evangelism in the east African country.
Child of apartheid to lead World Methodists
Bishop Ivan Abrahams says “black and white blood” makes him a reconciler. He encourages the church to speak for those who cannot.
The Battling Bishops … and other UM mascots
In the colorful world of team mascots, United Methodist-related schools are at the top of the class.
Churches scramble in Minn. shutdown
A lack of government services has led to increased calls for help to area churches, and demand may exceed supply.
Conferences focus on disaster relief
While conferences also worked on feeding the hungry, fighting malaria and encouraging youth, helping victims of this year’s storms was a priority.
Vegetables sprout health, hope in Omaha
Even the hungriest rabbits cannot daunt the spirit of The Big Garden as it engages the community and encourages healthy nutrition.
Zimbabwe women’s club empowers
Teaching sewing, craft and cooking skills benefits women financially as well as personally.
Youth discover service, potential in mission
Mission trips are key in Missouri Conference. “It helps them see what they are capable of doing and that they can do great things.”
United Methodists boost UMCOR kit supply
Illinois Great Rivers bests Iowa in towel-collecting competition as other annual (regional) conferences donate relief items.
Young pastors prepare for season of change
As their first year of ministry ends, young clergy look to the future – and some look toward a new church home.
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