Co-op ministry cares for rural poor
In an area where unemployment can rise to 70 percent and need is great, a group of United Methodist churches are there to help.
Louisiana churches help lead fight against AIDS
Baton Rouge has the third-highest rate of new HIV cases in the U.S. United Methodist leaders offer education about AIDS and free testing.
Anti-malaria campaign begins in Sierra Leone
The African nation has the world’s seventh-highest mortality rate for children under 5. Most of those deaths result from malaria.
Church vitality is not just a matter of numbers
Were '50s churches more vital or just bigger? Do we want lives changed or just bills paid? Leader asks if “vitality” in numbers is best.
People find varied ways to say grace
Although traditions may differ, the blessings offered over Thanksgiving meals will have a common theme: gratitude for God’s many gifts.
Thankfulness matters in times good and bad
Counselor advises us to step back, assess what is good about our lives and count blessings whether things are going well or not.
Northwest Texas Annual Conference
Sharing HIStory, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. That was the theme of the 2010 Northwest Texas Centennial Annual Conference. There was a lot to celebrate in three short days.
Refugees still find shelter at South African church
A Methodist pastor takes chances to care for homeless asylum seekers from Zimbabwe.
Agency approves change to insurance program
The shift is intended to lower costs and increase liability and property coverage churchwide.
Interfaith Thanksgiving services bridge faiths
Services offer a witness against religious exclusiveness. They “make the doors of all our faith communities appear a little more open.”
Foundation ensures health care for D.C. poor
United Methodists back a Baltimore hospital’s partnership to award grants to groups caring for those in need.
Simple living not necessarily simple
In a consumer-driven society, survey of clergy and laity finds that using only what is needed to sustain life is a challenge.
‘Advisory group on steroids’ tackles reform
Connectional Table approves creation of an Interim Operations Team, which will flesh out the Call to Action recommendations.
Transgender pastor urges sexuality debate
A pastor shared his long-kept secret, and thinks the church should talk more about sex and gender. Not everyone shares his opinion.
SMU breaks ground on Bush Center
Former president tells 3,000 supporters: "Today's groundbreaking marks the beginning of a journey."
Imagine No Malaria has first release of funds
Anti-malaria initiative partners with UMCOR and Global Fund to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
Laura Bush talks faith at cancer center fundraiser
The former first lady discussed her family’s brush with the disease and how scripture brings comfort in trying times.
Winter threatens flood victims in Pakistan
Lack of adequate shelter and clothing concerns relief agencies as cold weather approaches.
Student Day nurtures new leaders
They hope to serve the world in roles such as food scientist, music therapist, and minister. Your Nov. 28 offering can help fulfill their dreams.
Technology replaces phone cards for military
After 7 years and more than 17 million minutes donated, the phone-card program is being phased out due to use of Skype and social media.
African bishops urge theological education
Pastoral training is not keeping pace with church growth. Leaders hope $2 million will help change that.
Military chaplains ask if church cares
Chaplains serving in wartime ministries need to know the church values and appreciates them, writes the Rev. Randolph Cross.
Bishops face challenge on same-sex unions
In states where gay marriage is legal, United Methodist leaders focus on upholding church law while encouraging dialogue and respect.
Bishops support church reforms, accountability
Eighty active and retired bishops endorsed widespread reforms, including accountability for promoting church growth.
Hmong churches embrace multicultural ministry
With roots in Asia, Hmong churches in the U.S. seek to incorporate their new culture and language.
Court acts on delegate, clergy issues
The Judicial Council considers a question on how much power the General Conference secretary should have to set the number of delegates.
Bishops urged to embrace change
In his address to the council, Bishop Larry Goodpaster asked leaders to abandon structures that are not working or face further church decline.
Court upholds pastor’s right to accept members
Even if the decision is based on sexuality, clergy have the power to determine membership, the Judicial Council rules.
Pastors bike through Congo to bring hope
Two pastors – one from Africa, one from the U.S. – journeyed into remotest Congo to minister to those still suffering from civil war.
Ivorians hope, pray for peaceful vote
On bended knees, United Methodists in Côte d’Ivoire work to influence electoral process.
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