Lessons from Joseph, Jesus’ “old man”
He was an adoptive father, a heeder of dreams and faithful. “Joseph chose to take a risk for God, and that’s an example we can all follow.”
2013: Notable passings in Methodism
Those to whom we said goodbye include a global ecumenical leader and a British prime minister who never forgot her Methodist roots.
What was the star of Bethlehem?
Some astronomers have speculated it was a planetary conjunction, a nova or some other celestial body. Nick Strobel has his own ideas.
2013: Cleaning up after disaster
After a typhoon in the Philippines and devastating weather in the U.S., United Methodists responded with help and hope.
NEW: Pastor to fight for clergy credentials
Rev. Frank Schaefer, asked to surrender his ministerial credentials for performing a same-sex marriage, will seek an appeal.
Book presents Charles Wesley letters
Happy 306th birthday to John’s brother, credited for writing 6,000 hymns. Scholars took 10 years to create collection of his correspondences.
Pastor will not give up clergy credentials
Rev. Frank Schaefer, suspended for performing a same-sex wedding, says he will “not voluntarily” surrender his ordination credentials.
2013: A year in United Methodist milestones
A look back at key moments in the life of the people of The United Methodist Church in the past 12 months.
2013: Year of United Methodist growth
General Council on Finance and Administration reports worldwide membership reached record high of 12.5 million.
Same-sex clergy couple marries in Seattle
Two United Methodist pastors are married in wedding Dec. 7 that drew more than 300 people to Seattle church.
Remembering Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013
The World Methodist Council called him a “symbol of freedom, justice and peace.” Learn about the late leader’s church ties.
The Billy Graham I know — and why he matters
Ken Garfield covered the famous preacher for more than a dozen years. “There’s much that organized religion can learn from Graham.”
Pastor paid price for JFK sermon
Rev. William Holmes had to go into hiding after taking Dallas to task, post-assassination.
United Methodists receive freedom medal
Former senators Lugar and Inouye honored by Obama for their public service as examples of those who have “strengthened our nation.”
Bishops visit Cherokee as part of repentance
“Immersion experience” for Council of Bishops begins at Trail of Tears. Churches can “choose to be a catalyst of healing and reconciliation.”
Brown, Ough to lead bishops
Warner H. Brown Jr. will become next president, and council elects Bruce R. Ough as president-designate and Cynthia Fierro Harvey as secretary.
Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’
Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they ‘depend on one another to be faithful to God’s mission.’
Spiritual resources for veterans and families
Find sources of strength from The United Methodist Church to use throughout the year.
United Methodist campuses fight bullying
“Character is not just important for my child,” says one parent, “but for every child on campus. Positive behavior is contagious.”
Jesus Versus the Zombies
Sermon series looks at the bad church ideas that just … won’t … die.
Haunted? Even Wesleys heard ‘bumps in night’
It's that time of year. Read ghost stories from churches, cemeteries and the home of one famous Methodist.
What St. Francis can teach United Methodists
The reformer influenced Christian ministry with the poor, preaching, peace and, of course, pets.
Indy event targets spousal abuse in church
Faith communities are not exempt from domestic violence, and every church needs a safety team and a safety plan, says advocate.
Bishop Wertz, uniting leader, dies at 97
Leaders credit him with helping forge the merger into today’s United Methodist Church.
Anchorage church ‘sheds light’ on abuse
Domestic violence affects men, women and families “of all races, of all economic levels, of all ages, of all religions,” says Jennifer Miller of First United Methodist Church.
Moratorium, study urged on online communion
Group of theologians, pastors, bishops and others agree that the conversation about sacraments and online community will continue.
The ‘mother church’ of U.S. Methodism reborn
The Delaware worship house where Asbury and Coke met reopens its door to regular worship as experiment draws crowds.
Should churches offer Holy Communion online?
Bishops, scholars, agency executives and pastors will tackle the theological implications of that question when they meet next week.
Church vitality: Turning mission into members
An aging, urban congregation committed to improving its neighbors’ health and ended up boosting its own vital signs as well.
Saint Paul relocation brings cheers, tears
Historic United Methodist seminary moves from historic working class neighborhood to grounds of Church of the Resurrection.
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