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United Methodist women determined to restore peace in Kivu
At consultations in Bukavu and Uvira, women seek solutions to years of conflict in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 10:37:12 AM

Apportionment collection rates down after GC2019
Denomination’s finance agency reports declines in giving through June across the seven general church funds.
Monday, July 22, 2019 2:51:41 PM

Youth help impoverished peers in Angola
In response to hunger and poverty, the youth of Malanje and Kiwaba Nzoji districts in Eastern Angola take positive action.
Friday, July 19, 2019 11:13:15 AM

Cameroon women assist internally displaced people
As violence forces women and children to seek refuge in the bush, and the United Methodist Women Association Cameroon is reaching out to help internally displaced people.
Thursday, July 18, 2019 11:21:00 AM

Conferences mull denomination’s future
During summer regional meetings, U.S. United Methodists discussed splitting or sticking with the denomination.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:26:43 AM

Strategizing to fight HIV, AIDS in West Africa
Thirty delegates from Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and the U.S. attended a United Methodist summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:08:05 AM

Coffin, former Judicial Council member, dies at 95
The Rev. Wayne Coffin, Oklahoma Conference, served on The United Methodist Church’s top court from 1980-96.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:41:39 AM

Urgency needed to combat climate change
United Methodists agreed at a conference on climate change that the church must be more systemic and aggressive to help keep the planet Earth supporting human life.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:54:32 PM

Mozambique young adults save lives by donating blood
Young adults in Mozambique make a lifesaving decision to address a shortage of blood in public hospitals.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:45:00 AM

Deacon went from superheroes to God
The Rev. Mike Friedrich is a United Methodist deacon with a Marvel-ous past. These days, the former comic book writer works to redevelop church properties in the California-Nevada Conference.
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:30:08 PM

Immigrant in United Methodist church fined $214,000
Maria Chavalan Sut has been in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church since Oct. 1, 2018. Sut is one of several immigrants who received fines from the federal government.
Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:56:40 PM

Church members donate salaries to build church
In the Congo, where the average annual income is $400, United Methodists raise $2.5 million.
Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:39:27 AM

2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s future
To deal with schism-threatening conflict over homosexuality, Bishops Bard and Jones favor making The United Methodist Church an umbrella for self-governing church groups.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 2:21:16 PM

From trash to cash: Zimbabwe woman launches venture
By recycling plastic and cloth, Tapiwa Nyawasha supports herself and her church and encourages others to do likewise.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 12:12:49 PM

How accurate are church membership numbers?
Denominational membership data comes with uncertainty. There are very good reasons why.
Tuesday, July 09, 2019 12:55:37 PM

Zimbabwe church trains youth leaders to avoid drugs
Substance abuse is rising in Zimbabwe and the church has launched a campaign to teach youth to make healthier choices.
Tuesday, July 09, 2019 11:52:23 AM

First health center opens in rural Congo village
For many years the population of Osio was forced to travel long distances to receive medical care. Now they don’t have to go anywhere.
Monday, July 08, 2019 12:35:31 PM

Slavery anniversary leads to new discussions
To mark the 400th anniversary of the first African people being brought to the U.S. as slaves, these resources can help United Methodists better understand that haunting legacy.
Monday, July 08, 2019 11:50:00 AM

Zimbabwe United Methodists focus on sports and recreation
Connecting a healthy mind and a healthy body is the key to a happier life, says Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019 3:52:00 PM

California-Nevada says no to withholding funds, disaffiliation
The cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference says no to disaffiliation and withholding apportionments.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019 11:47:39 AM

John Wesley reminds us that grace is available to all
Seminary professor Laceye C. Warner writes that Wesley’s instructions to modern Methodists would be the same as Methodists of his day: Extend God’s love and grace to others.
Wednesday, July 03, 2019 11:11:00 AM

Clergy embrace becoming foster parents
West Virginia has one of the highest rates in the nation of children removed from homes due to drug abuse, and one of the lowest rates of new homes for them. Clergy felt called to respond.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019 3:31:00 PM

East Congo church offers orphans brighter future
The United Methodist Church in East Congo helps orphans navigate difficult time with counseling, education and skills training to help them become self-sufficient.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019 11:45:46 AM

Wesley would call modern Methodists to return to their roots
Wesley knew that the people called Methodists were themselves liable to spiritual slumber. Seminary professor David F. Watson thinks Wesley would direct today’s church back to the intentional practices of the Methodist societies.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019 11:32:00 AM

