Church’s new Web site fosters online community
The United Methodist Church unveils UMC.org, its newly redesigned Web site that features a social networking community for people of faith.
Church agency executives plan office of new church starts
The agency leaders approve plans to promote church starts as well as training in the Social Principles.
Agency makes student loans, scholarships available
About $2 million is available for student loans in 2007 through The United Methodist Church’s student loans office.
Ministry commission puts recommendations, survey online
The Study of Ministry Commission is proposing eight recommendations about the ordering of ministry.
Wesley festival at Lincoln Center to benefit UMCOR
A concert will commemorate the 300th anniversary of hymn writer Charles Wesley's birth.
Sometimes pastors need to call 'time out,' speaker says
Keeping healthy habits and a winner's attitude are critical to being effective in ministry, pastors learn.
Church leaders seek to ‘dismantle racism’ for MLK Day
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Christian church leaders are urging congregations to find ways to work together and "be the voice and presence of God's love in the world."
United Methodists to join observance of Christian Unity week
United Methodists will join those of other faiths to mark the Jan. 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Former hostage visits Upper Room
"While I was kidnapped, you were in captivity here praying for me until my release. Because of your tears and prayers, the Lord has brought me back," the Rev. Tongkhojang Lunkim told worshippers in the Upper Room Chapel on Dec. 13.
Movie spotlights church's role in saga of homeless man
The Rev. Cecil Williams has met many homeless who have come through his church. But he won't forget Chris Gardner.
Pastor's Nativity sets reflect universality of Christmas story
The traditional Nativity set usually has a straw-filled manger in a facsimile of a stable, surrounded by a Mary, Joseph, three kings, a couple of shepherds and a hovering angel -- often with European features -- and an assortment of animals.
Gold Rush town hosts Las Posadas for Christmas
It's 2 in the afternoon, and Faye Fyock, her short dark hair catching a gust of early December wind, clicks off the items still to be completed before the evening's festivities.
Senator gives little hope to interfaith coalition on Darfur
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar gave little hope to an interfaith coalition of Hoosier religious and community leaders including native Darfurians who asked him to step up his efforts to end ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Commentary: Finding the Holy Grail at the communion table
We have seen headlines about how some have used the Eucharist to promote their own political and social agendas, by denying access if you believed this way or that way.
Churches offer ways to keep ‘holy’ in holidays
Here they come again, the traditions of the late-year holidays — sumptuous party food, families reuniting, brightly wrapped gifts, soaring carols — and head-pounding stress, frayed nerves and overheated spending.