Places of the heart: Rural church at crossroads
Many fear the rural church is being left behind at its moment of greatest need.
Saving Bowbells: Churches keep hope alive
Congregations stand with their communities in a struggle for survival and revival.
Black clergy address unique concerns
At convocation, pastors discussed the times when, like Elijah, they felt like hiding in a cave.
Church court takes up membership, marriage
The Judicial Council again faces a request to reverse a ruling allowing a pastor to bar a gay man from joining his congregation.
United Methodist students evacuate Cairo
Facing increasing violence and unrest, United Methodists studying in Egypt have fled the country and returned home.
33 retired bishops urge end to gay clergy ban
The denomination’s current policy is costing the church both members and leaders, the group says.
Every heart inclined to both good, evil
Evil is often not as dramatic as the Tucson shootings, and we all have the capacity to choose it.
Students offer hugs at Westboro protest
Rather than fight a “hate” group with more hate, United Methodists at American University protested with poetry and hot chocolate.
United Methodists caught in Egypt protests
New Jersey group felt God’s presence during harrowing hours in Cairo. “We prayed for the Egyptian people,” said the Rev. Vicki Miller Brendler.
Stopping church sexual abuse takes training
United Methodists can do better than what the law requires in preventing and reporting predatory behavior, church leaders say.
BBC puts focus on King James Bible
Because the translation still has such resonance in everyday life, the UK network will devote hours of airtime to its history.
British Methodists transcribe Bible by hand
Five-month initiative aims to help people encounter the Bible’s stories, poetry and teachings in a new way.
When grief strikes the workplace
When grief is so deep it has no bottom, co-workers find comfort and support in one another, Larry Hollon writes.
Sexual misconduct tests denomination
The United Methodist Church still has work to do in helping victim-survivors, an agency leader says.
Churches cut utility costs, care for earth
Congregations invest in the future with building updates. “People have been taking more pride in our building, and they want to do more.”
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