United Methodists of note who died in 2012
Bishops, agency leaders, evangelists and political leaders among those United Methodists who filled their lives with contributions.
2012: Hunger spiked when disaster struck
Whether natural or economic, disasters have driven up need for food assistance this year.
Malaria partnership all about nets
Great Plains and Zimbabwe East conferences celebrate joint efforts as they prepare to distribute 22,000 malaria nets.
Hope of Hearing restarts in Haiti
Program providing hearing aids for children changes lives: ‘He entered meek but left a young man with a new value of himself.’
2012: Church outreach up despite fewer funds
Despite budget cuts, program agencies say ‘thanks’ for the support, recall accomplishments and look ahead to 2013-16.
Africa University host to continental summit
The World Methodist Evangelism Institute taps school as site for its global gathering on the African continent.
Christmas giving blesses giver, receiver
At United Methodist alternative-giving markets, shoppers find that compassion, not consumerism, is the best way to honor the Christ-child.
Typhoon lessons learned in Philippines
Focus on disaster risk reduction by UMCOR and others paid off when Typhoon Bopha struck Dec. 4.
Four years after fire, church has new life
After lightning destroyed their home, congregation worked through ‘identity crisis’ to experience its ‘very own resurrection.’
‘Queen’ reigns over Liberian hospital
In addition to her duties as warehouse assistant at Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Ester Deline also serves as Ganta’s ‘queen.’
Malaria fighters convene on Capitol Hill
Advocates from 29 states, 40 conferences meet with members of Congress to advocate global health funding. Read details of their visit.
Ethnic diversity critical to church future
Commission on Religion and Race gathering draws cross-section leaders to talk about how to help nourish vital, multicultural congregations.
Conferences push malaria goal past $26M
Imagine No Malaria advocacy days on Capitol Hill begin as 100 United Methodists head out to make case for continued global health funding.
Agency lowers East Africa bishop’s salary
Unprecedented action will remain in place until Bishop Daniel Wandabula and his office are in full compliance following audit.
Church honors veterans’ stories of valor
Mother remembers 19-year-old son and families write thank-you notes for those who “put their lives on the line” during Veterans Day service.
45 United Methodists in diverse Congress
United Methodist numbers will drop slightly when the most religiously diverse Congress convenes in January.
Bishop Stokes, scholar and reconciler, dies
Stokes, 100, was a longtime professor at Candler and helped bring together previously segregated church in Mississippi.
‘Giving Tuesday’ to keep Christ in Christmas
Amid the bargain-hunting hype, generous givers seek opportunities to feed hungry, fight malaria, offer relief, nurture leaders and more.
Arkansas program helps addict ‘let go’
‘I lived in the dark, and now I live in the light,’ says Monte Payne, who found hope at Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
Final Cokesbury Christmas for stores
As United Methodist retail outlets close their doors, shoppers find old favorites and new products for Advent at ‘open house’ events.
Cokesbury closures challenge seminaries
Theological schools have multiple options for supplying students. But some worry the loss of brick-and-mortar stores will do lasting damage.
Community health workers bring healing
In remote areas of Liberia with few resources, a team of volunteer health workers is often the only way villagers receive medical care.
N.J. church sign points way to storm relief
Drakestown congregation has provided food, shelter and Internet access to those without power in its community.
Ohio church sews quilts of love for Congo ill
Raising money to buy a new plane for Congo ministry wasn’t enough for a congregation that also wanted a personal touch.
Same-sex unions gain support in U.S. elections
United Methodists were on both sides of the issue Nov. 6 as the vote in four states indicated support for same-sex unions.
Evangelicals team up across denominations
Mainline Protestant evangelicals affirm common theology and explore ways to work together during Dallas meeting.
Reinstated bishop’s next move unknown
The situation is unprecedented. One possibility is that Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe would go to the New Mexico/ Northwest Texas Area.
Top court reinstates ‘retired’ bishop
United Methodist Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe must receive immediate appointment and be restored to full status, Judicial Council rules.
Neighbors help neighbors across NYC
UMCOR-trained early response teams are teaming up with local volunteers to multiply early relief efforts in hard-hit lower Manhattan.
Council affirms focus on mission
The Council of Bishops issued a letter to all United Methodists, sharing the dynamic and creative ways God is leading them after their first meeting of the quadrennium.
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