Supercomputer’s win not trivial to Christians
Watson’s triumph in “Jeopardy!” gives some theologians food for thought. Are humans destined to become obsolete?
Church responds to Côte d’Ivoire crisis
Since the contested election last year, United Methodist leaders have called for peace, provided aid and invited people to be in dialogue.
Exploring black history transcends race
Gil Caldwell wonders: If we don’t study our past failings, how can we celebrate the progress we have made?
A friend in mission is a friend indeed
Changing the world requires people to offer their contributions and their companionship, Women’s Division executive writes.
Despite tough times, church giving rises
Fifteen annual (regional) conferences gave 100 percent of the money asked of them to support ministries around the world.
Young pastor juggles many responsibilities
With a love of Wesley and a maturity beyond his 25 years, the Rev. William Brewer serves as spiritual leader for two Ohio churches.
Bishops react to homosexuality statement
Some urge prayer and dialogue. Others express disappointment. Still others support a call to lift ban on gay clergy.
Church court clarifies voting eligibility
New groups of clergy are eligible elect delegates to The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body.
Marriage counseling aids happily ever after
On Valentine’s Day, we idealize love. But experts say relationships are living things and evolve. “Therapy at different points is crucial.”
McCord interns want to give back to church
Students serve as ambassadors for the United Methodist Black College Fund, which supports their schools.
United Methodists cheer Southern Sudan vote
Many churches in the United States already have a relationship with the world’s newest nation.
Love, mission will keep rural church together
Rural congregations called to embrace evangelism and change in effort "to provide sacraments in every place."
Lesbian elder faces church trial
The Rev. Amy DeLong in Wisconsin has been with her partner for nearly 16 years and performed a union for a lesbian couple.
Places of the heart: Rural church at crossroads
Many fear the rural church is being left behind at its moment of greatest need.
Saving Bowbells: Churches keep hope alive
Congregations stand with their communities in a struggle for survival and revival.
Black clergy address unique concerns
At convocation, pastors discussed the times when, like Elijah, they felt like hiding in a cave.
Church court takes up membership, marriage
The Judicial Council again faces a request to reverse a ruling allowing a pastor to bar a gay man from joining his congregation.
United Methodist students evacuate Cairo
Facing increasing violence and unrest, United Methodists studying in Egypt have fled the country and returned home.
33 retired bishops urge end to gay clergy ban
The denomination’s current policy is costing the church both members and leaders, the group says.
Every heart inclined to both good, evil
Evil is often not as dramatic as the Tucson shootings, and we all have the capacity to choose it.
Students offer hugs at Westboro protest
Rather than fight a “hate” group with more hate, United Methodists at American University protested with poetry and hot chocolate.
United Methodists caught in Egypt protests
New Jersey group felt God’s presence during harrowing hours in Cairo. “We prayed for the Egyptian people,” said the Rev. Vicki Miller Brendler.
Stopping church sexual abuse takes training
United Methodists can do better than what the law requires in preventing and reporting predatory behavior, church leaders say.
BBC puts focus on King James Bible
Because the translation still has such resonance in everyday life, the UK network will devote hours of airtime to its history.
British Methodists transcribe Bible by hand
Five-month initiative aims to help people encounter the Bible’s stories, poetry and teachings in a new way.
Sexual misconduct tests denomination
The United Methodist Church still has work to do in helping victim-survivors, an agency leader says.
Church responds to immigration arrests
For members of the Ellensburg, Wash., congregation, immigration is not just a hot-button issue. “It’s a humanitarian issue.”
Churches cut utility costs, care for earth
Congregations invest in the future with building updates. “People have been taking more pride in our building, and they want to do more.”
Global Fund reviews cases of grant misuse
The cases don’t involve money pledged by The United Methodist Church to fight malaria in Africa, church leaders say.
GOP dominates church’s congressional group
Republicans outnumber Democrats two to one among United Methodists in 112th Congress.
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