Church agencies battle human trafficking
Eighty percent of those trafficked are women and girls, and half of all victims are under the age of 13.
Church offers aid amid Ivorian tumult
Churches are providing shelter and relief to people displaced by the fighting, and the United Methodist radio station remains on the air.
Illinois chooses life over death penalty
Illinois joined a growing number of states abolishing the death penalty, a stance that The United Methodist Church has supported since the 1950s.
Inmates offer Lenten thoughts on God’s love
Repentance and Christ’s death have special meaning for prisoners. “They make mistakes. We make mistakes. But the Lord loves us all.”
Christopher called man of faith, peace
The former U.S. secretary of state lived out his United Methodist identity on the world stage, his pastor said.
Japan’s churches to help house survivors
Even a country as well-prepared as Japan cannot cope without assistance. Churches play a key role in recovery.
Holy Land pilgrimage inspires young visitors
Young United Methodist clergy and laity traveled to the Holy Land, but they didn’t just sightsee. They embraced the roots of their ministry.
Rapper wins $40K for UM children’s home
Lil Jon’s success on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ will benefit Atlanta’s United Methodist Children’s Home.
Clergywomen struggle despite open doors
Many local churches still resist ethnic minority pastors, particularly women, says the Rev. Constance Y. Pak.
Post on hell lands pastor in hot water
Chad Holtz lost his pulpit after he lost his belief in hell. But that is not the whole story.
Church groups network for Japan relief
Ecumenical partnerships provide food, water and medical aid as UMCOR donations reach $600,000.
New rule for schools: More clergy, more funds
The higher education board has changed the formula for distributing funds to United Methodist seminaries.
Census helps church with evangelism
The demographic data will help Christians “reach the people God has given us,” says leadership expert.
Giving to those who give relief
Your offering for One Great Hour of Sharing ensures UMCOR has staff and supplies to respond efficiently in times of disaster and beyond.
Church can teach society about sexual ethics
Vital congregations offer space to discuss this “most social, personal and political aspect of our human existence,” says church executive.
Japanese Christians begin relief work
“The needs far surpass our ability to provide,” a missionary says. The United Methodist relief agency is responding with emergency funds.
Faith in times of disaster
When earthquakes and tsunamis occur, even faithful Christians question why God doesn’t prevent such disasters. Yet, God is still present in loss.
Student letters oppose executing mentally ill
A group of Vanderbilt Divinity students wrote letters to their congressmen supporting bills that would exclude the mentally ill from execution.
Japan tragedy bridges global community
From Connecticut to California, United Methodists respond to earthquake and tsunami and offer hope and healing.
Windsor Village builds a new social landscape
With a commitment to community building and strengthening families and faith, the growth of this United Methodist ‘kingdom’ seems limitless.
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