When disaster hits: Churches must prepare
Texas tornados left six dead, many homeless. Learn how UMCOR, annual conferences provide disaster response training.
Mental health: Activity benefits aging
“As a church,” says successful-aging leader Barbara Bruce, “we must not let our older members languish and become stagnant.”
Newtown responders get ‘Strength for Service’
First responders receive blessings and healing after witnessing “a vision that no one should” at scene of Dec. 14 tragedy.
The Big Garden grows food and communities
Learn how some United Methodists in Omaha helped create a network that is addressing hunger and more in their region.
Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference
About 50 people participated in the 2013 session of the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference.
Hungary Annual Conference
“Younger, more educated and more caring” — this could be the headline on the Hungarian Methodists after the 2011 census.
Effort to make Social Principles more global
2012 General Conference adopts petition to revise to make them “more succinct, theologically founded and globally relevant.”
Mental Health: Church needed on or off campus
Students facing mental health crises fastest-growing group on college campuses as they struggle to cope and look for help.
Campus ministry keeps students safe
At The Barn, the fun environment brings students in, but the safe environment and support system bring them back.
Theologian charged for same-sex wedding
The Rev. Thomas Ogletree, a retired seminary dean known for his work on Christian ethics, presided over the wedding of his son.
United Methodists monitor immigration bill
Church leaders have signed a statement outlining how the U.S. Senate bill fits — and does not fit — with United Methodist teachings.
Steps for vital older adult ministry
United Methodists observe Older Adult Recognition Day in May, but churches can reach out to older members all year long.
United Methodists prep for 2013 conferences
Amid serious deliberations, members also take time to celebrate in United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines.
Bishops hold 2nd closed meeting
Gathering will be more like a retreat to exchange ideas, say bishops. Still, some longtime church observers say the meeting should be open.
Mental health care: Training equips churches
Two-day event in Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference draws clergy, laity starting initiatives to address mental illness.
Mental health care: Education is key
After her son’s tragic death, the Rev. Cheryl Magrini made it her mission to fight the stigma and raise awareness of mental illness.
Church vitality: How do you define it?
Leaders across the denomination ponder that question even as they try to increase the number of highly vital churches.
How old is too old to join the clergy?
A Texas Conference proposal to encourage people over 45 not to seek ordination is igniting debate.
Remembering Bob Edgar and his impact
A tribute to a “tireless champion for vulnerable people” who will be sorely missed.
United Methodists mourn Bob Edgar
The top executive of Common Cause, longtime advocate for the poor, and United Methodist pastor died today at 69.
West Church service honors the helpers
Following Texas explosion, pastor says community will not be defined by death and destruction, but by how “we show the love of God to each other.”
Judicial Council splits East Africa decision
Denomination’s top court says complaint process still incomplete; rules only that South Sudan pastor be paid.
Seeing God’s presence in a week of tragedy
In an unprecedented time of challenges, many see God’s love in multiple ways. Read what they say and share what you have seen.
Church responds to West, Texas explosion
As rescue efforts continue, Central and North Texas conferences mobilize to provide information on what people can do in response.
Church offers help in wake of tragedy
We can never know why tragedy occurs, but The United Methodist Church offers resources to help those seeking consolation.
United Methodists invest in Sandy recovery
On April 12, UMCOR directors approved $3 million grants to both the New York and Greater New Jersey conferences.
United Methodist schools focus on service
Many United Methodist-related schools are "developing a new culture of service among young people," says Autumn Dennis.
Bishop urges peace in Korea
As the situation on the Korean Peninsula raises concern throughout the world, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung calls for an end to threats of war.
Church TV show and Jackie Robinson
The TV program produced by the Methodist Church offers a glimpse of Jackie Robinson in the role of civic leader.
Chabadza! Zimbabwe-Norway project pays off
Tradition of lending a helping hand results in new medical facility for mothers and babies and other projects on the boards.
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