Soccer Sundays: How do churches compete?
Congregations urged to make a public witness for keeping the Sabbath holy amid youth league conflicts.
Volunteer teams aid in Haiti recovery
United Methodists have raised more than $40 million for Haiti.
Battle Hymn lyrics stir debate
Should worshippers sing “Let us live” or “Let us die” to make humanity free?
Obama talks immigration at American University
In invocation, United Methodist leader prays “for those who seek a new life.”
Kentucky Annual Conference
The Kentucky Annual Conference was held in Covington, Ky., on June 9-12. The theme of this year’s Annual Conference was “Called by Christ, Sent to Serve.”
Looking in the mirror for fuel gluttony
Love of God and neighbor forces us to examine consequences of our lifestyles.
Desert Southwest Annual Conference
As United Methodists from around Arizona, California and Nevada gathered in Glendale, Arizona, for the 26th session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference June 24-27, the quadrennial focus of “Extravagant Hospitality… God’s Abundant Grace” took center stage once again.
Growth in Africa outpaces decline in U.S.
Bishop says young people are “interested in having a relationship with God and knowing more about Jesus.”
Rocky Mountain Annual Conference
"Rethink Red" and "Rockies Purple" T-shirts were appearing on attendees to the Rocky Mountain Conference, as they gathered in Denver for the 2010 Annual Conference session.
Lay leader revives young adult group
After a 71-year absence, the Epworth League young adult ministry returns.
The Lion, the Witch and the Methodists
Texas church explores the teachings of author C.S. Lewis this summer.
California-Pacific Annual Conference
More than 1,700 laity and clergy from across Southern California, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan gathered at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., for the 2010 California-Pacific Annual Conference.
Churches help four-legged friends
Pet food ministries provide means to care for faithful companions.
North Georgia Annual Conference
The 2010 North Georgia Annual Conference, held June 16-18 in Athens, Ga., convened under the theme: “Ordinary to Extraordinary: Wake Up and See Where God is Moving.”
Senate OKs funds for Claremont, United
Theological schools receive embargoed MEF funds and retain United Methodist status.
Rio Grande Annual Conference
Under the theme of “Creating and Harvesting Something New” — approximately 240 delegates received various reports on the state of the conference’s vitality, initiatives, and opportunities to create a culture of growth.
Church settles dispute over homeless ministry
Zoning battle ends with commitment to expand mission to the poor in Phoenix.
Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference
With a theme of “Leading Beyond the Walls,” the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference met May 20-22, 2010, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Penn.
Holston Annual Conference
The Holston Annual Conference followed up on bold decisions and giving of recent years by approving a tithe-based apportionment and collecting $154,625 in an offering for south Sudan. They also raised $61,933 for children’s ministry in Holston and in Africa and sent food, health, and school supplies to Liberia and Zimbabwe valued at $232,221.
North Central New York Annual Conference
The Rev. Dale E. Austin, North Central New York Annual Conference Secretary for 19 years, offered the closing motion as the conference ended its final annual conference session in preparation for their future ministry as part of the Upper New York Annual Conference.
Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
The Baltimore-Washington Conference gathered for its 226th session June 2-4 in Baltimore under the theme “Passionate Disciples Celebrate in Worship.”
Chaplain sets sights on winning Afghanistan
The Rev. Nicolas Camacho travels through hostile territory for mission projects.
Northern Illinois Annual Conference
United Methodists of the Northern Illinois Conference took bold action to reach new people in new places by approving a second stage of new faith communities at its 2010 Annual Conference.
Western New York Annual Conference
With a closing motion presented by Western New York Annual Conference Secretary, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Crispell, on the afternoon of June 5, 2010, and a benediction by the Rev. Dr. Marcus Matthews, resident bishop, the Western New York Annual Conference closed for the last time, planting the seed for new ministry within the Upper New York Annual Conference.
Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton told the 1,800 members that he sees signs of hope in the Western Pa. Conference, despite significant challenges facing the denomination.
Florida Annual Conference
Nearly 1.4 billion people worldwide live on less than $1.25 a day. Nearly 2.5 million Floridians live below the federal poverty line. Changing that reality was a main focus of discussion June 10-12 during the 2010 Florida Annual Conference.
Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference
“Reach Out to Serve” was the theme of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference, held June 10-12 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland.
Pension initiative hits $20 million goal
Central conference fund will help thousands of retired pastors and surviving spouses.
The connection: End of life or new creation?
The United Methodist Church is experiencing heightened stress, says Ken Carter. What does this mean for the future?
Congo seminary seeks to renew land title
Mission station trying to hold off miners interested in mineral-rich property.
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