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1 - New statistics provide snapshot of Korean United Methodists
2 - Sheltering in Love grant alleviates hunger
3 - Young elder numbers near historic low
4 - Groundbreaking first step for Nigerian church radio
5 - Fix broken migration policy, religious leaders say
6 - Conference backs replacing Cross and Flame
7 - At 94, he’s ‘Mr. Music of United Methodism’
8 - Full communion with Episcopalians delayed
9 - Empowering women in Liberia amid COVID-19
10 - 2020 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference
11 - Churches pick up after Sally
12 - Grappling with how racism coexists with faith
13 - Racism and Latinos: The wall of separation and fear
14 - Missions’ doctors, nurses serve despite struggles
15 - Debrecen church has new home
16 - Clergy: Racial justice is church’s responsibility
17 - 2020 Alaska Annual Conference
18 - Fires, coronavirus complicate Western disaster relief
19 - 2020 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
20 - 2020 Red Bird Missionary Annual Conference
21 - Driver arrested in crash that killed bishop
22 - Martin Methodist in talks to join UT system
23 - Finding strength in the worldwide church family
24 - Violence against women, girls in Africa spikes amid COVID-19
25 - Church exits denomination for LGBTQ equality
26 - Embracing whole truth about Methodism and race
27 - Fundraising, church assessments on tap for SBC21
28 - Bishop Yambasu remembered as bridge builder
29 - Rev. Gil Caldwell, civil rights pioneer, dies
30 - Church leads storm recovery in Iowa
31 - A new reformation? Look to the NGOs
32 - Pandemic leads more girls to early marriages
33 - Churches see census as part of their mission
34 - What of agencies in post-separation church?
35 - Community project births new congregation
36 - Bishop Hearn, force for missions, dies at 89
37 - Church agencies cope with new realities
38 - Board gets update on giving, online worship
39 - 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference
40 - 2020 Minnesota Annual Conference
41 - Louisiana churches hit by Hurricane Laura
42 - Supporting the church amid pandemic disruptions
43 - 2020 Texas Annual Conference
44 - Centenarian stirs up faith in Zimbabwe
45 - Church has the tools to dismantle racism today
46 - Water project lightens load for new mothers
47 - Test Test News Page With Content Width Photo Feature
48 - Churches begin returning to in-person worship
49 - Colleges, seminaries reopen amid COVID-19
50 - African schools adapt to health requirements
1 - New statistics provide snapshot of Korean United Methodists

The project, 10 years in the making, shows that Korean clergy are younger on average than previously thought and reveals a significant gender gap in appointments to Korean churches.

9/25/2020 1:50:52 PM

2 - Sheltering in Love grant alleviates hunger

More than 350 people in the four conferences of the Nigeria Episcopal Area benefitted from COVID-19 food assistance.

9/25/2020 10:07:50 AM

3 - Young elder numbers near historic low

United Methodist clergy age study shows modest growth period has been followed by drops in the number of both men and women elders under age 35.

9/24/2020 10:56:46 AM

4 - Groundbreaking first step for Nigerian church radio

A groundbreaking ceremony is the first step in bringing Grace Radio to Taraba State. The project is an initiative of the church in Nigeria in partnership with United Methodist Communications.

9/23/2020 2:33:35 PM

5 - Fix broken migration policy, religious leaders say

Faith leaders cite a lack of commitment by European nations to either refugees or their local hosts.

9/22/2020 2:56:40 PM

6 - Conference backs replacing Cross and Flame

North Texas Conference joins pastor in saying the insignia of The United Methodist Church is, inadvertently, racially insensitive.

9/22/2020 11:26:00 AM

7 - At 94, he’s ‘Mr. Music of United Methodism’

The Rev. Carlton R. “Sam” Young — composer, arranger, scholar and two-time hymnal editor — is out with a new collection of sacred music.

9/21/2020 11:20:28 AM

8 - Full communion with Episcopalians delayed

Citing COVID-19, the United Methodist and Episcopal dialogue committee urges putting its proposed agreement on hold until after 2021.

9/18/2020 1:26:58 PM

9 - Empowering women in Liberia amid COVID-19

UMW project teaches women to make soaps and sanitary pads to generate income and provide needed products in rural villages.

9/18/2020 11:56:00 AM

10 - 2020 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

September 17, online.

9/17/2020 3:58:00 PM

11 - Churches pick up after Sally

Hurricane brought strong winds, torrential rain to west Florida and south Alabama.

9/17/2020 3:06:39 PM

12 - Grappling with how racism coexists with faith

Three theologians wrestled with how Christianity can overcome racism at a time when polls show that many white Christians don’t see racial injustice as a problem.

9/16/2020 5:07:32 PM

13 - Racism and Latinos: The wall of separation and fear

The U.S.-Mexico border wall speaks volumes about attitudes toward Latinos, and the church must do more to respond.

9/16/2020 11:56:38 AM

14 - Missions’ doctors, nurses serve despite struggles

More patients turn to United Methodist hospitals, as Zimbabwe’s health sector remains paralyzed by labor strikes and a lack of supplies amid COVID-19.

9/16/2020 11:00:00 AM

15 - Debrecen church has new home

New church building in Debrecen, Hungary, has already been used for Pentecost and vacation Bible school.

9/15/2020 10:30:00 PM

16 - Clergy: Racial justice is church’s responsibility

United Methodists say there is potential for positive things to emerge from the racial unrest after two shootings in Wisconsin.

9/15/2020 11:29:08 AM

17 - 2020 Alaska Annual Conference

Sept. 15, virtual.

