D.C. vigils call for ‘faithful budget’
Interfaith leaders are hosting daily vigils at the United Methodist building to urge lawmakers to remember the most vulnerable.
More clergy offer to bless same-sex unions
About 900 clergy signed statements saying they will marry gay couples as annual conferences grapple with the issue.
Food ministry rises above Minot flood
Ada and Bob Lower lost their home and church, but they still feed the hungry. People need them ‘now more than ever.’
Minot pastor asks for prayers and volunteers
Faith United Methodist remains underwater, but the church is reaching out to minister to the thousands of homeless.
Budget battle: Don’t forget the poor
Faith leaders call on Congress, Obama administration to continue commitments to poverty programs.
Nebraska Annual Conference
Joined in Community by the Spirit was the thematic underpinning for the Nebraska United Methodist Annual Conference Session. Lincoln St. Mark’s UMC provided extraordinary hospitality and offered one of the best venues for the annual conference session in many years.
Pacific Northwest Annual Conference
From June 23-26, United Methodists representing 265 faith communities gathered for the 138th session of the Pacific Northwest Conference in Pasco, Wash.
Tennessee Annual Conference
Entering the events of the 2011 annual conference, those in the Tennessee Conference were fully aware of the theme “Risk-Taking Mission & Service.”
Arkansans bring pain relief to Uganda
A 19-member team from Fayetteville brought needed medical aid and help with evangelism in the east African country.
Child of apartheid to lead World Methodists
Bishop Ivan Abrahams says “black and white blood” makes him a reconciler. He encourages the church to speak for those who cannot.
The Battling Bishops … and other UM mascots
In the colorful world of team mascots, United Methodist-related schools are at the top of the class.
Churches scramble in Minn. shutdown
A lack of government services has led to increased calls for help to area churches, and demand may exceed supply.
Conferences focus on disaster relief
While conferences also worked on feeding the hungry, fighting malaria and encouraging youth, helping victims of this year’s storms was a priority.
Vegetables sprout health, hope in Omaha
Even the hungriest rabbits cannot daunt the spirit of The Big Garden as it engages the community and encourages healthy nutrition.
Wisconsin Annual Conference
The Wisconsin Annual Conference UMC took place at the Chula Vista Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells June 12 -15, featuring the theme “Love Unconditionally,” which was woven throughout the four days of activities.
Yellowstone Annual Conference
The forty-second session of the Yellowstone Annual Conference was held June 10-13 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Mont.
Zimbabwe women’s club empowers
Teaching sewing, craft and cooking skills benefits women financially as well as personally.
New England Annual Conference
The New England Annual Conference met in holy conferencing at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., from Wednesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 11, 2011.
Putting faith in Wall Street
United Methodist pension agency helps church put its investment money where its mouth is.
Susquehanna Annual Conference
After citing words in Deuteronomy, “I set before you life and death. Choose life,” Bishop Jane Allen Middleton asked 1,500 United Methodists, “What personal or congregational baggage and keepsakes is Christ calling us to leave today so that we might follow him more closely as his faithful disciples?”
West Ohio Annual Conference
The 42nd session of the West Ohio Annual Conference began with music from the Marty Ford Experience, ushering in vibrant praise and a spirit of celebration that would continue throughout a week of “Unleashing New Life.”
Youth discover service, potential in mission
Mission trips are key in Missouri Conference. “It helps them see what they are capable of doing and that they can do great things.”
Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference
Nearly 1,000 members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference met May 19-21, 2011, at the Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Penn., with the theme “Journeying with the Poor.”
Rio Grande Annual Conference
Under the theme of “Moving Forward to Do God’s Will,” approximately 220 delegates received various reports on the state of the conference’s vitality, initiatives and opportunities to create a culture of growth.
United Methodists boost UMCOR kit supply
Illinois Great Rivers bests Iowa in towel-collecting competition as other annual (regional) conferences donate relief items.
Young pastors prepare for season of change
As their first year of ministry ends, young clergy look to the future – and some look toward a new church home.
Desert Southwest Annual Conference
The 27th twenty-seventh session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference opened on Thursday, June 23, with a service of Remembrance and Resurrection.
Kentucky Annual Conference
More than 1,200 United Methodists felt God’s presence during the 2011 Kentucky Annual Conference session, held June 8-11 in Covington, Ky.
Rural churches a unique start for young clergy
Many first-time clergy learn the ropes at small rural churches, but those churches often feel they lose their pastors too soon.
World refugee count at 15-year high
Church agency, refugee programs look for more local congregations to assist with U.S. resettlement.
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