“While all congregations have some aspect of vitality, highly vital congregations grow over time, engage more people in ministry and are more generous in giving to mission.” — Washington Area Bishop John R. Schol.
Vital congregations site empowers churches
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A new website, UMVitalCongregations.org,
launching today offers tools for churches to assess their health and set goals for becoming vital. Churches also can share stories of success.
British Methodists discuss poverty, climate change
LONDON (UMNS) — The 2011 Methodist Conference, the gathering of the Methodist Church in Britain, met June 30 – July 7, in Southport, England, for prayer, worship and debate. Issues up for debate included the Big Society, poverty and inequality, climate change and the Anglican-Methodist Covenant. The conference also designated a new president and vice president for 2012-13, the Rev. Mark Wakelin and Michael King, who will be inducted during the 2012 conference in Plymouth.
Worship group offers free student membership
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts offers free online membership for students. The fellowship, an affiliate of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, serves as a resource organization.
Building interfaith community in Switzerland
BOSSEY, Switzerland (UMNS) — Twenty-three students from more than a dozen nations are attending a course this July on “Building an Interfaith Community” at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. Now in its fifth year, the institute’s summer course brings together students of Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions for a time of study, shared experience of one another’s sacred spaces and reflection on their own cultures, spiritualities and worldviews.
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