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Different vacation Bible school coming this summer

11 hours 12 min ago
Many churches are opting for a virtual vacation Bible school for the safety and health of children and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pastor connects through protest hymn

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:37
Sparked by the death of George Floyd and others, the Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson shares his own anguished song and finds an internet audience.

Church aids flood survivors in Congo

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 09:32
Donations from Switzerland Methodist Church, Wespath also help pastors and their families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Statements against racism

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:17
Since protests against police brutality and violence triggered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, United Methodist bishops and others have been speaking out.

United Methodists preach, protest and decry racism

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:28
Many United Methodists participated in protests in support of Black Lives Matter, calling for an end to police brutality and violence against people of color after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

The risk the white church must take to address racism

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:43
“The single greatest obstacle for the white church’s response to racism isn’t silence, it’s being lukewarm. It’s being shallow and timid in how we address racism in the church,” writes The Rev. Eric Mayle.

Collection rates plunge as COVID-19 rises

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:37
Giving to general church ministries plummeted in April as the denomination focused on slowing the disease and supporting local churches.

From children’s song to church anthem

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:34
“We Are the Church” is a song for Pentecost, yet the popular hymn almost didn’t make it into The United Methodist Hymnal.

Preaching can highlight climate crisis

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:02
United Methodists spoke about environmental justice at an online gathering devoted to the art of preaching.

COVID-19 fund grants help fill the gaps

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:07
From Louisiana to the Philippines, United Methodists are finding ways to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and asking for support from the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund.

Churches practice caution before reopening

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 09:22
United Methodist bishops are setting guidelines and recommending times for the churches in their conference to reopen — recommendations that are not necessarily the same as what their state governments are allowing.

Chance meeting leads to understanding about reparations

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 06:00
A chance meeting between two women leads a white woman whose ancestors owned a rice plantation to think concretely about reparations.

Bishop Jones removed from SMU board

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:55
The Texas Conference leader was ousted by fellow trustees after he joined the South Central Jurisdictional Conference’s lawsuit against the school.

Filipinos on the margins hurt by COVID-19

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:14
United Methodists from the three episcopal areas have come together to provide food and other assistance during the pandemic.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month during pandemic

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:50
Blaming and harassment of Asian Americans recalls the World War II internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans, writes the Rev. John Oda.

New General Conference dates announced

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 15:33
General Conference, postponed by pandemic, is scheduled for late summer 2021, despite requests those dates be changed.

Celebrating Asian/Pacific American heritage

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:43
This month offers a chance to counter rising violence and affirm Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders belong in the U.S. and the church.

Churches extend helping hands to homeless

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:27
United Methodists keeping in touch with homeless, vulnerable while staying safe during pandemic.

United Methodist ministry aids Navajo Nation

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:45
The Four Corners Native American Ministry is among those helping tribal members and front-line workers as COVID-19 cases continue to rise on the reservation.

Share your audio to help preserve United Methodist history

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:08
A wealth of church history is contained in audio files in local churches, seminaries and annual conferences. We must act now to save those treasures.