Bishops adopt guidelines for granting deacons sacramental authority
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has approved guidelines for allowing deacons to administer Holy Communion.
Documentary focuses on reaching the homeless
The key reason for homelessness is loss of family, says a pastor who provides a ministry that brings dignity to the person living on the street.
Faith helps man turn trash into treasure
David Corner, 73, turns “garbage into gold” by diverting items meant for landfills to people in need around the world.
Nets distribution campaign kicks off in Côte d’Ivoire
Thousands of parents waited in line Nov. 11 to receive a bed net that would protect their children from mosquitoes, which carry malaria.
Faith groups call for end to immigration raids
United Methodist agencies sign letter to president calling for end to immigration raids which devastate families.
Sixty years later, human rights remain a universal goal
Commentary asks United Methodists to remember and pray for victims of human rights violations.
‘Extraordinary ordination’ has no United Methodist status, bishops say
Council says the ordination of a lesbian and another woman who champions gay rights has no status in the denomination.
Phone cards still helping soldiers remain connected
The people of The United Methodist Church have donated more than 13 million minutes of conversations with loved ones to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.
United Methodists look forward to nets outreach in Côte d’Ivoire
A worship service signaled the start of a week of distributing free bed nets to protect families from mosquito-borne malaria in Côte d’Ivoire.
Ballot initiatives draw United Methodist advocacy
The church weighs in on hot-button election issues such as same-sex marriage, casino gambling and state income taxes.
Bishops affirm church’s four areas of ministry focus
The centerpieces of United Methodist ministry for the next four years are affirmed by the denomination’s bishops as "God’s call to us."
Commentary: Veterans Day is a time to support
The wounds of war go beyond lost limbs and broken bones, says a retired military chaplain calling on the church's help.
Commentary: Beyond a black and white election
Barack Obama's election is more about leadership, vision and inspiration than race, says pastor, author Adam Hamilton.
Commentary: Can Barack Obama change the importance of race for us?
Throughout his campaign, Barack Obama never rejected his ethnicity, but also never let it define him, says commentary writer Jeneane Jones.
Local churches receive grants for global projects
The United Methodist social action agency awards more than $150,000 in grants to help ethnic churches engage in social justice ministry.
Church leaders welcome Obama, urge prayers
United Methodists hail the U.S. president-elect as an agent of change, a bridge-builder and a "gift" to the world.
Flood buckets, kits needed at UMCOR supply depot
A rash of 2008 floods and hurricanes in the U.S. have drained the inventory of supplies at UMCOR's Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana.
Methodist bishops celebrate election, pray for Obama
With tears, hymns and prayers, a jubilant United Methodist Council of Bishops celebrates the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president.
UMCOR to establish U.S. supply depot in Utah
A new supply depot in Salt Lake City will allow UMCOR to better serve church members and communities in the western United States.
AIDS ministry in Kansas reaches out to Hispanics
Arturo Ponce has a life-and-death mission in the fight against HIV/AIDS through United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries.
Online survey seeks responses from clergy spouses
The voices of clergy spouses are often not heard by the church, but one church agency is trying to remedy that.
United Methodists receive licenses for work in Cuba
After weeks of diplomatic efforts, the United Methodist Committee on Relief can begin providing help to hurricane-ravaged Cuba.
Election Day prompts online 'Conversation on Race'
Barack Obama's presence in the U.S. presidential race spurs a series of commentaries exploring race and racism.
Palmer: Church is increasingly seizing change
In his first address, the president of the Council of Bishops says "the pain of remaining the same has begun to exceed the pain of change."
Church court: Structural changes require legislation
The top court of The United Methodist Church addresses questions related to proposed changes in the denomination's structure.
Couple exposes dark side of chocolate this Halloween
When Devin Tharp takes his toddler trick-or-treating, he'll educate his neighbors on the bittersweet truth behind chocolate.
Chaplains provide ‘listening ears,’ ‘tender hearts’
Military chaplains care for the hearts and souls of soldiers while other military commanders oversee their physical and mental preparation.
Cross opens doors for military chaplains to minister
Chaplains stand out because of what they wear and what they don’t carry. They wear crosses. They carry no weapon.
Military chaplains extend church’s global outreach
In a five-part series, UMNS shares the stories of United Methodist clergy serving as military chaplains in the Pacific Rim.
Chaplains: Ministry to warriors is exciting, humbling
U.S. Navy Chaplain Douglas Waite shares his unlikely journey from being a '70s flower child to a military chaplain in Hawaii.
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