Study shows how black churches use music
Sacred songs are a critical part of worship at many African-American congregations, and often they are taught without hymnals.
What I didn’t say at the Leadership Summit
Church leader wishes she had taken up the topic of sexual orientation, “a real and present tension in the church.”
After war, Ivorian church seeks healing
With Gbagbo in custody, church leaders deal with lack of food, displaced families and fears of continued strife.
Church surrounds man slated for deportation
A United Methodist church in Texas is trying to prevent Cristian Ramirez from being deported to a country where he fears for his life.
Online Lenten Bible study enriches faith
United Methodist series focuses on spirituality, political activism, technology and current events.
UMW seeks to become separate church agency
The goal is to create more transparency and strengthen relationships throughout the church, says top executive.
Ecumenical commission considers its future
The general agency has proposed drastically shrinking its board or folding its work into the Council of Bishops.
Set apart, lay people vow a life of service
Deaconesses and home missioners connect day jobs with call to ministry.
Leadership Summit tackles church future
Thousands of United Methodists tuned in to learn how leaders plan to increase vital congregations.
United Methodist students pray for Japan
Colleges are reaching out to those suffering from the earthquake and tsunami.
Ivorian group barricaded near battle
Bishop Boni and others have taken refuge in the church radio building within five minutes’ drive of where forces are still fighting.
Regional conferences gear up to reach out
During 2011 annual conference sessions, United Methodists will debate issues, engage in mission and prepare for General Conference.
Church offers relief in Japan’s new reality
Christians can provide healing after changes wrought by March disasters.
Leadership Summit invites global sharing
April 6 webcast participants will consider future challenges for United Methodist churches and annual conferences.
Côte d’Ivoire city under fire
As fighting continues, Bishop Benjamin Boni voices concern for the people caught in the violence.
Church agencies battle human trafficking
Eighty percent of those trafficked are women and girls, and half of all victims are under the age of 13.
Church offers aid amid Ivorian tumult
Churches are providing shelter and relief to people displaced by the fighting, and the United Methodist radio station remains on the air.
Inmates offer Lenten thoughts on God’s love
Repentance and Christ’s death have special meaning for prisoners. “They make mistakes. We make mistakes. But the Lord loves us all.”
Christopher called man of faith, peace
The former U.S. secretary of state lived out his United Methodist identity on the world stage, his pastor said.
Japan’s churches to help house survivors
Even a country as well-prepared as Japan cannot cope without assistance. Churches play a key role in recovery.
Holy Land pilgrimage inspires young visitors
Young United Methodist clergy and laity traveled to the Holy Land, but they didn’t just sightsee. They embraced the roots of their ministry.
Rapper wins $40K for UM children’s home
Lil Jon’s success on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ will benefit Atlanta’s United Methodist Children’s Home.
Clergywomen struggle despite open doors
Many local churches still resist ethnic minority pastors, particularly women, says the Rev. Constance Y. Pak.
Post on hell lands pastor in hot water
Chad Holtz lost his pulpit after he lost his belief in hell. But that is not the whole story.
Church groups network for Japan relief
Ecumenical partnerships provide food, water and medical aid as UMCOR donations reach $600,000.
New rule for schools: More clergy, more funds
The higher education board has changed the formula for distributing funds to United Methodist seminaries.
Census helps church with evangelism
The demographic data will help Christians “reach the people God has given us,” says leadership expert.
Giving to those who give relief
Your offering for One Great Hour of Sharing ensures UMCOR has staff and supplies to respond efficiently in times of disaster and beyond.
Church can teach society about sexual ethics
Vital congregations offer space to discuss this “most social, personal and political aspect of our human existence,” says church executive.
Japanese Christians begin relief work
“The needs far surpass our ability to provide,” a missionary says. The United Methodist relief agency is responding with emergency funds.
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