Wesley would urge modern Methodists to stay Christ-centered
Wesley’s advice on how to live and serve with fellow Methodists with varying opinions on doctrine and practice applies to United Methodists today, one pastor writes.
Monday, July 01, 2019 3:54:00 PM

7 Mississippi churches exit denomination
Debates around sexuality caused his church to ‘lose focus,’ says one Mississippi pastor whose congregation is leaving The United Methodist Church.
Monday, July 01, 2019 2:57:28 PM

Clinic patients come in carts, wheelbarrows, on foot
Dindi community welcomes United Methodist Church’s health outreach efforts but pleads for ambulance and doctors.
Monday, July 01, 2019 11:05:47 AM

Refugee church helps other refugees worship
A Milwaukee church started by Hmong refugees from Laos welcomes a congregation of Congolese refugees.
Monday, July 01, 2019 11:02:42 AM

Zimbabwe church using social media to spread the Gospel
Churches in Zimbabwe are embracing social media for its ability to bring the Gospel to a larger audience.
Friday, June 28, 2019 9:30:00 AM

US elections see shift in GC2020 delegates
U.S. annual conferences elected more delegates opposed to the Traditional Plan, but traditionalists say they still have the majority.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:27:02 PM

Neglected children spark outcry for immigration reform
Recent reports of children suffering at immigrant detention centers and drowning of migrants trying to reach the U.S. mean reform is needed, many United Methodist leaders say.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 2:35:59 PM

Sierra Leone conference opens new eye clinic
For years, patients living in the northern Sierra Leone city of Port Loko and nearby villages who had eye diseases had to travel about 40 miles to the nearest eye clinic.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 11:16:21 AM

California-Nevada has 6 new LGBTQ clergy
2019 California-Nevada Annual conference ordained, commissioned or licensed 13 clergy.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 4:26:57 PM

Christian hymn unites Hong Kong protesters
Song has helped defuse tensions during massive demonstrations and has become movement’s anthem, says a Hong Kong Methodist.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:58:05 AM

Police question United Methodists about sanctuary guests
A district superintendent and pastor in the Philippines said police intimidated and threatened them for offering sanctuary to human rights workers.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:55:38 AM

New video calls out harassment of clergywomen
North Carolina Conference effort yields news coverage, large viewership.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:06:05 PM

Church in Congo walks alongside Ebola survivors
As Ebola death toll tops 1,500, United Methodists continue to raise awareness and support those affected by the outbreak.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:54:26 AM

The Book of Discipline unites us as a church
As a new United Methodist, Stephen Mannion is amazed by the current level of discord and advises adhering to the laws that define the denomination.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:42:27 AM

Prison ministry delivers gifts, hope
Members of the Sierra Leone Conference, UMW missionaries visit young detainees at Kingtom Remand Home to celebrate Day of the African Child.
Monday, June 24, 2019 11:49:24 AM

2019 Poland Annual Conference
June 21-23, in Ostóda, Poland.
Sunday, June 23, 2019 1:02:00 PM

2019 Western North Carolina Conference
June 20-23, in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
Sunday, June 23, 2019 1:00:00 AM

2019 Virginia Annual Conference
June 20-22, in Roanoke, Virginia.
Saturday, June 22, 2019 4:08:00 PM

2019 California-Nevada Annual Conference
June 19-22, in Modesto, California.
Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:43:00 AM

Clergyman apologizes for filing complaint
The Rev. Heecheon Jeon has apologized for filing a complaint against the Rev. Anna Blaedel after she stated during an annual conference session that she was a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
Friday, June 21, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Church provides aid to Nigerians displaced by violence
Ten camps for internally displaced persons around Jalingo are sheltering people who have fled violence perpetrated by Boko Haram or conflicts involving groups such as the Fulani herdsmen.
Friday, June 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Bishop Hicks, striver for peace, dies at 96
The bishop, who led conferences in Arkansas and Kansas, was known for his kindness and wry humor.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:52:30 PM

Gay deacon ordained in Desert Southwest
Ordination is another step in a long life of service for a man who has faced many challenges because of his sexual orientation.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:07:27 PM

2019 Minnesota Annual Conference
June 18-20, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:34:00 AM

2019 Kivu Annual Conference Report
June 14-19, 2019, in Samarie-Office Local Church, Congo
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:39:00 PM

Mission’s schools see drop in girls’ enrollment
Despite a higher birth rate at United Methodist Arnoldine Mission, fewer girls attend the primary and secondary schools.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:21:03 AM

 

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