People watch, wait for malaria relief
Many in Sierra Leone yearn for the arrival of bed nets the way many children anticipate Christmas.
Christmas memories sustain grieving families
Recollections of faith, family and fun support bishop as he celebrates first Christmas after mother’s death.
Church prays for peace in Cȏte d’Ivoire
With the presidential election in dispute, the country’s United Methodists urge calm and serve victims of strife.
DREAM Act’s fate dismays church leaders
United Methodist leaders supported the bill that would have allowed illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to gain legal status.
Church stars in CBS Christmas Eve special
The United Methodist congregation has drawn on the talents of its members, including a Broadway actress, for the national broadcast.
Help! My family stresses me out at Christmas
Sometimes expectations of Kodak moments and hopes for a holly, jolly holiday fall short. But even then, God is present.
Haiti Volunteer in Mission teams delayed
Church leaders decided to put 12 teams’ trips on hold because of fears of political unrest.
Texas church honors soldiers with wreaths
Beverly Norman’s son was killed in Iraq. She appreciates the church that puts wreaths on his grave and others.
Haiti, Call to Action top stories in 2010
United Methodists worked to “Change the World” and also pondered how to change the church. See the UMNS year-end review.
Partnership celebrates African church
Muslims and Christians in Sierra Leone and United Methodists from the U.S. helped rebuild a church out of the rubble of civil war.
Alternative take on the ‘12 Days of Christmas’
“True love” refers to God and “eight maids a-milking” refer to the beatitudes. New lyrics give us a dozen ways to be more giving.
Givers pick compassion over consumerism
Churches offer ways for people of good conscience to buy gifts that support people who are struggling and in need.
Church’s Eagle Scouts soar into history
Only one time before have 12 African-Americans from one troop been promoted simultaneously. Just 2 percent of Boy Scouts make Eagle.
East Africa Annual Conference
The eighth South German Annual Conference came together from June 9 to 13 in Esslingen and Sindelfingen, Germany, with Bishop Rosemarie Wenner presiding.
Pastor released from jail, ends fast
The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith hoped to fast until Congress voted on the DREAM Act. As her protest ended, others took it up on her behalf.
Anti-malaria campaign takes preparation
Before distributing bed nets in Sierra Leone, church leaders had to build trust in the formerly war-torn country.
Presents or Presence? Gifts that Matter
How can we use the holidays to worship God more fully? What if we spend less, but give more?
Sierra Leone volunteers save moms, babies
United Methodists are training birth attendants to help reduce the highest under-5 mortality rate in the world.
African school fights malaria with hope, faith
After years of poor treatment, a young woman with malaria was nurtured back to health by students in Côte d’Ivoire.
Pray for peace for Korea, say bishops
Korean-Americans are torn between fears for South Korean loved ones and North Koreans’ need for aid.
Immigrant advocates ask to ‘Drop the I-Word’
The term ‘illegal’ is too often used to dehumanize, says the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.
Malaria threat pervades life in Sierra Leone
The United Methodist Church is part of the effort to distribute more than 3 million insecticide-treated bed nets in the country.
Politics should not overshadow Bush library
United Methodists have reason to be proud the library is at SMU, says the Clinton Center’s coordinator.
Pastor jailed for backing young immigrants
The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith could have posted bail, but decided to stay behind bars until the DREAM Act gets a vote.
Imagine No Malaria joins new social network
Jumo, created by a Facebook founder, will help the United Methodist campaign reach a new audience.
Mother pays highest price of malaria
This week 320,000 nets went to families in Sierra Leone. Frances Beecher lost her 2-year-old to a mosquito bite and vowed to use new nets better.
Prisoners rebuild camp, self-esteem
The work-release program teaches nonviolent offenders “they can earn the trust of others again.”
Immigrant students hope bill opens doors
DREAM Act could change the lives of 800,000 young people. Supporters say this would allow them to join the military or attend college.
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.
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