Men’s leader affirms Scout decision delay
After more review, Boy Scouts of America says it will consider in May the issue of whether to end its ban on gay members and leaders.
Men’s leader elaborates on scouting changes
United Methodist Men faced criticism after supporting a proposal to allow local groups to choose whether to have gay leaders and members.
Church takes fresh look at Christian unity
New Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships begins with meeting to “strengthen and enhance” efforts toward unity.
2 agencies agree with change in Boy Scout ban
Possibility of ending ban on gay scouts and leaders more consistent with church law, say United Methodist Men and Church and Society.
Church immigration network changing
In what promises to be a watershed year in immigration reform, the United Methodist immigrant justice network refocuses on a national scale.
Denomination urged to trust, share leadership
Nearly 1,000 United Methodists attend leadership-training event focused on finding common language and instilling trust for next four years.
Still there, Connectional Table starts anew
Church body regroups with new members to set priorities, but emotions surrounding previous effort to restructure operations evident.
After 50 years, MLK dream nearer to reality
In his annual letter, Bishop White recalls 1963 when King ‘took that mass of humanity to … Church!’ in the March on Washington.
King opposed war, not those who served
King ‘foot soldier’ emphasizes that acts of concern and care for those who defend the nation are ‘essential for any of us who claim to be antiwar.’
Methodists join Belfast peace effort
East Belfast mission, pastor use facility there to bring community together to find way to end violence, destruction.
Honoring veterans is tribute to King’s legacy
When protesting war or Jim Crow laws, Civil Rights leader engaged the policymakers, not those simply following orders.
Faith coalition backs Obama gun plan
United Methodists join faith leaders representing more than 80 million Americans in urging immediate action to respond to crisis.
Human Relations Day gifts aid recovery
Easter tragedy leads to lifesaving outreach to addicts in Arkansas. “This is not just a job,” says executive director. ‘It’s a ministry.’
Human Relations Day: Join in seeking justice
Little Rock pastor reminds that Human Relations Days offers opportunity to work with others ‘to heal the wounds of social inequality.’
Embrace military families and give thanks
Retired Navy chaplain reflects on 30 years of active service and shares ways for United Methodist churches to reach out.
Alabama church seeks healing after shooting
Days after their pastor accused of shooting and killing his wife, worshippers at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon sought comfort and answers.
Swift reaction to bishop’s gay marriage stand
Chicago Area bishop’s support of Illinois marriage legislation brings comments from all perspectives in the same-sex civil union debate.
Book applies prayer to world problems
United Methodist pastor’s book moves mission of international effort to relieve human suffering to daily deeds.
College students fight human trafficking
Wesley Foundation at Florida International leads helps others to understand this ‘modern-day slavery’ could happen on any campus.
From ‘borderline bordello’ to the pulpit
For much of his life, Rudy Rasmus profited from others’ pain and sin. Now he tries to save them from it.
Sports help warriors on path to healing
Not all war wounds are visible. “One of the greatest wounds is the soul wound,” said United Methodist Navy chaplain Laura Bender.
Caregivers need care after traumatic events
Clergy who volunteer as crisis care responders often find themselves needing a shoulder to lean on.
Sunday Supper events reach out to military
Seeking new ways to honor veterans and to embrace military families, United Methodist congregations share special plans for Jan. 20 and beyond.
Faith leaders join call to end gun violence
Bells toll Dec. 21 for Newtown, Conn., shooting victims as religious leaders call for swift action to stop future tragedies.
Home for Christmas? Not for border families
For those torn apart by immigration issues, the wire mesh fence between the U.S. and Mexico is the site of tears and ‘communion.’
2012: The year in pictures
View images from around the world of the church in action from the United Methodist News Service archives.
Newtown pastor sees pain as path to healing
The Rev. Mel Kawakami reflects on the hurt in his community as he shepherds his flock through anguish of school shootings.
2012: A year’s worth of disasters
As pain stretched across continents and touched some places already damaged, United Methodists throughout the connection responded.
United Methodists honor Inouye’s service
U.S. senator “demonstrated the highest ideals of what it meant to serve the country as well as to serve the public,” says bishop.
Grief transcends faith boundaries in Newtown
Religious community of Connecticut area comes together with governor and President to lead the healing process after horror of shootings.
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