Iowa church was shelter in the storm
Congregation’s decision not to lock its doors leaves a safe haven for a family of five as tornados wreak havoc through Central Plains.
Did faith drive Titanic musicians?
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck that claimed almost 1,500 lives. Did the Titanic band play till the very end?
GC 2012: Do not neglect women’s issues
M. Garlinda Burton asks whether women’s issues are adequately addressed in the church’s restructuring debate.
GC2012 to include call to repentance
April 27 worship service will focus on historic treatment of indigenous people and need to heal.
GC 2012: Come to the banquet
Guest bloggers share perspective about General Conference. Today, the Rev. Francisco Cañas calls the body to remember “God’s priorities.”
GC 2012: Our community truly is global
As part of the blog series, an Iowa lay delegate to General Conference recalls Jesus’ Great Commission and says, ‘The world is coming to us!’
Rural churches seek voice at GC2012
United Methodist Rural Fellowship provides values statement as guideline for restructuring proposals at General Conference.
Investment issue before GC2012
General Conference petition backs divesting from three companies related to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.
Cultural change seen as key to vital church
Focus is on what steps The United Methodist Church needs to take beyond restructuring to reverse U.S. decline.
Debate grapples with restructuring
At a Texas gathering, a lay leader, a district superintendent and an agency executive discuss whether disciples will be the outcome of effort.
Tough times lead us ‘Broken to Peace’
New study series focuses on Christians who faced painful circumstances that threatened their spiritual health and sanity.
Somebody has been sitting in my pew!
Accidentally invading someone’s “family pew” can be a disaster or an opportunity to start a conversation and make a new friend.
Agency Q＆A: Communications
Series on church agencies: “United Methodist Communications facilitates the church’s participation in conversations around issues of the day.”
Agency Q＆A: Status and Role of Women
Series looks at how agencies work: Leaders say they challenged the church to open doors for women.
Clergy children from segregation era reunited
Daughter of Bishop Oliphint and son of Bishop Handy recall end to racially constituted jurisdiction of church they both serve today.
Agency Q＆A: Church and Society
Series looks at how agencies work: Through education, witness and action, agency strives to uphold United Methodist Social Principles.
Ethnic groups add voices to inclusion calls
Caucuses lend support for full inclusion for LGBT persons: “We know what it is like to experience discrimination.”
Agency Q＆A: Pension and Health Benefits
Series looks at how agencies work: ‘Caring for those who serve’ by providing investment, benefit services that reflect United Methodist values.
United Methodists join mourning for Trayvon
Congregations across the nation honored the slain teen by wearing hoodies to churches Sunday.
Agency Q＆A: Global Ministries
Series looks at how agencies work: ‘Global Ministries is a facilitator of mission — passionate for partnership and open to the visions of others.’
Foundation takes sting out of seminary cost
After witnessing so many students struggle with debt, one retired pastor vowed to help ease their burden.
Agency Q＆A: United Methodist Men
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: ‘I believe if our church is to survive and grow, United Methodist Men will play a large role in that effort.’
Paup, former bishop, executive, dies at 66
The Rev. Edward W. Paup, former bishop and top executive of the denomination’s mission agency, died March 21 after battling a brain tumor.
Agency Q＆A: Board of Discipleship
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: Training and supporting church leaders — ‘I came home energized and on fire with a new attitude.’
Bishop candidates visit black caucus
For the first time, all U.S. endorsed candidates seeking to become bishops met and were blessed by Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Open letter urges restructure support
Signers, including many large-church pastors, say ‘Now is the time for action’ in consolidating general agencies and nurturing leaders.
Finance group stands by $603.1 million budget
General Conference tries to balance local church finances with mission needs as it determines how to allocate funds.
Agency Q＆A: Finance and Administration
‘We like to say that if we have done our work correctly, no one will know that we have done it at all.’
Agency Q＆A: Higher Education and Ministry
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: Agency gives a helping hand to all as it prepares new generation of Christian leaders.
Group offers ‘Plan B’ for church structure
Proponents say the alternative will offer a better balance of power and more representation than the Interim Operations Team proposal.
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