What was the star of Bethlehem?
Some astronomers have speculated it was a planetary conjunction, a nova or some other celestial body. Nick Strobel has his own ideas.
2013: Cleaning up after disaster
After a typhoon in the Philippines and devastating weather in the U.S., United Methodists responded with help and hope.
NEW: Pastor to fight for clergy credentials
Rev. Frank Schaefer, asked to surrender his ministerial credentials for performing a same-sex marriage, will seek an appeal.
Book presents Charles Wesley letters
Happy 306th birthday to John’s brother, credited for writing 6,000 hymns. Scholars took 10 years to create collection of his correspondences.
Pastor will not give up clergy credentials
Rev. Frank Schaefer, suspended for performing a same-sex wedding, says he will “not voluntarily” surrender his ordination credentials.
2013: A year in United Methodist milestones
A look back at key moments in the life of the people of The United Methodist Church in the past 12 months.
2013: Year of United Methodist growth
General Council on Finance and Administration reports worldwide membership reached record high of 12.5 million.
Same-sex clergy couple marries in Seattle
Two United Methodist pastors are married in wedding Dec. 7 that drew more than 300 people to Seattle church.
Bishop rules gay clergy candidate can stay
San Antonia Area leader reversed the removal of a lesbian clergy candidate, Mary Ann Barclay, from the ordination track.
Prejean, Talbert honored for activism
The death penalty is our most flagrant example of racism, said “Dead Man Walking” author. She and bishop won awards for social justice work.
Church response to human trafficking on CBS
“Living in the Shadows: Religion’s Response to Human Trafficking” shows faith groups raising awareness and empowering survivors.
Methodist leader speaks at Mandela service
“His mantle has fallen and it is in our hands,” said the Rev. Ivan Abrahams, now the top executive of the World Methodist Council.
Methodists, leaders pay tribute to Mandela
Revered South African inspired many. “This world is indeed a better place because God shared Mandela with us.”
Remembering Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013
The World Methodist Council called him a “symbol of freedom, justice and peace.” Learn about the late leader’s church ties.
With Global Fund, church fights malaria
With the church nearing its fundraising goal, denomination commits to fulfilling $28 million pledge to fight malaria.
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