Church agency executives plan office of new church starts
The agency leaders approve plans to promote church starts as well as training in the Social Principles.
Speaker tells abortion-rights opponents not to give up
The Rev. Billy Abraham addresses a group that wants to change the United Methodist position on abortion.
Agency makes student loans, scholarships available
About $2 million is available for student loans in 2007 through The United Methodist Church’s student loans office.
Church can do more to help poor in Africa, commissioners find
Members of a United Methodist commission learned firsthand how demanding a typical day is for a rural African woman.
Ministry commission puts recommendations, survey online
The Study of Ministry Commission is proposing eight recommendations about the ordering of ministry.
United Methodist pastor to appeal IRS levy on pension check
A United Methodist clergyman and “war tax” resister in Portland, Ore., is fighting a levy placed on his pension.
United Methodists provide shelter in storm
Churches in nine states are providing shelter and other support to people affected by severe winter storms.
Wesley festival at Lincoln Center to benefit UMCOR
A concert will commemorate the 300th anniversary of hymn writer Charles Wesley's birth.
Zimbabwean ministries get boost in communications skills
United Methodist church workers hear challenge to tell stories of faith in their areas.
Commentary: A child shows the way in fight against malaria
If 6-year-old Katherine Commale could help raise thousands, imagine what churches could do, says Bishop Thomas Bickerton.
Communications agency pledges bed nets for Mutare mission
Directors of the agency will buy 175 bed nets for ministries serving children around Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Proposals call for new collaboration among church agencies
Top executives of The United Methodist Church’s agencies agree that 'change must occur... if we are to thrive.'
Sometimes pastors need to call 'time out,' speaker says
Keeping healthy habits and a winner's attitude are critical to being effective in ministry, pastors learn.
MLK speaker urges continued fight for civil rights
The civil rights battle is far from over, a United Methodist pastor told a Boston audience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Church leaders seek to ‘dismantle racism’ for MLK Day
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Christian church leaders are urging congregations to find ways to work together and "be the voice and presence of God's love in the world."
King’s message must be heard today, civil rights leader says
The heart of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message was, 'You are somebody; you are not a nothing,' says the Rev. James Lawson.
United Methodist executive opposes troop surge
The top executive for the church's social justice agency has called on United Methodists to say no to more troops in Iraq.
Church congregations to observe Jubilee Sunday
United Methodist congregations will be among those praying for international debt relief as part of an observance of Jubilee Sunday on Jan. 21.
Convocation for pastors focuses on healthy connections
African-American pastors must let the Holy Spirit breathe on their lives, ministries and communities, says the Rev. Safiyah Fosua.
Legislation reflects range of young people’s concerns
Young people from around the world address social issues and other concerns in legislation for General Conference.
Young people celebrate global connection, hear challenges
More than 250 United Methodist youth and young adults from around the world gather in South Africa for a first ever global event.
Church offers financial counseling for families
“We have a lot of people that have high salaries, but they spend more each year than what they make,” says the Rev. Rick Enns.
Woman gives hugs, support for Alzheimer’s caregivers
“The touch is important,“ says Frances Cooper, whose husband died after a four-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
'I have never typed my name,' says communications trainee
Rev. Margaret Mukundu sat down at a computer on opening day of a communications training exercise and typed her name for the first time.
United Methodists to join observance of Christian Unity week
United Methodists will join those of other faiths to mark the Jan. 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Communications commission meets in Zimbabwe
Twenty-nine members of the Commission on Communications are meeting in Africa Jan. 4-11, the first ever meeting outside the United States.
Crisis leads Sri Lankan Methodists to shun Christmas celebrations
Almost all the churches in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka shunned Christmas celebrations due to a refugee crisis in their war-stricken region.
Bishop’s letter to Rev. King finds U.S. at ‘curious juncture’ on race
Each year, United Methodist Bishop Woodie W. White writes a "birthday" letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the progress of racial equality in the United States.
Raising money for a cause: Nothing But Nets
At the age of 5, Katherine Commale learned how to inspire people and raise money for a good cause.
Church encourages members to work up a sweat
Encouraged by a pastor who faced a health crisis, members of Anderson United Methodist Church are sweating their way to fitness.
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