9/15/2020 11:04:00 AM

18 - Fires, coronavirus complicate Western disaster relief

After a hurricane or tornado, church disaster relief teams and volunteers typically spring into action. Such a response isn’t possible in wildfires.

9/14/2020 12:19:44 PM

19 - 2020 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference

Sept. 12, online.

9/12/2020 3:53:00 PM

20 - 2020 Red Bird Missionary Annual Conference

Sept. 12, virtual.

9/12/2020 10:46:00 AM

21 - Driver arrested in crash that killed bishop

The driver of the SUV that crashed into and killed Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu has been charged with seven counts, including speeding.

9/11/2020 10:53:56 AM

22 - Martin Methodist in talks to join UT system

Although there are several hurdles to clear, the University of Tennessee System and United Methodist-related Martin Methodist College are moving toward joining forces.

9/11/2020 9:46:28 AM

23 - Finding strength in the worldwide church family

After a decade of service, Thomas Kemper leaves the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries with stronger international ties.

9/10/2020 11:16:07 AM

24 - Violence against women, girls in Africa spikes amid COVID-19

United Methodists speak up for abuse survivors and encourage others to do the same through various church campaigns and training.

9/10/2020 9:18:00 AM

25 - Church exits denomination for LGBTQ equality

The United Methodist Church has seen multiple disaffiliations lately, but a Georgia church is the first in recent years to leave expressly in support of its LGBTQ members.

9/9/2020 3:40:13 PM

26 - Embracing whole truth about Methodism and race

While John Wesley and early American Methodists denounced slavery, the church’s history is marked by compromises and contention over race.

9/9/2020 12:01:30 PM

27 - Fundraising, church assessments on tap for SBC21

The new top executive of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century has got big plans and wants to move quickly.

9/9/2020 11:45:19 AM

28 - Bishop Yambasu remembered as bridge builder

The Sierra Leone Area bishop was remembered as a natural bridge builder who brought people together in the church and in the world.

9/8/2020 4:38:38 PM

29 - Rev. Gil Caldwell, civil rights pioneer, dies

The United Methodist pastor joined in the landmark events of the U.S. civil rights movement. He also pushed for LGBTQ equality.

9/8/2020 10:56:50 AM

30 - Church leads storm recovery in Iowa

United Methodist volunteers are coming from all over Iowa and other states to help following an Aug. 10 derecho windstorm that left a 700-mile path of destruction.

9/3/2020 11:45:06 AM

31 - A new reformation? Look to the NGOs

Why is the church struggling while non-governmental organizations are thriving? The answers could be important for the church’s future.

9/3/2020 10:41:13 AM

32 - Pandemic leads more girls to early marriages

United Methodist schools in Zimbabwe see more early marriages, other risky behavior as schools remain closed amid COVID-19.

9/3/2020 10:01:54 AM

33 - Churches see census as part of their mission

United Methodists across the U.S. are helping hard-to-count people ‘come to their census.’ In doing so, they hope to strengthen their communities.

9/2/2020 12:12:02 PM

34 - What of agencies in post-separation church?

Two reserve delegates to General Conference 2021 argue that the current church agency structure isn’t sustainable after The United Methodist Church splits.

9/2/2020 11:09:06 AM

35 - Community project births new congregation

Development work helps United Methodism grow in rural Sierra Leone village and now members are setting their sights on a new church building.

9/2/2020 10:30:00 AM

36 - Bishop Hearn, force for missions, dies at 89

Episcopal leader oversaw conferences in Nebraska, Texas, and had key role with Global Ministries.

9/1/2020 2:42:13 PM

37 - Church agencies cope with new realities

The changing landscape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty over the denomination’s future has created challenges for United Methodist agencies.

9/1/2020 1:49:45 PM

38 - Board gets update on giving, online worship

The board of the United Methodist finance agency reviewed the pandemic’s financial fallout and advice on counting online worship attendance.

8/31/2020 12:24:08 PM

39 - 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference

Aug. 29, virtual.

8/29/2020 1:56:00 PM

40 - 2020 Minnesota Annual Conference

Aug. 29, online.

8/29/2020 1:13:00 PM

41 - Louisiana churches hit by Hurricane Laura

Though flooding was less than feared, ‘the wind was not our friend,’ bishop says.

8/28/2020 2:19:26 PM

42 - Supporting the church amid pandemic disruptions

The United Methodist general agencies find new ways to support the church’s mission and its members despite challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

8/27/2020 1:58:16 PM

43 - 2020 Texas Annual Conference

Aug. 27, virtual.

8/27/2020 10:47:00 AM

44 - Centenarian stirs up faith in Zimbabwe

A Methodist for over 85 years, Joel Makombe shares his faith journey and experience living during flu, COVID-19 pandemics.

8/27/2020 10:46:56 AM

45 - Church has the tools to dismantle racism today

Four young United Methodists discuss the history of racism in the church and ways the denomination can "move the needle."

8/26/2020 4:37:02 PM

46 - Water project lightens load for new mothers

With a grant from UMCOR, church installs rainwater collection systems at three health facilities in East Congo Episcopal Area.

8/26/2020 9:51:02 AM

48 - Churches begin returning to in-person worship

Progress made with virtual worship will remain a part of the church experience as some sanctuaries reopen for Sunday services.

8/25/2020 10:24:51 AM

49 - Colleges, seminaries reopen amid COVID-19

Fall term features mask-wearing and many other adjustments at United Methodist-related schools.

8/24/2020 12:24:35 PM

50 - African schools adapt to health requirements

Others roll out e-learning programs as churches offer support to children, parents and teachers amid COVID-19 disruptions.

8/21/2020 10:30:00 AM

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