Peace depends on ‘courageous remnant’
The Rev. Bob Edgar tells those at peace conference to ‘be out on the edge a bit’ and help church ‘step up for change.’
Call to ‘remind people to honor each other’
Pastors in ministry during Occupy protests see their role as recognizing the humanity of everyone and remembering we are all God’s people.
Faith guides church in Penn State crisis
St. Paul’s pastor reminds congregation of duty to care for each other as Penn State coach’s sexual abuse case touches all.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things
“Sorry for the Inconvenience: We’re Trying to Save the World” said the “soccer mom’s” sign as she joined 10,000 others in Occupy march.
‘Would I be able to worship at your church?’
Simple request from a homeless man moves a youth group to start Open Table program that has grown to more than 80 tables.
Program makes room at table for poor
As volunteers mentor those trying to break the cycle of poverty, they find themselves transformed.
‘AIDS-free generation’ in sight
On World AIDS Day 2011, United Methodists embrace the call to end the global AIDS pandemic.
Stigma kills as effectively as AIDS
As we recognize World AIDS Day, people testify that “worse than having HIV and AIDS is the way people treat you.”
Advent app joins online devotional resources
A new mobile app, an online retreat and devotions delivered via email offer digital ways to prepare spiritually to remember Christ’s birth.
Ivorian officials welcome church leaders
After a year of difficulty, delegation meets with government and faith leaders to discuss rebuilding and reconciliation of the country.
12 ways you can fight hunger
From food pantries to walking to buying livestock, there are ways to make a difference every day in the fight to end hunger.
Sierra Leone appoints 2 women to D.S. posts
‘We will not fail you,’ promises lay leader as appointments end 15 years without a woman in district superintendent post.
Exploration 2011: ‘God is calling’
Slideshow captures images of young people considering ordained ministry. “God doesn’t call the equipped, God equips those who are called.”
Hunger continues to plague Horn of Africa
UMCOR, Church World Service among aid groups providing emergency and long-term relief to drought-stricken region.
Occupy ‘astonishing opportunity for clergy’
Seattle pastor pepper-sprayed by police urges colleagues to see ‘pulpit now in streets’ and share Gospel through pastoral care.
$90 million budget advised for bishops
The 2013-16 budget request for the Episcopal Fund represents about a 4 percent decline from the previous four years.
Japan relief efforts pay off
United Methodist congregations find unique ways to show their concern after the March earthquake/tsunami in Japan.
Peace in Sudan, peace everywhere
One of the Lost Boys, Michael Kuany remembers ‘people he left behind’ as he works to rebuild peace in South Sudan through new interfaith school.
Zimbabwe project welcomes ex-prisoners
Prison Fellowship works with churches to reach out to recently released to provide a church home for re-entry.
United Methodists give flood survivors hope
Volunteers, case managers and canvassers ease physical, emotional load for those affected by April 2010 disaster in Tennessee.
Artificial limbs change Sierra Leone lives
Recipient loses leg when rebels attack village and invade his home but regains life through United Methodist-supported program.
Bishops vow to uphold same-sex union ban
Council of Bishops’ letter is first response after statements by United Methodist clergy willing to bless such unions and by clergy opposed.
United Methodists see Occupy protest ties
Call for “just society” and parallels to Wesleyan theology drawing clergy, laity across the country to offer ministry, help.
Arkansas Annual Conference Special Session (10/29)
The Oct. 29 Called Session of the Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference resulted in an approved budget for 2012.
New tools add punch to vital congregations
Church agency launches Innovative Leadership Project to connect visitors to church, strengthen teamwork and nurture spirituality.
Religious leaders: Don’t cut poverty funding
Interfaith leaders want to maintain global development assistance funds in Senate bill for 2012 U.S. budget.
Everyday ‘saints’ transform lives, faith
Facebook question elicits memories as people share stories of family and friends who made — or are making — a difference.
$3 million grant boosts malaria campaign
Gates Foundation, in collaboration with United Nations Foundation, offers support to United Methodist initiative.
Wenner, Brown win election to lead bishops
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany will be the first woman from outside the United States to preside over the council.
Maintain connections, top court rules
Conference restructuring plans, penalty for officiating at civil unions among topics addressed in October decisions.
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