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UMs Among Dead from Bloody Attack in Beni

8/23/2016

By Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service A United Methodist district superintendent in East Congo was wounded and two of his sisters were killed when the city was attacked on Aug. 13. Although the government is reporting 51 deaths, the United Methodist leader said the death toll was closer to 101. The attack is being linked to the rebel ...


Lawson: Black Lives Matter Shows Need for Change

8/22/2016

UMNS photo by Mike DuBose The Rev. James Lawson talks about Black Lives Matter and the civil rights movement during a break from teaching at the Children Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute in Clinton, Tenn. By Kathy L. Gilbert, United Methodist News Service | CLINTON, Tenn.  A great social awakening that started with the civil rights movement is ...


The Five Most Difficult Questions for Pastors

8/19/2016

A UMC.org Feature By Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications In some professions, questions about love and life just come with the territory. Hairdressers and cab drivers spend a lot of time listening. So do United Methodist pastors, who often get questions after worship on a Sunday morning, from a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon, or ...


South Central Jurisdiction Realignment

8/18/2016

From the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Following 2012 General Conference, a jurisdictional task force has been researching hypothetical scenarios regarding the possible realignment of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ). Rev. Jim Welch, representing the Texas Annual Conference on the study committee, collaborated with ...


Five Great Outreach Ideas for Families

8/17/2016

Photo by Balazs Toth By Jeremy Steele, United Methodist Communications Reaching out to families in your community is central to building a healthy church. Some congregations have discovered the success of a "Parent's Night Out," where they offer free or inexpensive babysitting. Some also have made great strides in bringing back family worship. ...


How to Care for the Children in Your Congregation

8/16/2016

  Photo by ©CreationSwap/Marian Trinidad By Tricia Brown, UMCom Children likely comprise a significant portion of your congregation. From the infants in the nursery to the sixth-graders tossing a football on the church lawn, they all have a place and a purpose in the church. How can you minister to the needs of the youngest members of your ...


New Global Mission Fellows Ready to Serve

8/15/2016

Dring Mendoza is commissioned as a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries during a service at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Praying over him are, from left: General Secretary Thomas Kemper, Bishop Woodie White and the Rev. Judy Chung. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS   Jesus Calls…Young United Methodist ...


New Depot Aids West Virginia Flood Response

8/12/2016

The new relief-supply depot in West Virginia has seen a ring of support that has helped thousands of flood survivors. A new disaster relief-supply depot in West Virginia is helping thousands of flood survivors By Susan Kim, contributor to www.umcor.org August 4, 2016 — A new relief-supply depot established last spring by the West Virginia Annual ...


UMCOR School Kits Reach Rural Cambodia

8/11/2016

A student at Lvea Primary School in a poor rural district of central Cambodia shows off her UMCOR school kit, which will ensure her studies for an entire year.   In rural Cambodia, UMCOR and partner provide students nearly 17,000 school kits By Dam Tithiavan, UMCOR contributor August 9, 2016—Ten-year-old Eang Eng eagerly opened the school bag he ...


United Methodists Affected by Unrest in Zimbabwe

8/10/2016

By Eveline Chikwanah, a communicator in the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference | MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) Violent, almost daily protests in Zimbabwe against President Robert Mugabe’s handling of the country’s economic crisis have caused some United Methodist churches to cancel some services and even lock their doors and prompted a letter of assurance ...


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