Food shortages hurt church response to hunger
The magnitude of the crisis is shaping the response of religious denominations and church-related organizations.
UMCOR trains farmers to expand food supply
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is addressing the food crisis by working directly with farmers in impacted areas.
World food crisis especially impacts the poor
A "perfect storm" of rising oil prices, climate change and natural disasters is translating into extreme shortages of food.
Annual conferences see youth, diversity as priorities
The need to reach out to a broader demographic is a central theme for the shrinking United Methodist Church in the United States.
North Texas donates $500,000 to Africa University
The United Methodist conference gives $500,000 to build a new student health center at the Zimbabwe school.
Iowa faith leaders speak out for immigrant workers
Bishop Gregory Palmer says the church must speak in ways that lessen fear and show God’s love for all.
California-Nevada Annual Conference
The California-Nevada Annual Conference circumnavigated wildfires and a major interstate repair project to gather at the Sacramento Convention Center under the theme "Extending Christ’s Invitation for a Joyous Life."
Faith leaders call for end to U.S. ‘poverty train’
Advocates for the poor say it's time for the United States to rescue 37 million citizens living below the poverty line.
Sunday school hits links to build wells for Africa
Proceeds from a church golf tournament in Little Rock, Ark., will mean more clean water for a village in the Congo.
United Methodists gear up for Missouri flood relief
UMCOR and the church's Missouri Annual Conference begin the long process of recovery in towns along the Mississippi River.
Northeast United Methodists look at boundaries
United Methodists in the denomination’s U.S. Northeastern Jurisdiction prepare to vote on proposed boundary changes.
West Ohio Annual Conference
The 39th session of the West Ohio Annual Conference, presided over by Bishop Bruce R. Ough, was an experience in living "the United Methodist Way."
California United Methodists react to same-sex ruling
Two church conferences express support for same-gender couples entering into marriage covenants.
Church offers worship for special-needs adults
A Tennessee church creates a place for developmentally challenged people to become “Rejoicing Spirits.”
Rocky Mountain Annual Conference
"Church for the Rest of Us," was the theme of the Rocky Mountain Conference’s annual session. Preaching by Bishop John R. Schol, Washington Area, resident Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. and the Rev. Melanie Rosa, along with presentations by Diana Butler Bass, author of Christianity for the Rest of Us, fleshed out the theme.
Wisconsin Annual Conference
Bishop Linda Lee presided over the 39th session of the Wisconsin Annual Conference with the theme of "Love – God, Neighbor, Self."
Church leaders call for fair treatment of relief workers
Three denominational leaders issue call for just treatment of flood relief workers.
Eurasia Area of The United Methodist Church
"I believe we're on the right track," Bishop Hans Växby said in his address to the five annual conferences in Eurasia this year. He said Paul's words in Philippians 3:16 came to mind, especially as formulated in The Message by Eugene Peterson: "Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it."
Central Pennsylvania Annual Conference
"We have to work hard and we have to work fast, and we have to make every minute count," said Bishop Jane Allen Middleton to 1,100 United Methodists at the beginning of the annual meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Annual Conference at Messiah College.
Flood buckets help towns soak up damage
People in the Midwest find UMCOR flood buckets a blessing, but more are urgently needed.
Iowa Annual Conference
The Iowa Annual Conference gathered to celebrate "A Future with Hope." Mirroring the General Conference's understanding of God’s promise, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presided over the 165th annual gathering, which was attended by some 1,600 laity and clergy.
Kentucky Annual Conference
The theme of the Kentucky Annual Conference was “Let the Redeemed Say So.”
United Methodist to do 'magic' for Disney
For Justin Muchoney, a smile and a handshake are ingredients for magic in his new role with Disney Parks.
Church agencies voice dismay at ruling on gun control
Two agencies call church members to advocacy following Supreme Court ruling on handgun ownership.
United Methodists provide artificial limbs in Africa
A limb-fitting center in Sierra Leone provides artificial limbs for amputees left behind by the country's civil war.
Flood disaster includes 'serendipity moments'
In flooded-out Cedar Rapids, United Methodists talk about the times when God has offered small assurances to people in unexpected ways.
Flooded Cedar Rapids church offers witness in crisis
Mission-minded Salem United Methodist Church finds itself on the receiving end of ministry in flooded Iowa.
Hiwassee College looks beyond accreditation loss
Leaders of the Tennessee school say the United Methodist-related college will not close its doors and will seek to regain accreditation.
Commentary: Reflecting on Southern Baptist trends
Reports of membership loss by Southern Baptists hold lessons for all churches, says the Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr.
Couple deliver food to people – and pets – in need
Along their 50-mile delivery route, Dick and Gail Buettgenvach ensure that pets are not forgotten.
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