Gloria Holt, prominent lay leader, dies
She served at every level of the denomination, but her greatest passion was disciple-making at the local church.
United Methodists remember and look ahead
They came from across the country with individual memories and common yearning to assess the dreams of the 1963 march.
North Katanga Annual Conference
The North Katanga Annual Conference convened its 43rd session attended by clergy and lay people in Kamina from Aug. 18 to 22.
Conference withdraws clergy age guidelines
Texas Conference considered encouraging those older than 45 not to seek ordination but dropped proposal after clergy reaction.
Life will go on for college parents
Just like their children, some parents handle the ‘letting go’ of college better than others.
What every college freshman should know
Faculty and students from United Methodist-related schools share advice on how to make the journey from home to college easier.
Mentoring vital to keeping ministry alive
When done right, mentorship can help young clergy through challenging times. Does The United Methodist Church “do it right?”
Elvis Presley’s Methodist moment
Each August, fans mark the singer’s 1977 death. Here’s a history lesson on some ways a church agency was linked to the star’s record label.
The ABCs of back-to-school outreach
Whether your congregation is large or small, you can learn creative ways to reach out to students and families in a new academic year.
Mississippi Annual Conference
The Opening Service of Worship for the 2013 Mississippi Annual Conference was fittingly a Service of Holy Communion this year, as Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. declared this being the “best way to officially usher in the conference session.”
Southwest Texas Annual Conference
Officiating bishop: Bishop Jim Dorff
Church on Congo violence: ‘9/11 every day’
Board of Church and Society leaders meet with bishop and government minister in DRC to support ‘just peace’ In face of ongoing violence.
Tackling hunger ‘hands-on’ at annual conference
This year, 10 United Methodist conferences packed 680,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now during annual conference sessions.
Wesley professor joins U.S. State Department
Shaun Casey’s main task will be to reach out to religious groups around the world.
Despite declines, signs of vitality in 2012
Leaders of conferences that saw growth last year offer advice to the majority that saw dips in membership and attendance.
Conference budgets show modest growth
More United Methodist conferences are seeing a modest budget increase for 2014 than are cutting their budget or staying flat.
Pastors share advice at Africa University
Presentation at pastors’ school addresses itinerancy system and the “mixed emotions” experienced by both outgoing and incoming clergy.
Regional conferences take on social issues
United Methodists tackled hot-button topics like homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform.
New Mexico Annual Conference
The New Mexico Annual Conference took place May 29 – June 1 in Clovis, N.M.
South Carolina Annual Conference
The South Carolina Annual Conference met June 9-12 at the Florence Civic Center, Florence, South Carolina.
United Methodists ready kids for school
Special back-to-class events offer resources and fun for families, along with a chance to see the church in action.
Central Texas Annual Conference
If at first blush you find the themes of “Embracing Change/New Ways of Thinking” and “Getting Back to Basics” to be in conflict, if not diametrically opposed with each other, you would not be alone. You also would not have been in attendance at the 147th Central Texas Annual Conference to witness the preaching, teaching, actions and discussions that served to weave these two themes together into a tapestry of hope and direction for the Central Texas Conference.
Rocky Mountain Annual Conference
The 45th session of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference took place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center in Denver, Colo., June 13-16.
Susquehanna Annual Conference
United Methodists from 920 churches in central and northeastern Pennsylvania met for the fourth time as the Susquehanna Annual Conference. Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., was the setting on June 13-15, for worship, celebration, holy conferencing, and to celebrate a church “Alive in Christ on a Journey of Faith.”
Tennessee Annual Conference
There were many firsts for the 46th session of the Tennessee Annual Conference, themed “Expecting Greater Things (2013 — Being Disciples),” which took place once again at Brentwood (Tenn.) United Methodist Church.
Texas Annual Conference
The Texas Annual Conference met May 26-29 at the Hilton Americas, Downtown Houston, under the leadership of Bishop Janice Riggle Huie.
Western North Carolina Annual Conference
The members of the 2013 Western North Carolina Annual Conference gathered at Lake Junaluska, June 19-23.
Academy makes young African entrepreneurs
In an annual conference where one-sixth of the members are youth, United Methodists are reaching out in new ways.
Mental health: Clergy job often equals stress
Itinerancy, too little down time and even too many potlucks take their toll on spiritual leaders if they don’t focus on their own health.
New England Annual Conference
The New England Annual Conference met in holy conferencing at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., from Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15, 2013.
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