Pastor stayed behind in hurricane to minister to flock
After riding out the storm, the Rev. Marty Boddie and his wife, Nicole, were able to help area residents in need.
United Methodists plan campaign to ‘rethink church’
“What if ‘church’ were a verb and not a noun?” asks the Rev. Larry Hollon. A new campaign aims to change people’s thinking about church.
Bayous, bays and oceans sent waves of destruction
Texans in hurricane-whipped coastal cities clean up their churches, homes and businesses.
Nashville church gives homeless a church home
Even homeless people deserve to have a church home, says the pastor of an unconventional congregation in Tennessee.
New seminary president relishes 'opportunity to serve'
The Rev. Wendy Edwards of United Theological Seminary becomes the first woman president of a U.S. freestanding United Methodist seminary.
Little church feeds multitudes after Hurricane Ike
A small Texas church feeds hundreds of stranded people with a handful of volunteers, a modest pantry and a belief that they could.
United Methodists call for stewardship over greed
The church’s social action agency calls for regulating Wall Street, while its finance executives stick to a long-term outlook.
Church center hosts hearing on U.N. poverty goals
Women, children and human rights advocates testify on efforts to end poverty in their countries.
Native American women hear call to be role models
United Methodist Native American women from more than 20 tribes gather to celebrate their heritage and listen to God's call on their lives.
Texas United Methodists need help to rebuild after Ike
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie asks for a Sept. 28 offering for hurricane recovery aid in Texas, Louisiana, Haiti and elsewhere.
Commentary: Who is visiting small churches today?
Large-membership churches aren't for everyone, reminds the Rev. Lewis A. Parks in a commentary about small congregations.
Drive-in worshipers opt for bucket seats over pews
On Sunday mornings, the Rev. Norman Markle turns the front steps of a Georgia church into a pulpit and a parking lot into a sanctuary.
Bishop James M. Ault was prominent church leader
Dead at age 90, the retired bishop is remembered as an educator, ecumenist and leader in The United Methodist Church.
Church finance leader dismisses two executives
Three weeks into his new job, the leader of the United Methodist finance agency announces staff changes.
Sidorak brings ecumenical expertise, justice concerns
The new top staff ecumenical officer for The United Methodist Church knows ecumenism from the pew up.
United Methodists organize for new ecumenical efforts
The church's ecumenical agency has new leadership at its helm, many new members on its board and an expanded agenda.
'It's like Katrina all over again,' survivors say of Ike
Three years later, Hurricane Ike destroys homes rebuilt after Rita.
Great Event challenges African-American churches
More than 500 black Methodists are urged to find their voice and power during a church growth and revitalization gathering.
United Methodist pension board focuses on
long term during down market
Pension leaders assure participants that their accounts are well-funded, despite investment losses of $1.5 billion during 2008.
Journals reveal more about Wesley than hymns
Scholars call Charles Wesley's newly transcribed journals a "page turner" that offers a deeper look into Methodism’s poet.
Children learn reading skills in homeless shelter
In Atlanta, a United Methodist-supported literacy program works with children in homeless shelters.
U.S. religious leaders urge moral hurricane response
Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders join together to call for a prompt and just recovery policy in the Gulf Coast.
Florida man works to start Hispanic prayer line
Leland McKeown wants Hispanics to have access to a prayer line similar to the church's existing English-language line.
United Methodist leaders tour hard-hit Texas areas
Church leaders assessing damage in hurricane-battered communities fear the worst is yet to be discovered.
Women’s commission provides better online access
A redesigned Web site launches for the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women.
African bishops issue renewed call against poverty
Poverty is a "scourge to human dignity" that "robs people of hope," say the church's top clergy leaders in Africa.
Hurricane Ike response begins in Texas, Louisiana
United Methodists assess damage from Hurricane Ike and respond to emergency needs along its wide trail of destruction.
Ministry builds, recycles cottages for elderly people
A United Methodist ministry in South Carolina partners to build and transport portable cottages for elderly people on fixed incomes.
Bishop rules request for SMU library decision 'moot'
A request for a decision of law on Southern Methodist University's lease for the Bush library is ruled "improper, moot and hypothetical."
Lack of license limits UMCOR response in Cuba
United Methodists express frustration over not being able to provide disaster relief to Cubans hit hard by the 2008 hurricane season.
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