Time to say ‘hello,‘ ‘goodbye‘ as pastors come and go
In the United Methodist tradition of itinerancy, summer is often a time to say farewell, pack and move to a new church community.
Moves are emotional both for clergy, congregations
Those who have been through it say churches can ease the transition for new pastors with preparation, hospitality and prayer.
United Methodists, Muslims partner to ease suffering
UMCOR and Muslim Aid leaders sign an unprecedented agreement in London to work together in relief efforts worldwide.
Bishop brings message of hope to Zimbabweans
In an African community ravaged by AIDS and malaria, Bishop John R. Schol preaches about Jesus' love and compassion for lepers.
Delegation delivers nets to malaria-infested township
Members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference bring 7,125 insecticide-treated sleeping nets to fight malaria in Zimbabwe.
Faith and sacrifice build new church in Zimbabwe
Ready with bricks, mortar and other materials, a groundbreaking is celebrated for a new Muradzikwa United Methodist Church building.
"Church in a box" concept expands ministry
Batavia United Methodist in Illinois is a church on the move—literally—and taking church to the suburbs every Sunday.
Church supports farmers co-op as act of stewardship
A Tennessee church finds a way to feed its members—and support community-based agriculture that keeps family farms in business.
Community radio crusade renewed in U.S. Congress
“Radio of the people, for the people, by the people" is the goal of bills introduced in the U.S. Congress.
Agency funds racial-ethnic projects and ministries
The Board of Discipleship approves more than $120,000 for 15 racial-ethnic projects.
Commentary: Developing leaders through education
Two retired bishops tout the Global Education Fund as an unprecedented opportunity to develop principled leaders for the world.
Costa Rica partnership to train Hispanic ministers
A new agreement between the church's higher education agency and a Costa Rican university will foster training for Hispanic pastors.
‘Open hearts’ campaign expands church’s reach
Research shows the church’s 6-year-old "Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors" campaign is reaching new “seekers.”
NCC’s mission will continue without him, Edgar says
A United Methodist minister, the Rev. Bob Edgar prepares to leave the National Council of Churches for Common Cause.
United Methodist plan emphasizes new church starts
The United Methodist Church hopes to return to its evangelistic heyday of planting a new U.S. church every day.
Commentary: Pondering a United Methodist future
Noting membership declines, Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker reminds the world that the church is always dying—and being resurrected!
Advocate: Disability access improves access for all
United Methodist Women are urged to take part in the campaign to widen access for people with disabilities.
Poland Annual Conference
The 86th meeting of the Annual Conference in Poland occurred in Klarysew/Warsaw. The conference theme "Immersed in Truth-Truly Free" followed a current theme within Polish society.
Switzerland/France Annual Conference
The Annual Conference of Switzerland/France/North Africa met in Zofingen, Switzerland, around a theme that was an invitation to meet other people not only among conference members but also "outside of the church walls."
Austria Annual Conference
The Austria Annual Conference met in Linz. The session's theme sounded like "unity of faith-diversity of church," but instead of Einheit, the German word for unity, the theme used the German word Einfalt, which means "simplicity" in English
Church leaders urge G8 to fully fund AIDS pledges
Pledges of $60 billion from the world’s major economic powers must be translated into action, say United Methodist executives.
Florida Annual Conference
Administrative matters and elections for delegates to next year's denominational and jurisdictional conferences dominated the 2007 Florida Annual Conference, while an emphasis on youth and global health concerns balanced out the nuts-and-bolts business of the gathering.
United Methodist groups oppose immigration bill
Calling for genuine immigration reform, United Methodist leaders send a letter to the U.S. Senate and urge family-based legislation.
Church mission team brings safe water to Ghana
For the first time, 100,000 villagers in a remote area of West Africa have fresh, safe water, thanks to United Methodists from York, Pa.
Disaster coordinators, volunteers form covenant
The hurricanes of 2004 nudge leaders of UMCOR and Volunteers in Mission toward greater collaboration and coordination.
Africa University awards 282 degrees at graduation
The United Methodist-related school celebrates its 13th graduating class by awarding degrees to students from 15 African countries.
Africa University graduates aid community health
Two pioneer graduates in the master’s program of Health Sciences at Africa University are already impacting their communities.
New Africa University program yields first graduates
Twenty-five public servants graduate with new training aimed at improving government systems and accountability in Africa.
Olson nominated to lead church's Women’s Division
Publishing House executive Harriett Jane Olson is nominated to head the administrative arm for United Methodist Women.
UMCOR, Muslim Aid to sign partnership agreement
A groundbreaking partnership will expand the reach of the United Methodist Committee on Relief to benefit more people around the world.
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