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Bishops of varied theological perspectives have weighed in on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian. Most counsel waiting for the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, to rule on questions of church law. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops respond to gay colleague

Some bishops outside the United States said they worry that Bishop Karen Oliveto remaining in office will put their ministry at risk. Read More

Church Resources

The Society of St. Andrew has valuable resources so your congregation can stand together against hunger. Photo courtesy of the Society of St. Andrew.

Stand together against hunger

September is Hunger Action Month. The Society of St. Andrew has useful resources to help your congregation take action so that more people have healthy, nourishing food to eat. Read More

You can help

Imagine No Malaria nearing campaign goal

The program that empowers the people of Africa to improve health infrastructure and achieve a sustainable victory over malaria is 92% towards its fundraising goal. Read More

Early Childhood Education

Gen. Constantino Chiwenga of the Zimbabwe National Army arrives for the dedication of the Early Childhood Development Complex in Nyadire, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of Taurai Emmanuel Maforo.

Church partners with Zimbabwean army on educational facility

The United Methodist Church has partnered with the Zimbabwe National Army in building a state-of-the-art facility for training Early Childhood Development teachers Read More

Roots & Wings

An exterior view of Brothers College located on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. 2010 file photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

13 Ways to stay connected with college students

Students often leave the towns where they grew up, breaking the bonds with their local church. Find ideas to help young people maintain a connection with their faith community. Read More

Dealing with Disaster

“Fire destroys but it also purifies so let’s see where it takes us,” says the Rev. John Pavoni, the church’s pastor, about the devastating Clayton Fire in California. Screenshot from CBS 13 Video.

California wildfire destroys 170-year-old church

“Fire destroys but it also purifies, so let’s see where it takes us,” says the pastor of Lower Lake United Methodist Church. Read More

Safe Sanctuaries

An abandoned church serves as a reminder of the damage that can be done by clergy misconduct. Derivative of

Sexual misconduct at church: What every member should know

Harassment and abuse happen often and the incidents can divide congregations. Are you aware of the processes and resources to address these problems? Read More

Church can be anywhere

Movie theater interior. Photo by Naoya Fujii, courtesy of Creative Commons.

God not above meeting us in the movie theater

A United Methodist minister and professor in Vancouver finds Christian messages in many genres of films. Read More

Time for Prayer

A nature scene from Lake Junaluska taken in August 2013. A United Methodist Communications photo by Kay Panovec.

Today's prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer with these resources from The Upper Room. More