United Methodists reflect on costs of Iraq war
As the Iraq war enters its sixth year, the costs extend far beyond those who have died in the violence, say church leaders.
Zimbabwe’s economy adds to retirees’ misery
A church initiative is confronting the lack of pension for retired pastors and widows.
Elijah Kabungaidze: ‘I have nothing to give them’
As a superintendent, Kabungaidze worries about the pastors and widows in his area.
Tabitha Katsande: ‘It was difficult to save anything’
The pastor’s widow says at times she is scared and doesn’t know how she will survive.
Willie Marare: Thankful to God, despite hardships
With the loss of his sight, Marare struggles, but he says God is wonderful to him.
Choir children dream of happy futures
A United Methodist program is giving 23 Ugandan children a better start in life.
Choir director Tonny Mbowa shapes young lives
The survivor of a difficult childhood, Mbowa pursues a calling to help others.
Global partnership takes aim at malaria deaths
Bishop Janice Huie joins businessman Ted Turner as he announces an expanded global partnership against malaria.
Choir opens world to children with 'hard lives'
Twenty-three children whose lives have been uprooted by war are preparing for their first “international tour.”
Church rescues children in displaced persons’ camp
Dorothy Lakol’s life was in jeopardy before she was chosen to be part of a Uganda children’s choir.
Pastor brings church to vulnerable people
The Rev. Titus Olaka offers the Gospel and hope to an internally displaced persons’ camp in northern Uganda.
Training helps Florida churches prepare for storms
With an active hurricane season predicted, United Methodists in Florida are preparing to help their neighbors weather the storms.
Faith community examines disaster response
A Church World Service forum brings together leaders in disaster relief ministry to discuss economics and justice in disaster response.
U.S. state efforts advance to abolish death penalty
United Methodists in Maryland, Nebraska and other states are key in efforts to end capital punishment.
Retired Liberian clergy eke out survival on pensions
The next installment of a four-week series focuses on Liberia, where a pension program is helping clergy and church lay workers.
Advocates fought for N.J. death penalty repeal
In 2007, New Jersey became the first state in 42 years to legislatively end the death penalty.
Commentary: Death penalty law follows spirit of ’56
The United Methodist Church officially opposed the death penalty at the 1956 General Conference.
Court closes United Methodist church in Russia
United Methodists are investigating a regional court’s order to dissolve a congregation in response to a suit.
Sister Prejean to receive Methodist peace award
The Catholic nun known for her opposition to the death penalty will receive the award April 2 in New Orleans.
Agnes Toe: 'Ministry was a blessing in my life'
Wiping away tears, this United Methodist pastor's widow in Liberia struggles with family losses, illness and poverty.
The Rev. James Mazdeh: Praying for another day
"Whatever God provides, I eat it for the day and pray for another," says Mazdeh, 86, who relies on a quarterly pension worth US$60.
The Rev. Joseph Sunday: No nest egg after 33 years
"We eat once a day," says Sunday, 77, who led rural churches in Liberia and retired from active ministry in 2002.
The Rev. Karmah Early: 'My life is total darkness'
Blind for several years, she survives on a meager church pension after years of service as a United Methodist pastor in Liberia.
Meet Ben Scharfstein, ‘the inviting guy’
"You have to make it personal," says the one-man evangelism marvel, on how to invite people to church without turning them away.
Saint Paul seminary to thank Congo mission partners
A partnership delivering more than $14 million in medicines to Africa honors Good Samaritans who made the life-saving airlift a reality.
Youth experience ‘night walk’ as homeless teen
In Chicago, the Night Walk program gives young people a taste of street life at night from a homeless youth's perspective.
Curriculum invites children to build ‘rock solid’ faith
Hank the Hammer and friends will help children build a "rock solid heart of faith" through a new United Methodist Sunday school offering.
United Methodists begin Midwest flood response
UMCOR and disaster relief leaders respond to flooding and other weather challenges in Arkansas, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.
Ana Chuquele: ‘I can’t stand up straight’
Chuquele of Mozambique receives about $20 a month in pension and is surviving with her children’s help.
Church acts on pension needs in Africa, elsewhere
Mozambique is a key focus area for a churchwide pension initiative. First of a four-week series.
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