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.
Faith in times of disaster
When earthquakes and tsunamis occur, even faithful Christians question why God doesn’t prevent such disasters. Yet, God is still present in loss.
Student letters oppose executing mentally ill
A group of Vanderbilt Divinity students wrote letters to their congressmen supporting bills that would exclude the mentally ill from execution.
Japan tragedy bridges global community
From Connecticut to California, United Methodists respond to earthquake and tsunami and offer hope and healing.
Windsor Village builds a new social landscape
With a commitment to community building and strengthening families and faith, the growth of this United Methodist ‘kingdom’ seems limitless.
Mission work continues in Japan, despite fears
A wave of aftershocks, radiation warnings and lack of food and fuel make it difficult, but United Methodist missionaries forge ahead.
What St. Patrick can teach United Methodists
The patron saint of Ireland left a legacy of evangelism that Christians today can emulate. He also knew something about piracy.
FAQ: Japan earthquake and response
Here are some tips for United Methodists eager to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
New mission can rejuvenate churches
Sometimes current challenges lead churches to change their ministry focus or try bold, new ideas. It can be scary, but can also spur growth.
Windsor Village models diversity
With the Rev. Kim Orr’s appointment, the largest United Methodist congregation in the U.S. models what it hopes to become: color blind.
Closing churches is tough for everyone
The decision to close a church isn’t easy. But members of churches that closed can find comfort when their legacy lives on.
Economist calls for justice in work force
“Are we actually living a faith that talks about opportunities for the poor and vulnerable?” asks Julianne Malveaux of Bennett College for Women.
Sendai in turmoil after quake, says missionary
For many people, just getting basic necessities is the biggest priority.
Church mergers take time, energy, work
Mergers are one way churches often address declining membership, but they also can help create rebirth and begin new, vital mission work.
Missionaries in Japan cope with quake’s toll
As tremors continue and the nuclear threat deepens, United Methodist missionaries offer comfort and prayer.
Project helps churches find new paths
The Ecclesiastes Project asked 11 churches to examine their future. Some decided they needed to change direction, while others merged or closed.
United Methodists respond to Japan quake
UPDATE: Monitoring the situation through missionaries and partners, church agencies call for prayer in wake of massive quake and tsunami.
Hospice chaplain keeps people, pets together
As people end their life’s journey, she says pets “are the ultimate source of unconditional love and faithfulness.”
Women offer tools to combat strife
Ecumenical Women developed resources for peace building in response to violence against the most vulnerable in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire.
‘Worship ＆ Song’ blends old, new tunes
The collection contains music that is “currently shaping the future of congregational song,” says a church music executive.
Faith leaders look at budget’s ‘moral’ impact
In a March 1 letter to Congress, United Methodists and others urged that the U.S. federal budget not cut aid to the poor.
College athletes connect with churches
Through a Black College Fund initiative, students from United Methodist-related schools win fans and put a face on church giving.
Homosexuality debate heats up
United Methodist-related caucuses have weighed in on the subject. The issue especially hits home for some church members.
Imagine No Malaria gifts top $15 million
Since April 2010, congregations and conferences have cast a wide net to support this lifesaving initiative.
UMCOR, donors work to rebuild Sudan
Efforts will construct schools and provide for water and sanitation. Some projects offer opportunities to earn income and improve farming methods.
Young adults talk church relevance
Relevance X 2011 asked young Christians to see serving others an extension of their faith and a way God works outside church walls.
Women share their stories at UN event
The United Methodist Women’s delegation brought attention to the need for greater access to education for women and girls.
Black History Month urges welcome for all
Raised during segregation, the Rev. Hilly Hicks says even as an adult he worried if he would be welcome in all-white congregations.
Church membership tops 12 million
While U.S. membership has continued to shrink, the denomination is experiencing rapid growth globally, especially in Africa and the Philippines.
Young leaders begin new Talbert class
Nine people, ranging in age from 19 to 36, are the first fellows in a program based on Bishop Melvin Talbert’s leadership values.
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