Czech Republic/Slovakia Annual Conference
Two new initiatives of The United Methodist Church relate directly to the capital of the Czech Republic.
Gandhi urges graduates to ‘transform Africa’
Arun Gandhi tells 350 Africa University graduates to turn their knowledge into wisdom.
Hungary Provisional Annual Conference
At this year’s annual conference in Hungary, the younger generation participated more than ever before. Among both clergy and lay people, a considerable number of younger men and women were elected as members of the various commissions.
It takes someone special to be a dad
As Father’s Day approaches, people share on Facebook how dads nurture their faith and enrich their life.
Minnesota Annual Conference
Bishop Sally Dyck gave the nearly 800 members of 2011 Minnesota Annual Conference a simple challenge: to interview someone, preferably a young adult, who is not a church participant.
West Michigan Annual Conference
Opening the 43rd Session of the West Michigan Annual Conference, Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton called upon the members to “feed both the body and spiritual needs of a hungry world!”
Western North Carolina Annual Conference
Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster presided. Clergy and laity sessions were held separately to address issues significant to each group; however, both received information on the new clergy-evaluation process developed by the cabinet and the board of ordained ministry.
Network empowers young African women
In Sierra Leone, gender and age barriers keep young women from leadership roles. A new network aims to break those barriers.
Red Bird Missionary Conference
Red Bird Missionary Conference opened with a message from Bishop Lindsey Davis, via video, from his home, where is recovering from a recent hospitalization. Bishop Michael Coyner, from the Indiana Area, presided over the conference session, which was held at Thousandsticks United Methodist Church.
South Germany Annual Conference
The ninth South German Annual Conference gathered May 18-22 in Öhringen und Heilbronn, Germany, with Bishop Rosemarie Wenner presiding. The conference theme was “Where heaven and earth meet.” This theme was highlighted several times during the conference.
Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference
The 2011 Alabama–West Florida Annual Conference met with the theme “Living the Mission.” Bishop Paul L. Leeland, presiding over his third annual conference session since becoming the resident bishop, welcomed clergy and lay members to Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.
Clean water saves lives, makes disciples
Four communities in remote Mozambique are praising God and The United Methodist Church for a life-saving well project.
Lewd tweets offer lessons on sexual ethics
Lawmaker’s misstep highlights concern over abuse of power in both church and society.
UMCOR aids demining team in Libya
With UMCOR support, ACT Alliance team enters besieged Libyan city to help city try to restore way of life
Calling all Phil Campbells!
Alaska United Methodist pastor joins his namesakes to build a Habitat house in tornado-hit Phil Campbell, Ala.
Church must ‘measure what we treasure’
Corporate America’s best practices don’t necessarily apply to reinventing The United Methodist Church.
Mass. churches join tornado response
United Methodists offer emergency food, services in wake of severe damage on June 1
5 ways to improve clergy health
United Methodist leaders have proposed changes to help pastors relieve stress and to promote overall wellness.
Sierra Leone women condemn tribal divisions
Regional and tribal loyalties are unjust and detrimental to national cohesion, United Methodist Women say.
Rural Texas church struggles with finances
Archer City congregation wants to attract more youth but has hard time with meeting day-to-day commitments.
Church confronts AIDS — but often timidly
While some United Methodists model acceptance, many HIV-positive people still feel the sting of rejection.
UM school gets firm foundation
Because of two sisters, more than 200 children in Sierra Leone no longer have to attend class outside on sand.
Joplin response shows denomination’s strength
After the deadliest tornado on record, the United Methodist connection is getting people the help and hope they need.
Thirty years later, AIDS stigma remains
United Methodist deacon accompanies HIV-positive people "through the valley of the shadow of death to new hope."
Update: 70 Minn. clergy OK same-sex unions
The clergy released the statement at their annual conference in response to a proposed state constitutional amendment.
Young clergy drawn to social justice
Many young pastors say they went to seminary because of The United Methodist Church’s commitment to serving the marginalized.
Panel: Church is too U.S.-centric
Ideas to strengthen global bonds include adopting a new covenant, slimming down the Book of Discipline and looking at church restructuring.
New site highlights ministries with the poor
Interactive site offers chance to engage in a denominational focus.
A van is my parish
Without transportation to school, these Ohio teens might not graduate. A caring United Methodist pastor offers them a ride and a listening ear.
Churches reflect on military sacrifices
Memorial Day is more than just another day off. It’s also an opportunity to honor ‘those who put themselves in harm’s way.’
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